Denmark in top 10 of countries with digital natives

Denmark performs well in a new world ranking of young people's use of the Internet, writes videnskab.dk. This is important as IT-savvy young people are the future.

"A country's future is defined by the present generation of young people and by technology. Countries with a high proportion of young people who are already online, are in a position to define and manage tomorrow's digital era", says Professor Michael Best from Georgia Institute of Technology and the International Telecommunication Union.

In a new world ranking of young people's Internet usage, Michael Best and his colleagues have tried to rank how IT-savvy the world's young people are. The list ranks the world's digital natives i.e. young people who were born around the time when the PC was introduced and who have used digital technology throughout adolescence. The countries are ranked according to the percentage of the population that falls into the category digital natives.

Denmark ranks number 10 with 12.3 per cent of the population defined as digital natives. The list is topped by Iceland with 13.9 per cent, followed by New Zealand, South Korea, Malaysia and Lithuania.

The list can also be ranked according to the percentage of young people who are digital natives. Here Denmark ranks as number 6 with 96.9 per cent of all young people who are digital natives.