The European Commission has published the Index of Economy and Digital Society (DESI, for its acronym in English), which annually compares the digital evolution of the 28 countries that make up the European Union.

In this edition, Spain maintains the position 11 of the ranking although with an increase of the score and the advantage with respect to the community average. Our country occupies a prominent place among the group of leading European economies, surpassed by the United Kingdom and above Germany, France and Italy.

The DESI report is made up of five main indicators: connectivity, human capital, use of the internet, integration of digital technology and digital public services. Each of these indicators, in turn, is calculated from the weighted average of a series of variables or sub-indicators, with data for 2018, 2017 and 2016.

Ministry of Economy and Business

Classification chart by countries according to the Digital Economy and Society IndexMinistry of Economy and Business

Spain remains at the head of the most advanced European countries in terms of digital public services. The Commission's report shows that Spain climbs two positions, to fourth place in the ranking. Our country also stands out in the connectivity indicator, where it improves one position to 9th place, which places us above the EU average. This position is achieved despite the fact that none of the variables used specifically measure the deployment of optical fiber, in which Spain occupies a leading position.

The third of the indicators where Spain obtains a significant result is the integration of digital technology, with the 10th place. Regarding the use of internet services, Spain occupies the 11th place, the same as the previous two years, although with an increase in the score. Finally, in the field of human capital, our country is ranked 17th, as was the previous two years.

The improvement of human capital is a preferential objective for the Government. Promoting scientific and technological progress and betting on training and human capital are two priorities of its reform roadmap, the Agenda for Change, which seeks to adjust training to the requirements of the labor market, in particular by reinforcing digital skills, scientific and technological



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