Latvia ranked 19th in EU's Digital Economy and Society Index

Latvia ranked 19th in the European Union's Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) for 2016, the European Commission said in a release today to tie in with a rebranding effort for its Digital Single Market campaign.

"In DESI 2016, Latvia has an overall score[ of 0.49 and ranks 19th out of the 28 EU Member States. High speed broadband connections are available to 91% of homes and Latvia has seen increases in the take-up of fixed broadband (65% of households). More Latvians go online (75%), 36% of Internet users are using eGovernment actively and Latvians engage in a variety of online activities," a Commission report says.

Nevertheless, 19th place in the EU is likely to be a surprisingly disappointing ranking considering the frequency with which Latvians are told their country is among the digital vanguard. 

"Integration of digital technology by Latvian businesses remains a challenge. Even though we have seen slight increases from last year in this dimension, Latvia scores second lowest in the EU," the Commission says.

"Latvia falls into cluster of countries catching up[. Scoring below the EU average and with an above average growth from last year."

The top performing countries are Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden and Finland with Estonia predictably topping the Baltic rankings in seventh place overall with Lithuania 13th.

You can read the full findings HERE.

The Commission has also produced a short video about the whole thing which you can see below:

 

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