Since 2017, a total of 64 countries have been examined annually for this purpose. On a scale of 0 to 100, the countries examined are placed in relation to each other.
For the ranking, the IMD considers the three dimensions of knowledge, technology and sustainability. These in turn consist of three subcategories each. The knowledge category examines the extent to which a country possesses know-how in the area of digital technologies. The technology category covers which (economic) framework conditions exist in a country to be able to develop digital technologies independently. The third category – sustainability – examines the extent to which a country is able to use and benefit from the digital transformation. Each category has the same weight for the overall ranking. A total of 52 indicators are examined and evaluated for the final ranking of the countries.
Germany has been in the top third of the ranking since the beginning of the surveys. The leading countries include Denmark, the USA, Sweden and Singapore. The country that has continuously improved the most in the ranking over the years is China.