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Country Spotlights 2019

This spotlight series provides a snapshot of how the Digital Frontrunner countries are delivering a digital economy for all.

New technology, ageing populations, and globalisation are driving some of the biggest changes in labour markets around the world. Many policymakers are asking questions like, how can we:

  • Harness AI and new tech to deliver an inclusive world of work?
  • Harness mega trends like migration?
  • Get businesses, governments and academia to work more effectively together?
  • Uncover new ways to drive innovation?
  • Motivate workers to become continuous, lifelong learners?

Our new spotlight series provides insights from – the digital frontrunners – Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, the Netherlands and Sweden, which can be applied and scaled by governments around the world.

For each country you will find:

  1. Key statistics and indicators:
  • Population size
  • Median age
  • Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI)
  • Percentage of population with basic digital skills
  • Percentage of population with above basic digital skills
  • Percentage of female Information and Communications Technology (ICT) specialists
  • Percentage of adults aged 25 to 64 who participate in lifelong learning

2. The country’s priorities when it comes to responding to digitalisation

3. Case studies that exemplify how these priorities are being addressed


Juan Casasbuenas

Juan Casasbuenas

Juan Casasbuenas

Curriculum and Content Manager

Juan was a Curriculum and Content Manager supporting the Digital Frontrunners and Global Innovation Policy Accelerator programmes.

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Genna Barnett

Genna Barnett

Genna Barnett

Programme Manager, Data Analytics Practice

Genna is the Programme Manager for the Data Analytics Practice at Nesta.

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Karoliina Helkkula

Karoliina Helkkula

Karoliina Helkkula

Programme and Research Support, Digital Frontrunners

Karoliina supported Digital Frontrunners, Nesta's programme for future skills.

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