Performance Overview

THE NETHERLANDS is the final country to make it into the top 3. Like the two countries ranked above it, the Netherlands performs well in all four pillars, ranking in the top 10 in each of them. The country is particularly strong when it comes to Technology (2nd), where it is the global leader in the Content sub-pillar and has a high level of Future Technologies (8th). In the Impact (5th) pillar, it benefits from solid performances in the Economy (9th) and Quality of Life (7th) sub-pillars. Other notable strengths relate to the country’s levels of Regulation (4th) and Inclusion (6th), which contribute to good Governance (8th), and to ICT usage and skills by firms and national authorities (ranking 7th in both sub-pillars related to Businesses and Governments), which boosts the digital relevance for People (6th). The main weakness is the Individuals (18th) sub-pillar, especially when it comes to increased digital usage.

GDP (PPP) per capita
1. Mobile tariffs77.9930
2. Cost of cheapest internet-enable device (% of monthly GDP per capita)62.7134
3. Households with internet acccess95.99
4. 4G mobile network coverage (% of population)9924
5. Fixed-broadband subscriptions, 10Mbit/s or above (% of totaal subscriptions)98.816
6. International internet bandwidth, kb/s per Internet user73.3328
7. Proportion of primary schools with access to Internet for pedagogical purpose1001
1. Digital participationn/an/a
2. Mobile apps development94.575
3. Receipts for the use of intellectual property1001
1. Availability of latest technologies94.737
2. Company investment in emerging technology86.935
3. Government procurement of advanced technology products62.5518
4. ICT PCT patent applications per million population65.112
5. Total computer software spending (% of GDP)54.558
6. Robot density53.6911
1. Medium and high-tech industry62.4115
2. High-tech exports42.1315
3. PCT patent applications59.629
4. Labour productivity per employee60.0615
1. Happiness91.775
2. Freedom to make life choices90.6317
3. Income inequality91.5814
4. Healthy life expectancy at birth84.9819
1. Access to basic services98.4938
2. Pollution92.8427
3. Road safety96.566
4. Reading proficiency in schools99.482
5. Maths proficiency in schools84.4810
5. Use of clean fuels and technology1001
1. Internet users94.511
2. Active mobile-broadband subscriptions34.7743
3. Use of virtual social networks63.6241
5. Tertiary enrolment61.9812
5. Adult literacy raten/an/a
6. ICT skills87.348
1. Firms with website97.43
2. Internet shopping97.112
3. Professionals69.315
4. Technicians and associate professionals69.7418
5. Extent of staff training84.455
6. R&D expenditure by businesses29.8617
1. Government online services92.3117
2. Publication and use of open data74.959
3.ICT use and government efficiency78.0115
4. R&D expenditure by governments and higher education75.2112
1. Rule of law94.769
2. Software piracy rate90.5413
3. Secure Internet servers98.282
4. Cybersecurity94.9613
5. Online trust and safety54.0362
1. Regulatory quality95.863
2. Ease of doing business81.1441
3. Legal framework's adaptability to digital business models82.7910
4. E-commerce legislation1001
5. Social safety net protection90.59
6. ICT regulatory environment94.9818
1. E-Participation98.734
2. Socioeconomic gap in use of digital payments96.6211
3. Availability of local online content95.874
4. Gender gap in internet use66.1625
5. Rural gap in use of digital payments75.8524