Sweden is the most networked country in the world

The World Economic Forum released a report tracking information technology globally – and Sweden ranks first as the most networked country in the world.

The WEF surveys 133 countries and draws its data from publicly available sources as well as its own survey, produced in conjunction with its partner institutes in the various countries covered by the report.

The report also surveys the top IT companies, and Google moved from 35th to 10th posiition in terms of market cap. Apple is now ranked 11th, and has gained 150 percent in market capitalisation in 2009.

In fact, Scandinavian countries show prominently in the top 10 listing from the WEF. The UK came a rather dismal 13th.

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

In fact, at the beginning of this decade, eight of the 50 largest firms are technology companies – Microsoft, Google, Apple, IBM, Cisco, Oracle, HP and Intel.

India ranked as number 43 in the latest report – however although it still has a tiny amount of internet users at 4.4 percent, and bandwidth is also not good, its mobile phone subscriptions per 100 is high at 29.4 percent.

China, on the other hand, ranked 37 in the listing, with 22.3 percent internet users, and bandwidth in Mb/s per 10,000 population of 4.8 percent.

UK internet usage is high at 76.2 percent, and we have 126.3 mobile phone subscriptions for every 100 of us.

The USA, at number five in the list, has 86.8 percent mobile phone subscriptions per 100 population and 74 percent of the population are internet users.