Digital Agenda for Europe
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Iceland

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Find here the most recent analysis and data by country. A selection of key documents and graphs are shown about topics such as broadband, internet activity and skills, egovernment, ICT in schools, research and innovation, as well as other main indicators.
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1. Connectivity

 IcelandEU
DESI 2015DESI 2014DESI 2015
valuerankvaluerankvalue
1a1 Fixed BB Coverage
% households
97%
(2013)
 -97%
(2013)
-97%
(2013)
1a2 Fixed BB Take-up
% households
90%
(2014)
 -90%
(2013)
-70%
(2014)
1b1 Mobile BB Take-up
Subscribers per 100 people
- ---67
(2014)
1b2 Spectrum
% of the target for spectrum to be harmonised at EU level
- ----
1c1 NGA Coverage
% households, out of all households
61%
(2013)
 -61%
(2013)
-62%
(2013)
1c2 Subscriptions to Fast BB
% of subscriptions >= 30Mbps, out of fixed BB subscriptions
- ---22%
(2014)
1d1 Fixed BB Price
% individual gross income spent for the cheapest standalone Fixed Broadband subscription (lower values are better)
- ---1.3%
(2014)

 

Fixed broadband is available to 97% of homes (the same as in the EU). Networks capable of providing at least 30 Mbps are available to 61% of homes similar to the 62% in the EU. Fixed broadband take-up is very high with almost every home connected to the Internet. 

2. Human Capital

 IcelandEU
DESI 2015DESI 2014DESI 2015
valuerankvaluerankvalue
2a1 Internet Users
% individuals (aged 16-74)
97%
(2014)
 -95%
(2013)
-75%
(2014)
2a2 Basic Digital Skills
% individuals (aged 16-74)
83%
(2014)
 -83%
(2012)
-59%
(2014)
2b1 ICT Specialists
% employed individuals
- ---2.8%
(2013)
2b2 STEM Graduates
Graduates in STEM per 1000 individuals (aged 20 to 29)
16
(2012)
 -16
(2012)
-17
(2012)

 

Overall, 97% of the people use the internet and 83% of them have the digital skills that allow them to partake in the possibilities offered by the internet and to benefit from the opportunities offered by a digital society and economy.

3. Use of Internet

 IcelandEU
DESI 2015DESI 2014DESI 2015
valuerankvaluerankvalue
3a1 News
% individuals who used Internet in the last 3 months (aged 16-74)
95%
(2014)
 -86%
(2013)
-67%
(2014)
3a2 Music, Videos and Games
% individuals who used Internet in the last 3 months (aged 16-74)
54%
(2014)
 -56%
(2012)
-49%
(2014)
3a3 Video on Demand
% households that have a TV
- ---39%
(2013)
3a4 IPTV
% households that have a TV
- ---13%
(2013)
3b1 Video Calls
% individuals who used Internet in the last 3 months (aged 16-74)
51%
(2014)
 -63%
(2013)
-37%
(2014)
3b2 Social Networks
% individuals who used Internet in the last 3 months (aged 16-74)
84%
(2014)
 -81%
(2013)
-58%
(2014)
3c1 Banking
% individuals who used Internet in the last 3 months (aged 16-74)
93%
(2014)
 -90%
(2013)
-57%
(2014)
3c2 Shopping
% individuals who used Internet in the last year (aged 16-74)
68%
(2014)
 -58%
(2013)
-63%
(2014)

 

A digital economy is partly fuelled by its citizens’ consumption in the online channel and Internet users from Iceland engage in a broad range of online activities. They read news online (95%), listen to music, watch films and play games online (54%), use the Internet to communicate via video calls (51%) or through social networks (84%). Internet banking is wide spread (93%). For all of these activities, engagement is much higher than overall in the EU.

4. Integration of Digital Technology

 IcelandEU
DESI 2015DESI 2014DESI 2015
valuerankvaluerankvalue
4a1 Electronic Information Sharing
% enterprises (no financial sector, 10+ employees)
11%
(2014)
 -13%
(2013)
-31%
(2014)
4a2 RFID
% enterprises (no financial sector, 10+ employees)
4%
(2014)
 ---3.8%
(2014)
4a3 Social Media
% enterprises (no financial sector, 10+ employees)
25%
(2014)
 -24%
(2013)
-14%
(2014)
4a4 eInvoices
% enterprises (no financial sector, 10+ employees)
- -22%
(2013)
-11%
(2014)
4a5 Cloud
% enterprises (no financial sector, 10+ employees)
37%
(2014)
 ---11%
(2014)
4b1 SMEs Selling Online
% SMEs (no financial sector, 10+ employees)
23%
(2014)
 -23%
(2013)
-15%
(2014)
4b2 eCommerce Turnover
% turnover of SMEs (no financial sector, 10-249 employees)
n/a
(2014)
 -n/a
(2013)
-8.8%
(2014)
4b3 Selling Online Cross-border
% SMEs (no financial sector, 10+ employees)
14%
(2013)
 -14%
(2013)
-6.5%
(2013)

 

A true digital economy is one where businesses take full advantage of the possibilities and benefits offered by digital technologies, to improve their efficiency and productivity, as well as to reach costumers and realise sales. Businesses are performing very well in this area. They adopt cloud computing, sell online and make an active use of social media to engage with customers.

5. Digital Public Services

 IcelandEU
DESI 2015DESI 2014DESI 2015
valuerankvaluerankvalue
5a1 eGovernment Users
% individuals returning filled forms, out of Internet users in the last year (aged 16-74)
68%
(2014)
 -73%
(2013)
-33%
(2014)
5a2 Pre-filled Forms
Score (0 to 100)
52
(2014)
 -46
(2013)
-45
(2014)
5a3 Online Service Completion
Score (0 to 100)
86
(2014)
 -81
(2013)
-75
(2014)
5a4 Open Data
Score (0 to 700)
- ---380
(2014)
5b1 Medical Data Exchange
% General Practitioners
68%
(2013)
 -68%
(2013)
-36%
(2013)
5b2 ePrescription
% General Practitioners
96%
(2013)
 -96%
(2013)
-27%
(2013)

 

Modern public services offered online in an efficient manner are a vehicle for reduction of public administration expenditure as well as for efficiency gains for both enterprises and citizens. Its indicator scores[1] illustrate that Iceland is performing well when compared to the EU. 

The efficiency and degree of service offered by health systems can be greatly improved through digitisation and Iceland is taking advantage of it. Almost all (96%) general practitioners digitally transfer prescriptions to pharmacists and slightly more than two thirds (68%) use electronic networks to exchange medical data with other health care providers and professionals.

 

[1] 52/100 in the Pre-filled Forms indicator (measuring the extent to which data that is already known to the public administration is pre-filled in the forms that are presented to the user), and of 86/100 in the Online Service Completion indicator (measuring the extent to which the various steps in an interaction with the public administration – life event – can be performed completely online).
 

Figures from 2013

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Last updated on 05/03/2015