Iceland in 5th place in the 2022 UN E-Government Survey
Iceland is one of the top 5 leading countries in implementing digital solution to the public sector and governance according to the UN E-Government Survey 2022. AFP
Iceland is scoring high in international comparison when the topic is digital service and infrastructure. This is reported in an announcement from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs where there is furthermore the latest E-Government Survey 2022 from the United Nations which is done every other year. Iceland is now in the 5th place of 193 countries which is a significant rise from 2020 when Iceland was in the 12th place in 2020. Of the top ten countries at the top of the survey, Iceland has improved the most.
In the UN Survey the focus is on how well the countries have implemented digital services according to the Online Service Index, how well education and entrepreneurship has manifested itself in the society according to the Human Capital Index and finally how advanced technically the society is according to the Telecommunication Infrastructure Index. It is the Human Capital Index and the Telecommunication Infrastructure Index that land Iceland in the 5th place, says in the announcement of the Ministry.
Iceland could lead in digital services
In the announcement it is stated that Iceland will likely score even higher when it comes to digital E-Governance.The focus in the country has been on making all services available digitally and people can basically interact with public companies in that manner and get application forms online, pay for services online and their digital receipts.
"The government of Iceland has made it its goal that Iceland will lead when it comes to E-governance and polls show that our work is going well. Digital services are already making people's lives easier and saving time and at the same time the service is improving," says in the announcement and it adds a quote from the Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, Bjarni Benediktsson:
Inspiring to see the work succeed
"It is great to see the hard work of recent years come to fruition.We are now one of the five strongest countries in this field, whether we look to the UN Survey or to the European Union. The goal is to do even better and be at the forefront in this effort. We have everything that it takes if we continue on the path we are on."
Andri Heiðar Kristinsson, the Chief Executive Officer of Digital Iceland, says that this UN E-Government Survey is a confirmation that Iceland is already in the leading group in all things digital worldwide."This is an encouragement to our team to see our work succeed and will inspire us to continue our work," he says.