Singapore has beaten Finland to top spot in the global rankings for digital readiness. But Hong Kong and South Korea have slipped over the past year leaving Japan as the only other Asian nation in the networked-ready top 10, according to the latest Networked Readiness Index (NRI.)

The NRI is part of the World Economic Forum’s Global Information Technology Report 2015: ICTs for Inclusive Growth. The report scores nations on four counts of their readiness to exploit new digital technologies: 1) the regulatory and business environment, 2) infrastructure, affordability, and skills, 3) usage by businesses, individuals and government, and 4) social and economic impact.

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See also digital readiness league tables for Europe, sub-Saharan AfricaNorth Africa and the Middle East, and Latin America.

Explore the Networked Readiness Index by using the heatmap below.

Author: Thierry Geiger, Associate Director, Economist, Global Benchmarking Network, Global Competitiveness and Risk, World Economic Forum

Image: A man talks on his phone near a new residential compound in Taiyuan, Shanxi province. REUTERS/Jon Woo