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New Zealand in the Top 10 countries in the world!
Posted on 25-Jun-2003 12:54 | Tags Filed under: News

New Zealand in the Top 10 countries in the world!
The latest IDC Information Society Index (2003) listed New Zealand amongst the top 10 countries in the world, # 2 in Civil Liberty, after Finland!

IDC redesigned and simplified the index around key IDC data points and social variables. The Index is based on IDC research including Black Book, PC Tracker, Internet Commerce Market Model, Telecom Black Book, social data from United Nations and others.

This year they enhanced focus on wireless and broadband variables, and included new variables like Government Corruption index.

What the ISI (Information Society Index) shows?

  • Measures ability of nations to absorb and utilize Information and Information Technology
  • Building blocks – PC penetration, Internet usage
  • Growth drivers – wireless subscribers, mobile web users, broadband households
  • Inhibitors – government corruption, civil liberty restrictions, low education levels
  • Ranks nations according to sophistication, infrastructure in four ‘pillars’: computer, Internet, information (telecoms), social

    The Top 5 by computers are:

  • USA
  • Canada
  • Singapore
  • New Zealand
  • Netherlands

    The Top 5 by Civil Liberties index are:

  • Finland
  • New Zealand
  • Sweden
  • Norway
  • Denmark

    The Top 10 list (in order):

  • Sweden
  • Denmark
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Finland
  • New Zealand
  • Switzerland
  • USA
  • Austria
  • Canada

    So, by these standards, New Zealand with 4 million people is well positioned in terms of living and knowledge society. Well done folks .

    Follow the link to the IDC website (free registration required) and you'll find a PowerPoint presentation with all figures, including a list with top 50 countries.

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