What Countries Have the Highest Digital Quality of Life?

Quality of life is a term used to measure the overall happiness of a given population, and there are many ways in which it can be calculated. Digital quality of life is a relatively new phenomenon, and Denmark has consistently ranked at the very top. The Scandinavian nation reached the top spot and 2020 and 2021, before being toppled by Israel which ranked first thanks to its immensely affordable internet connections.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that Israel has seen a stunning rise over these past two years. In 2020, Sweden was ranked second, Canada reached third place and Israel was nowhere to be seen. A year later, Denmark continued to dominate the top spot, but South Korea rose to second place with Finland ranking third.

By 2022, Denmark had been bumped down to second place, and Germany took the third spot with all things having been considered and taken into account. This marks Germany’s first ever entry into the top three list, and it will be interesting to see if it is able to keep the momentum going. The central European nation has made tremendous strides thanks to the affordability of its internet packages as well as the top notch internet security that its citizens can avail.

As for Denmark, while it was unable to hold on to the top spot, it still provides some of the most impressive digital infrastructure in the entire world. Good internet infrastructure is important because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up keeping citizens as well connected as possible, and Denmark is clearly doing a good job in that regard.

It will be interesting to see what the results look like from here on out. The DQL index for 2023 is just around the corner, and chances are that another reshuffling is on the horizon. Apart from Denmark, no other country has been able to stay in the top three in terms of DQL for two consecutive years, so Israel has the opportunity to do something more or less unprecedented.

Germany will also be looking to maintain its position and potentially even rise up the ranks, although this might be harder than might have been the case otherwise due to Israel’s rapid ascendancy. Meanwhile, Denmark is on the precipice of staying in the top three for the fourth year in a row, something that is orders of magnitude better than what any other country has managed so far.

These rankings are by no means arbitrary, since they rely on an assortment of indicators. The affordability of internet is factored into the equation, as is the quality of the internet connection provided. Infrastructure is also going to be a critical component for determining which countries actually manage to enter the top three rankings, as would security, and e-government is also another interesting criteria to pay attention to.

Israel and South Korea have shown that Europe is not the only continent that provides exceptional DQL. Asia is rising up, while North America, especially the US, is lagging behind considerably which could get even worse as time goes by.

H/T: Surf Shark

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