The European Commission published data comparing EU countries' with some 15 non-EU countries' digital performance. The International DESI (I-DESI) evaluates the performance of both the individual EU countries and the EU as a whole in comparison to 15 other countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Iceland, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey and the United States.
The overall results of the study are that top European performers also lead globally, but Europe as a whole has room for improvement. The best performing countries are Sweden, Denmark and Finland, closely followed by South Korea, United States and Japan.
The results of this report show that European countries can compare with the best worldwide, and some are even ahead. It also shows that the European countries combined - the ultimate goal of a Digital Single Market - are not on par with global top performers. Europe is progressing to slowly bridge this gap, which is pivotal to realise the potential of a Digital Single Market.
The I-DESI follows the same structure as the DESI. However, due to differences in data collection and definitions when moving outside of Europe, it differs significantly from the DESI with respect to the specific indicators used. As such, while the I-DESI dimensions portray the same phenomena as those in the DESI, the precise scores and rankings of EU countries on individual indicators, sub-dimensions, dimensions and in the overall index may differ from the scores and rankings in the DESI. As such, a direct comparison between the DESI and the I-DESI for EU countries should never be made.