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The world's most tech-ready countries; India ranks 83

Last updated on: May 09, 2014 15:06 IST

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Every year World Economic Forum publishes The Global Information Technology Report in collaboration with INSEAD. The research is a comprehensive assessment of networked readiness, or how prepared an economy is to apply the benefits of technology to promote economic growth.

The report ranks India 83rd, behind countries such as Indonesia, Thailand, Brazil, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Philippines.

India is the least performing of the BRICS economies. “Overall, India’s networked readiness profile remains hindered by the quality of its political, regulatory, and business environment (91st) and its lack of digital infrastructure (119th),” states the report.

Let’s take a look at the top 20 countries that are at the forefront of the digital revolution we are witnessing.

The world's most tech-ready countries; India ranks 83

Image: A woman walks past Helsinki cathedral.
Photographs: Yves Herman/Reuters

Finland

Rank: 1

Value: 6.04

Rank in 2013: 1

Tags: Finland

The world's most tech-ready countries; India ranks 83

Image: People sit on the steps near the Merlion, in Singapore's financial district June 10, 2009. Singapore's economy is expected to shrink at a slower pace in the rest of 2009 after a record annual contraction in the first three months of this year as analysts believe the worst might be over.
Photographs: Alywin Chew/Reuters

Singapore

Rank: 2

Value: 5.97

Rank in 2013: 2

Tags: Singapore

The world's most tech-ready countries; India ranks 83

Image: Tour guide Henrik Miko, dressed like the Swedish 18th century poet and composer Carl Michael Bellman, sings and plays his guitar in front of the Stockholm cathedral.
Photographs: Reuters

Sweden

Rank: 3

Value: 5.93

Rank in 2013: 3

Tags: Sweden

The world's most tech-ready countries; India ranks 83

Image: A tourist boat passes under a bridge next to the Westerkerk church in Amsterdam.
Photographs: Michael Kooren/Reuters

Netherlands

Rank: 4

Value: 5.79

Rank in 2013: 4

The world's most tech-ready countries; India ranks 83

Image: The Norwegian Christmas tree is seen illuminated in Trafalgar Square in London.
Photographs: Toby Melville/Reuters

Norway

Rank: 5

Value: 5.70

Rank in 2013: 5

Tags: Norway

The world's most tech-ready countries; India ranks 83

Image: Skiers sit in a chairlift at the Mount Titlis skiing area (3,238 m/10,623 ft) near the Swiss mountain resort of Engelberg.
Photographs: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

Switzerland

Rank: 6

Value: 5.62

Rank in 2013: 6

The world's most tech-ready countries; India ranks 83

Image: Sightseers look at icicles at the mouth of a sea cave in US.
Photographs: Eric Miller/Reuters

United States

Rank: 7

Value: 5.61

Rank in 2013: 9

The world's most tech-ready countries; India ranks 83

Image: A five-metre-high (16 ft) sculpture "Pentateuque" by contemporary French artist Fabien Merelle is displayed in Statue Square at Hong Kong's financial Central district.
Photographs: Bobby Yip/Reuters

Hong Kong

Rank: 8

Value: 5.60

Rank in 2013: 14

Tags: Hong Kong

The world's most tech-ready countries; India ranks 83

Image: St Paul's cathedral is lit by the early morning sun in an aerial view taken from The View gallery at the Shard, western Europe's tallest building, in London.
Photographs: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

United Kingdom

Rank: 9

Value: 5.54

Rank in 2013: 7

The world's most tech-ready countries; India ranks 83

Image: People walk past a statue titled 'Seoul broods a golden egg' at the Seoul city hall plaza in central Seoul.
Photographs: Jo Yong-Hak/Reuters

South Korea

Rank: 10

Value: 5.54

Rank in 2013: 11

The world's most tech-ready countries; India ranks 83

Image: The Petrusse river is seen in this general view of the city of Luxembourg.
Photographs: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Luxembourg

Rank: 11

Value: 5.53

Rank in 2013: 16

The world's most tech-ready countries; India ranks 83

Image: The UNESCO World Heritage Cologne Cathedral and the Hohenzollern railway bridge along the river Rhine is seen before Earth Hour.
Photographs: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

Germany

Rank: 12

Value: 5.50

Rank in 2013: 13

Tags: Germany

The world's most tech-ready countries; India ranks 83

Image: Boats are seen anchored at the 17th century Nyhavn district, home to many shops and restaurants in Copenhagen.
Photographs: Bob Strong/Reuters

Denmark

Rank: 13

Value: 5.50

Rank in 2013: 8

Tags: Denmark

The world's most tech-ready countries; India ranks 83

Image: Fireworks explode from Taiwan's tallest skyscraper, the Taipei 101 during New Year celebrations in Taipei.
Photographs: Pichi Chuang/Reuters

Taiwan, China

Rank: 14

Value: 5.47

Rank in 2013: 10

Tags: China , Taiwan

The world's most tech-ready countries; India ranks 83

Image: A general view shows central Tel Aviv backed by the Mediterranean Sea.
Photographs: Reuters

Israel

Rank: 15

Value: 5.42

Rank in 2013: 15

Tags: Israel

The world's most tech-ready countries; India ranks 83

Image: Disney character Mickey Mouse (top) performs atop a float during a parade at Tokyo Disneyland.
Photographs: Issei Kato/Reuters

Japan

Rank: 16

Value: 5.41

Rank in 2013: 21

Tags: Japan

The world's most tech-ready countries; India ranks 83

Image: The Pengrowth Saddledome stands as one of the icons of the Calgary.
Photographs: Todd Korol/Reuters

Canada

Rank: 17

Value: 5.41

Rank in 2013: 12

Tags: Canada

The world's most tech-ready countries; India ranks 83

Image: A cruise liner is seen behind the Sydney Opera House along the central business district in Sydney.
Photographs: Daniel Munoz/Reuters

Australia

Rank: 18

Value: 5.40

Rank in 2013: 18

Tags: Australia

The world's most tech-ready countries; India ranks 83

Image: People walk near Gullfoss waterfall in southwestern Iceland.
Photographs: Stoyan Nenov/Reuters

Iceland

Rank: 19

Value: 5.30

Rank in 2013: 17

Tags: Iceland

The world's most tech-ready countries; India ranks 83

Image: The sun goes down on Auckland as it approaches Earth Hour.
Photographs: Nigel Marple/Reuters

New Zealand

Rank: 20

Value: 5.27

Rank in 2013: 20