January 28, 2009

United States, Nordics top tech usage ranking

The United States and Scandinavian countries top the annual rankings on the usage of telecommunications technologies such as networks, cellphones and computers, a report released on Wednesday shows.

Following are the ratings for top 10 "innovation driven economies" measured in the study, scale 1-10:

UNITED STATES 7.71
SWEDEN 7.47
DENMARK 7.18
NETHERLANDS 6.75
NORWAY 6.51
BRITAIN 6.44
CANADA 6.15
AUSTRALIA 6.14
SINGAPORE 5.99
JAPAN 5.87

... Countries in eastern and southern Europe -- including Italy, Spain, Greece, Poland -- took the last spots on the list of 25 developed countries.

Malaysia, helped by good co-operation between the public and private sectors, topped the list for developing countries, with four more countries bypassing last year's leader Russia.

Following are indexes for top 10 "efficiency and resource driven economies," scale 1-10, but not comparable with indexes for innovation-driven economies.

MALAYSIA 7.07
TURKEY 6.71
CHILE 6.59
SOUTH AFRICA 5.76
MEXICO 5.39
RUSSIA 5.37
ARGENTINA 5.14
BRAZIL 5.12
COLOMBIA 4.08
BOTSWANA 3.98

[via Reuters]

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