DIGITAL QUALITY OF LIFE INDEX: URUGUAY LEADS IN LATIN AMERICA
The country ranks first among Latin American countries in Surfshark's index and stands out as a nation with "surprising" performance.
Thanks to its firm commitment to innovation and technology, Uruguay is once again making headlines around the world. Recently, the country was recognized as Latin America's leader in digital quality of life. This recognition adds to its outstanding performance in digital government, where it stands out for its widespread citizen participation and its open government policy, in addition to being the first Latin American nation to join the D9 (today "Digital Nations"), a select group that brings together the most developed nations in the field.
The country is ranked first among Latin American countries in the 2020 Digital Quality of Life Index (DQL) developed by Surfshark, a renowned international company dedicated to cybersecurity. Globally, it is ranked 36th with a score of 0.59/1.00 and it stands out among the group of "the surprisers". These countries are the ones that exceed the expectations of digital welfare according to their per capita GDP.
The ranking weighs five pillars that define the quality of digital life: internet affordability, which refers to how much people have to work to afford the internet connection; internet quality, which responds to the speed and stability of the connection; electronic infrastructure, that measures how developed and inclusive this infrastructure is; electronic government, that considers how advanced and digitalized are the country's governmental services; and electronic security, which evaluates how prepared a country is to face cybercrime and its commitment to protecting the privacy of users.
Uruguay has the best results in electronic government in the region, ranking 29th in the world, 32nd in electronic infrastructure, and 34th in electronic security. In terms of its overall score, it ranks third in the Americas, only surpassed by the United States and Canada, in a ranking that assesses 85 countries and covers 81% of the world's population.
The South American nation is one of "the surprisers", the countries that surprase richer countries when it comes to digital well-being. "Although GDP per capita has a strong correlation with the DQL, there are countries that have better digital quality of life with lower GDP per capita than expected."
"E-security, e-infrastructure, and e-government have a more significant correlation with the DQL than GDP per capita. This proves the potential to level up the digital wellbeing with lower resources and more focused strategic planning", the report states.
Because of its advanced technological infrastructure and strong commitment to inclusion, Uruguay leads the way in digital well-being in Latin America. The country has the highest level of broadband internet penetration in the continent and the highest percentage of companies and households connected to optical fiber network.
In addition, it has made a strong commitment to electronic transformation, which has made it the most advanced country in terms of digital procedures in the region, according to the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Some outstanding initiatives are the Uruguay Digital Agenda 2020, which aims to reach 100% of online procedures by 2020, the Salud.Uy Programme and the National Electronic Health Record, which are aimed at improving the quality and continuity of citizens' care through technology.
More than 400 ICT companies have chosen Uruguay as headquarters for their operations in the region and the world. Because of its modern technological ecosystem, highly competitive talent, and strong government commitment, Uruguay has made a name for its self as a digital leader. For all of these reasons, the country is an exceptional destination for investment, as well as for working and living.
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