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
IS03
NLD
Country
Netherlands
Score
81.37
Rank
4
Technology
83.81
People
73.45
Governance
89.47
Impact
78.75
1. Mobile tariffs 77.99 30
2. Handset prices 62.71 34
3. Households with internet acccess 96.14 9
4. 4G mobile network coverage (% of population) 99.00 24
5. Fixed-broadband subscriptions, 10Mbit/s or above (% of total subscriptions) 98.81 6
6. International internet bandwidth, kb/s per Internet user 73.35 29
7. Proportion of primary schools with access to Internet for pedagogical purpose 100.00 1
1. GitHub commits 79.07 5
2. Wikipedia edits 93.02 5
3. Internet domain registrations* - -
4. Mobile apps development 95.07 5
1. Availability of latest technologies 100.00 1
2. Company investment in emerging technology 87.95 5
3. ICT PCT patent applications per million population 66.62 13
4. Total computer software spending (% of GDP) 55.71 9
5. Robot density 53.69 11
1. Medium and high-tech industry 62.41 15
2. High-tech exports 42.97 18
3. PCT patent applications 51.85 9
4. Labour productivity per employee 67.09 15
5. Prevalence of gig economy 94.63 2
1. Happiness 93.02 6
2. Freedom to make life choices 86.80 36
3. Income inequality 88.92 14
4. Healthy life expectancy at birth 86.13 20
1. SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being 95.08 6
2. SDG 4: Quality Education 72.90 7
3. SDG 5: Gender Equality 74.10 69
4. SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy 82.95 48
5. SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities 93.67 11
1. Internet users 94.91 11
2. Active mobile-broadband subscriptions 35.31 43
3. Use of virtual social networks 63.92 44
5. Tertiary enrolment 61.98 12
5. Adult literacy rate n/a n/a
6. ICT skills 93.94 4
1. Firms with website 95.65 4
2. Ease of doing business 81.14 41
3. Professionals 65.69 5
4. Technicians and associate professionals 70.95 16
5. Business use of digital tools 99.21 2
6. R&D expenditure by businesses 29.45 17
1. Government online services 90.30 12
2. Publication and use of open data 74.95 9
3. Government promotion of investment in emerging technologies 66.87 20
4. R&D expenditure by governments and higher education 74.51 12
1. Secure Internet servers 93.98 2
2. Cybersecurity 95.02 13
3. Online access to financial account 89.01 5
4. Internet shopping 97.11 2
1. Regulatory quality 95.86 3
2. ICT regulatory environment 94.98 19
3. Legal framework's adaptability to emerging technologies 82.05 8
4. E-commerce legislation 100.00 1
5. Privacy protection by law content 68.26 41
1. E-Participation 96.30 9
2. Socioeconomic gap in use of digital payments 96.62 11
3. Availability of local online content 97.09 3
4. Gender gap in internet use 66.16 27
5. Rural gap in use of digital payments 75.85 25

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