However, Lithuania fell from 11th position last year and was identified as one of the EU countries “lagging behind” – countries that perform well, but whose development is now very slow and are lagging in comparison to the progress made by the EU as a whole.
Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Luxemburg, Sweden and the United Kingdom were the other EU countries identified as lagging behind.
Denmark topped the rankings, followed by Netherlands, Sweden and Finland. The Netherlands, Estonia, Germany, Malta, Austria and Portugal were the countries to show the fastest growth in digital competitiveness.
Lithuania scored 0.55 points in the rankings which measure countries digital competitiveness – that was above the European average of 0.52.
Countries were measured on five key areas: access to broadband, human capital, use of the internet, integration of digital technology and digital public services.
Lithuania is one of the leaders in the next generation internet access. Fast (30 MBps and more) broadband is available to 98% of households. However, the level of broadband services use remains relatively low (60% of households), and 1 out of 4 of the Lithuanian population have never even used the internet.
In comparison, the survey shows that 71% of European households have access to the high-speed (at least 30 Mbps) broadband.