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Finland holds the top position in the 2022 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI)among the 27 EU Member States. The country excels in human capital indicators, with a high percentage of ICT specialists and ICT graduates, as well as a significant number of companies offering ICT training to their employees. Finland's digital skills level is well above the EU average, with 79% of the population possessing basic digital skills, compared to the EU average of 54%. 

Finland has been actively contributing to digital development despite not having a National Coalition. It has implemented the Digital Progress Programme (Digiohjelma) to enhance technology and digitalization capabilities in the public sector and encourage cooperation between the public and private sectors. The country also has the Digivisio 2030 Programme and the Artificial Intelligence 4.0 Programme to promote AI development and use in companies. 

The national strategic roadmap, Finland's digital compass, outlines targets for the effective use of digital systems to ensure success in the ongoing transformation. The country's Recovery and Resilience Plan dedicates 27% of its funds to support the digital transition and includes investments in high-speed broadband infrastructure, the Digirail project for rail transport digitalization, research on cyber and information security, and leading-edge technologies like 6G networks, artificial intelligence, quantum computing, and microelectronics.  

Another notable initiative is the OdigO project, which aims to improve digital inclusion for older individuals in Lapland by increasing awareness and offering an online program to enhance their digital skills. Overall, Finland's commitment to digitalization and innovation positions it as a leader in the European digital landscape

Score in DESI Report Human Capital
EU average score: 48.45
Finland score: 71.4
48.45 EU average score
71.4 Country score
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Finland ranks first in Human Capital out of 27 EU Member States in the 2022 edition of the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), with a score of 71.4.

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