Research reveals European countries are topping as the best providers of Digital Quality of Life

Surfshark has recently published the Digital Quality of Life Index for the year 2020, and the research was based around 85 countries. This means that almost 81% of the global population was surveyed and the countries were indexed according to five detrimental factors or pillars that define and determine the digital quality of life which are as follows:

1. Internet affordability, which encompasses the average number of hours worked to cover the cheapest broadband internet

2. Internet quality which looks at the mobile and broadband speed and stability

3. Electronic infrastructure is about the number of people using the internet

4. Electronic security includes cybersecurity and data protection laws

5. Electronic government means the availability and readiness of governments to use these e-government services and Artificial Intelligence.

The countries that topped the index of highest Digital Quality of Life providers include the Scandinavian countries, but at the same time, 7 out of 10 European countries were also found to be topping this index. This shows how well-developed these regions are and how they influence the lives of people living in these countries for the better. Surprisingly, the US was found to be standing in the 22nd position.

The top five countries include Denmark in the first place, Sweden in the second, Canada in the third place, France in the fourth rank, Norway in the fifth stand, followed by Netherlands, UK, Israel, Japan, and Poland.

Israel, Canada, and Azerbaijan were noted to be best in terms of Internet affordability, while Singapore, Sweden, and the Netherlands are the best providers of Internet Quality.

UAE, Sweden, and Denmark have the best e-infrastructure, while the UK, France, and Lithuania provide the best e-security. Singapore, UK, and the USA are great with the e-government factor.

13 countries including Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Uruguay out of the surveyed 85 countries were found to be beyond the expectations in terms of providing their citizens with better internet connectivity and higher levels of e-security.

On the other hand, 3 countries including Bahrain, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia were found to be underperforming in terms of providing better digital well-being to their citizens with low levels of internet quality and cybersecurity.

However, even the topping countries have some flaws too. The Scandinavian countries lack in providing a high quality of broadband and the affordability factor.

Canada also suffers from low mobile affordability and broadband instability. France also has an unstable internet, and Israel is providing a mediocre quality of the internet.

The coronavirus pandemic also affected the internet service globally, and during the first month of global lockdown, out of these 85 countries, 49 were reported to have experienced impaired mobile internet speed, while 44 countries suffered due to deteriorating broadband connectivity.

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