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Netherlands ranks high on Global Information Technology Report

The Netherlands scores high when it comes to the use of information technology in society. The Netherlands ranks 9th in the world on the 2009-2010 Global Information Technology Report followed by Germany and China.

The list was published on Thursday by the World Economic Forum and INSEAD, the leading international business school. This year’s report again featured the Networked Readiness Index (NRI), which ranks 133 economies by examining the correlation between ICT readiness and economic growth. Sweden ranked first in the 2009-2010 rankings, followed by Singapore and Denmark (which ranked first for the past three years). The Netherlands was also 9th on the list last year. The United States dropped from third to fifth place.

The Networked Readiness Index examines how prepared countries are to use ICT effectively on three dimensions: the general business, regulatory and infrastructure environment for ICT; the readiness of the three key stakeholder groups in a society – individuals, businesses and governments – to use and benefit from ICT; and the actual usage of the latest information and communication technologies available.

The report examines the key role of information and communications technologies (ICT) as an enabler of a more economically, environmentally and socially sustainable world in the aftermath of the most serious economic crises in decades.