William Malcolm

Czech Republic Ranks 28th In World For Digital Quality Of Life

The Czech Republic is in 28th place in the world in terms of the quality of the digital environment, compared to last year it has improved by four places. That’s according to a Digital Quality of Life survey reported by Surfshark today. Denmark, South Korea and Finland are in the top three. The second best after Greece is the Czech Republic in the evaluation of digital security.

The study examined five areas of the digital environment – the availability of the Internet connection, its quality, digital infrastructure, digital security and eGovernment, ie the management of public affairs using modern technologies. It focused on 110 countries, in which 90 percent of the world’s population lives.

In the final ranking, the Czech Republic was ranked as the second best country in Central and Eastern Europe – Poland was better than the Czech Republic, finishing 25th and improving by 18 places compared to last year.

Compared to Poland, the Czech Republic has worse internet access, poorer internet connection quality and worse eGovernment. On the other hand, digital infrastructure and digital security are better than in Poland in the Czech Republic. For example, broadband internet is twice as fast in Poland, Hungary and Germany.

Although the Czech Republic ranks 46th in the availability of the Internet, it has improved by 71 percent year-on-year in this indicator. Czechs now have to work two hours and 22 minutes to afford the cheapest broadband internet, and a little over seven minutes to have 1 GB of the cheapest mobile internet. In Hungary, people only need to work a quarter of the time to afford mobile internet, and people in Poland only need one-twenty-one time.

The Czech Republic has room for improvement in the quality of the Internet connection, where it ranks 53rd out of all countries surveyed, according to the study. The Czech Republic managed to make it into the top 30 in the digital infrastructure, where it ranked higher than Poland, Slovakia and Hungary. The Czech Republic is pulled down in the overall ranking by the accessibility of the Internet, where it is in 46th place, as well as the quality of connections, where it is up to 53rd place, and eGovernment, where it has reached only 39th place.

Neighboring Slovakia is 29th overall, just behind the Czech Republic. It improved by six places compared to last year.

“Digital opportunities have proven to be more important than ever during the coronavirus crisis,” said Vytautas Kaziukonis, CEO of Surfshark.

Six European countries are in the top ten – in addition to Denmark, which defended last year’s championship, and the third of Finland, seventh France, eighth Switzerland, ninth Germany and tenth Britain. Ethiopia, Cambodia, Cameroon, Guatemala and Angola are at the opposite end of the scale.