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Netherlands third in E-Readiness rankings 2009

E-readiness Rankings 2009: The Netherlands has risen to third place on the e-readiness rankings for 2009. US is the global e-readiness leader and Switzerland is the European leader.

This is reflected in the annual list of the Economist Intelligence Unit and IBM, which was published Wednesday.

Last year the Netherlands was at the seventh place of international competitive positions in the ICT field. The research shows a clear upward trend of the Dutch competitive position since 2001.

E-Readiness is the ability to use Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to develop one’s economy and to foster one’s welfare.

Each year, in cooperation with the IBM Institute for Business Value, the Economist Intelligence Unit produces a ranking of e-readiness across countries, based on six pillars of e-readiness: connectivity & technology infrastructure, business environment, social & cultural environment, legal environment, government policy & vision and consumer & business adoption.

Netherlands is doing very well in the field of connectivity and technology infrastructure. Our country is associated with Switzerland in the first place. The Netherlands is second in terms of legal issues and our country scores well on ICT use by consumers and businesses.

E-readiness continues to advance across the globe. Indeed, the average e-readiness score of the 70 countries in this year’s rankings improved for the fifth year in a row.