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Swedes lead the world in tech usage: report

TT/The Local · 12 Feb 2010, 12:29

Published: 12 Feb 2010 12:29 GMT+01:00

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Sweden has overtaken the USA, with Norway in third place, in the new Connectivity Scorecard report, created in 2008 by London Business School professor Leonard Waverman.

A strong contributory factor for Sweden's advance in technology use is the so-called PC-reform launched at the end of the 1990s. Swedish households were then given the right to purchase their home computers on preferential terms through their employers.

"When the reform arrived more than 80 percent of the population gained access to a home PC. Since then Sweden has been an the forefront with regards to new technology," said David Larsson at IT Research.

Following the home PC reform the rapid expansion of Sweden's broadband network, including the 3G mobile networks, has further established Sweden as the world's leading IT nation.

David Larsson believes that Sweden can still improve - within mobile telecommunications for example.

"We are at the top there also. Even if we will never get 100 percent coverage across the country - the geographical distances are too great - I think we can get above 90 percent," he said.

In last year's survey Sweden came in second behind the USA. But according to the 2010 report, there is little risk of Sweden being pushed back off its perch.

"By contrast there is the beginning of a gap in what was once the essence of US leadership in most industrial and service sectors," Leonard Waveman said in a statement on the Connectivity Scorecard website.

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The new report, commissioned by Nokia Siemens Networks, surveyed 50 countries which are divided into Resource-driven and Innovation-driven economies.

Of the Resource-driven countries, Malaysia topped the list with a connectivity score of 7.14, followed by South Africa and Chile.

Of the Innovation-driven economies, Sweden leads on 7.95, followed by the USA on 7.77 and Norway on 7.74. The other Nordic countries make up the top six, along with the Netherlands.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

14:27 February 12, 2010 by davidmc
The only thing in the US is big business and big government. The privileged few live in their gated communities; and, then there is everyone else, the hardworking Abraham Lincoln types with memories of what use to be. Main Street is gone and will never return. The only thing left here is a life of debt and servitude. The US will start falling behind the rest of world in many areas.
19:09 February 12, 2010 by glamshek
It is slightly amusing report that Swedes are catching up with US in IT. Population is low here
19:52 February 12, 2010 by calebian22

These results are based on percentage of population not total numbers of computers, mobile phones, etc. Even if every swede has 1 computer, that is still only 9 million computers. There are many more computers than 9 million in the US.
20:52 February 12, 2010 by Nemesis
@ glamshek

Read the article before commenting.
21:47 February 12, 2010 by dahaviland
I think it's awesome that Sweden is such technology driven country and it is not surprising that it has become a leader in the innovative driven economies. It encompasses everything.


Maybe I read wrong, but I don't see how this article is all about US bashing. How can you be so sure that the US is going to fall behind when so many major technological innovations have come from the US. American "Big business" still has the funding, r&d and drive to stay ahead without being suffocated by taxes. I find that some people love to bash the US as if they wish it would fail instead of embracing the positive things that come from the US.
22:16 February 12, 2010 by Alex Coman
The only reason US is not in the first place is because there s a lot of workers from poor countries living there.

Bigger country, bigger problems. Anyway, The US are the the biggest IT market, and is really The Leading country in this matter.

Otherwise, Luxembourg, Andorra, Monaco and San Marino can take the first place immediately they want to.
14:16 February 13, 2010 by glamshek
Yea , You People are right.
22:56 February 13, 2010 by Alex Coman
Something funny about tech usage in Sweden: only 7 comments. Seems to me people are really interested in this...
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