Denmark takes the lead in global ranking of future readiness

Surpassing the USA, the UK and the Netherlands, Denmark is once again ranked by the "IMD World Competitiveness Ranking" as the country in the world most ready for the future.

What does it mean to be a digital competitive country? For the second year in a row, the IMD World Competitive Ranking explores this question looking at how countries around the globe adopt digital technologies to transform government practices, business models and society in general. 

This year, Denmark has not only improved its overall digital position from a 5th to 4th place, Denmark is also highlighted as the country in the world most ready for the future; a category that implies that Denmark is world leading in terms of adaptive attitudes, business agility and IT integration. 

Greater Copenhagen is one of the most creative and innovative Metropolis in Europe having fostered global success companies such as Skype, Unity, Trustpilot, Zendesk, Momondo, JustEat and Vivino. Denmark is pushing a progressive digitisation agenda in the public sector and making data accessible for companies, which makes Greater Copenhagen a leading hotspot for innovative tech startups and smart city solutions
- Claus Lønborg, CEO, Copenhagen Capacity

Denmark scores high in readiness and education 

The ranking draws upon 50 selected indicators divided into three factors: knowledge, technology and future readiness. Denmark is amongst the top 10 in these categories: 

  • Digital knowledge #10
  • Knowledge #8 
  • Digital technology #10
  • Future readiness #1 
  • Digital training and education #3

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Denmark's digital agenda

In order to remain a digital front runner, the Danish government has allocated 134 million EUR to initiatives running until 2025 as part of the so-called "Digital Growth Strategy".

Read more about the danish digitization agenda 

The IMD World Digital Competitiveness Ranking 2018 



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The IMD World Digital Competitiveness Ranking Top 10   

  1. USA
  2. Singapore
  3. Sweden
  4. Denmark
  5. Switzerland
  6. Norway
  7. Finland
  8. Canada
  9. Netherlands
  10. United Kingdom