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Benchmarking the Future of the Network Economy

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The Network Readiness Index 2021 ranks a total of 130 economies that collectively account for almost 95 percent of global gross domestic product (GDP). The Netherlands takes the 1st spot from Sweden (2nd) as the most network-ready society. The biggest mover is the United States (4th), which surged from eighth position to rank fourth in this year’s index, pushing Singapore (7th) and Switzerland (6th) out of the top 5. The other five countries that make up the top 10 are Denmark (3rd), Finland (5th), Germany (8th), Norway (9th) and the United Kingdom (10th).

As the list of the top 10 performers indicates, NRI 2020 confirms that advanced economies in Europe, parts of Asia and the Pacific, and North America are among the world’s most network-ready societies. More concretely, 17 of the top 25 countries are in Europe (primarily Northern and Western Europe), four economies are in Eastern and Southeastern Asia, two are in Oceania (Australia and New Zealand), and two are in North America (Canada and the United States).

Of the economies covered in this year’s index, 50 are high-income economies, 33 are upper-middle-income countries, 33 are lower-middle-income countries, and 14 are low-income countries. In terms of regional distribution, there are 30 African countries, 12 Arab States, 21 economies from Asia and the Pacific, six from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), 41 European countries, and 20 countries from the Americas.


Top 3 Countries by Income Group

High Income Countries Upper-Middle Income Countries Lower-middle Income Countries Low Income Countries
1. Netherlands (1) 1. China (29) 1. Ukraine (53) 1. Rwanda (101)
2. Sweden (2) 2. Malaysia (38) 2. Viet Nam (63) 2. Tajikistan (111)
3. Denmark (3) 3. Russian Federation (43) 3. India (67) 3. Gambia (113)

Note: Global ranks in parentheses.

Top 3 Countries by region

Note: Global ranks in parentheses. CIS = Commonwealth of Independent States.

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