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The world's most digitally connected countries
Nations that champion innovation, online services and digitally forward-thinking lifestyles are drawing expats from all over the world.
Estonia, Finland and other Nordic countries lead the most digitally-savvy pack by providing eGovernment services and high-speed open access internet. Cashless payments are the norm, with digital infrastructures prioritised to support business, education and community.
At a glance, here are the top five most digitally connected countries
Estonia, overall ranking: #1
The government-sponsored e-Estonia programme has introduced e-voting, e-health, e-banking, and even e-residency, which allows non-citizens to apply for a virtual residency that entitles them to an identity card, banking services, payment processing and the ability to form a company.
Finland, overall ranking: #2
The web is so important for the Finns that in 2010 the government made it a legal right for every citizen to have broadband access – the first country in the world to do so.
Israel, overall ranking: #6
Dubbed 'Startup Nation', Israel's internet is fast, cheap and reliable. Few citizens, including the elderlies, are ever far from their social media or comms apps. Those looking for the start-up lifestyle usually head to Tel Aviv, known as a city that never sleeps.
Canada, overall ranking: #7
Overall, Canada’s availability of government services online and unrestricted access to online services gives entrepreneurs a leg up, making it easy to start and manage a business from anywhere.
South Korea, overall ranking: #27
South Korea has super fast internet speeds, and coupled with the government's open internet access, has allowed citizens to enjoy uninterrupted video streaming, video chats and fast downloads of games.
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