Sweden is tops in making most of Internet, report finds

Sep 07, 2012 by Deborah Netburn

Leave it to the country that brought us Ikea to make the most of the Internet. According to a new report from the World Wide Web Foundation, the people and government of Sweden are the best in the world at optimizing the Web.

The United States ranked second in the index, followed by the United Kingdom, Canada and Finland.

Tunisia and Russia were smack in the middle of the list that ranks 61 countries, taking the 30 and 31st spots respectively. At the bottom of the list were Zimbabwe and Yemen.

The Web Index is the first to compare , access and impact across 61 countries throughout the world.

The results of the extensive report were released online Wednesday.

Among the findings: The United States' score suffered because it has a lower number of households per capita that have a than many countries including Canada, Japan, Ireland and Norway. On the flip side, the report found that the U.S. government does a comparatively of disseminating information through the Web and there is lots of Web content for Americans to use.

The World Wide Web Foundation was founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web in 1989. He founded it in 2009 to make the Web more available and usable to more people in the world.

As of now, the foundation reports, 60 percent of the world's population does not have access to the Web.

"The Web Index was created to measure the state of the Web in the world," Berners-Lee said in a statement. "Each country will see not only where they rank compared to others, but also what the World Wide Web Foundation thinks they need to do to improve."

The research was supported by a $1 million grant from , and the researchers relied on data collected by organizations including , the , the World Bank and the , among others. The World Wide Web Foundation conducted its own research as well. 

The foundation hopes to include 100 countries in its next report.

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1 / 5 (3) Sep 08, 2012
Look at the size of the US and its positive immigration and population growth compared to ANY European nation...or Asian nation, or, the world, and you compare everything to the US because it has done and is doing so much so well. You have Canada and Finland on the list. Finland has a little more than 5 million people and is smaller than The freaking Bronx c'mon now! Canada...Canada...started darn near the same DAY as the United States of America and was a battle ground for the same two SuperPowers....the US turns INTO a SuperPower and stands on its own independent feet and Canada hangs in there with the Brits and when the Brits fade, the US becomes and remains their best trade partner and essentially casts a nuclear shield over everything Canucky...They have only 35 million people in a country bigger than the US, 75% of there populaton lives within 40 miles of the US border and every weekend half of them shop in the US to get milk, bread, butter, gas, houses, farms, cars, sex (Vegas)-
Torbjorn_Larsson_OM
1 / 5 (1) Sep 08, 2012
Confusing comment. Are you saying that US does it better? That US is large, yet smaller nations more efficient, speaks for its relatively larger inefficiency.

As for economy, ~ 2016 everyone expects China to be the largest superpower.

[Disclaimer: Efficient swede.]
Dhanne
3 / 5 (2) Sep 08, 2012
"Finland has a little more than 5 million people and is smaller than The freaking Bronx c'mon now!"

Aside from your statement is incorrect, have you ever given a thought why there are quite a few commentators in Phys.org who are from Sweden and Finland?
HTK
2 / 5 (2) Sep 09, 2012
How very biased or even going further, racist.

Everyone knows that no country even comes close to what South Korea has in terms of the internet and it's use.
210
1 / 5 (1) Sep 09, 2012
"Finland has a little more than 5 million people and is smaller than The freaking Bronx c'mon now!"

Aside from your statement is incorrect, have you ever given a thought why there are quite a few commentators in Phys.org who are from Sweden and Finland?

SO WHAT!! What they/you going to do...beat me up!!!?
Sweden and Finland are not super powers...they are bantam weight efficient nations... and they manage...but historically, the US is quite profound, even their mistakes can bring down a world's, WORLD"S economy...hate them all you want but the problems and challenges of a world class power are a matter Sweden and Finland cannot presently bear. I am saying compare Apples to Apples..Oranges to Oranges...driving a car...and driving an Air Craft Carrier IS a big difference....steering the oldest democracy on earth, the US does quite well!
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210
1 / 5 (1) Sep 09, 2012
"Finland has a little more than 5 million people and is smaller than The freaking Bronx c'mon now!"

Aside from your statement is incorrect, have you ever given a thought why there are quite a few commentators in Phys.org who are from Sweden and Finland?


NOPE and HATE on you buddy...my numbers and facts are correct...well...maybe a few feet bigger than the Bronx, but Rhode Island would squat on them...in a physical size comparison...YOU stand corrected!
Look, compare the US to nations with comparable populations and physical size to be wired/covered....not freaking Sweden and FInland...I can walk/bike across, width/length of those countries in, 20, 30 days...eating Tim Hortons!

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210
1 / 5 (1) Sep 09, 2012
Confusing comment. Are you saying that US does it better? That US is large, yet smaller nations more efficient, speaks for its relatively larger inefficiency.

As for economy, ~ 2016 everyone expects China to be the largest superpower.

[Disclaimer: Efficient swede.]


If Sweden or Finland or any of these obviously older smaller nations had to wire, place cell towers in a nation MANY TIMES LARGER AND MORE POPULATED...their inclusion on this
-world's best list- might be in jeopardy is my point... Whatever problems the US has maintaining or growing an advanced infrastructure, are based in real economics and would be faced by ANY economy as it became the backbone of a SuperPower....NONE of the nations listed is a SuperPower except the US. That MEANS something...it IS a note of accomplishment to have endured politically, economically, socially, etc, etc, etc, and to have that status after great moments and profound evident failures...compare Apples to Apples is also the point!
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Dhanne
3 / 5 (2) Sep 09, 2012
@210:

Why can I almost see spit flying out of your mouth? Nobody is denying that United States - cooperating states of many - remains to be the only superpower in the world.

If Sweden or Finland or any of these obviously older smaller nations had to wire, place cell towers in a nation MANY TIMES LARGER AND MORE POPULATED...


Seriously? Are you comparing population densities? Population density of Finland is 16 persons per square kilometre, Sweden has 20.6 persons per square kilometre as U.S. has 33.7 persons per squere kilometre. I don't think you would win your argument with given comparison...
210
1 / 5 (2) Sep 09, 2012
@210:
Seriously? Are you comparing population densities? Population density of Finland is 16 persons per square kilometre, Sweden has 20.6 persons per square kilometre as U.S. has 33.7 persons per squere kilometre. I don't think you would win your argument with given comparison...

"...I don't think..." Well, I agree, you are NOT thinking! At 33.7 persons per square kilometer compared to Sweden's 20.6...per same, who has to reach the most people if you are already behind by 13.1 people dude? You have to build out the infrastructure to reach them all! Further, the US socioeconomics has to spread across a much larger fabric...In a much smaller Sweden...5 million people...one large mine or oil well can provide solid social and economic well being for all...in the US...that 5 million people is Atlanta Georgia and the US still has 69 more 'Atlantas' to go to cover their total population (it IS growing)...no dude. Compare the Big Apple, to other big Apples. COSTS go up with distance
kochevnik
1 / 5 (1) Sep 09, 2012
U.S. has 33.7 persons per squere kilometre. I don't think you would win your argument with given comparison...
But take out the white trash and you're back below Finnish densities. The challenge isn't physical but mental. Americans don't care about facts. They only copy opinions suggested by the mainstream media perception management machine http://www.youtub...1YBqgIdg
Jonseer
4 / 5 (1) Sep 09, 2012
"210 - Compare the Big Apple, to other big Apples....


If you could get a handle on being so proudly American you'd fix your problem of being right overall while be totally wrong in the details.

You're right comparing the USA to nations like Finland Etc is absurd.

Our size however is NOT the only reason it makes no sense.

Just as important is our Federal system of government which gives powers to our states that make them far more like "autonomous regions" of foreign nations.

Few nations devolve so much power to 2nd level administrations (Canada Australia come to mind).

Quite often how developed the internet/infrastructure of a place in the USA is, is due to decisions made on the state level NOT the Federal level.

(that's why cable systems vary so much nationally)

For that reason, the solution for such lists is to list each individual state.

This is the only way to actually get a sense of the USA as a whole.
VendicarD
1 / 5 (1) Sep 10, 2012
210 seems to find many excuses for why America is failing.

Oddly most of them were also used to explain in the 50's and 60's and 70's why America was the greatest and most successful nation on earth.

That all changed with the Election of Ronald Reagan.

America's rapid decline into inferiority started the day Ronald Reagan was elected.

210
1 / 5 (3) Sep 11, 2012
210 seems to find many excuses for why America is failing.

Oddly most of them were also used to explain in the 50's and 60's and 70's why America was the greatest and most successful nation on earth.

That all changed with the Election of Ronald Reagan.

America's rapid decline into inferiority started the day Ronald Reagan was elected.


And your's began the day you were conceived....

You would have to squeeze a whole lot of other nations into one pathetic shell to even approach America's "failures".
I never said America was perfect...that it is without flaw....but I am saying is BE FAIR.
IF there were another nation on earth, that were the only remaining Superpower...YOU would be raging against them too, until someone said, "...Oh that's the Vendi-Nation it sucks, but don't say that too loud..he'll get on PhysOrg and try to piss on you..."

Yes, but his aim is bad...hard to shoot with a microscopic gun! haha!

word-to-ya-mutha
210
1 / 5 (3) Sep 11, 2012
"210 - Compare the Big Apple, to other big Apples....

If you could get a handle on being so proudly American you'd fix your problem of being right overall while be totally wrong in the details..

YOU HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR...ok..
One simply does not get to grow up in a great nation, by choice always,...we don't choose the countries we are born into...but we can move to a greater one..or sit back and bemoan and begrudge others who know that in any, ANY relationship where humans are involved THERE WILL BE FOLLY AND FAULT BUT GREATNESS IS RARE AND A BLESSING. I know America is the prettiest woman at the dance..and the music is bumping, piping hot, she is tall curvaceous,super atomic HOT, with that deadly sensuality that makes men melt...and this song, THIS TIME, IS OUR time..and I aint letting nobody, not you, not Vendi, NOBODY bring me down or cast a shadow at that great lady just because YOU ARE GOING TO LIVE AND DIE WITHOUT BEING A PART OF THAT LADY OF LIBERTY..
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VendicarD
3 / 5 (2) Sep 11, 2012
210 seems to find many excuses for why America is failing.

Oddly most of them were also used to explain in the 50's and 60's and 70's why America was the greatest and most successful nation on earth.

That all changed with the Election of Ronald Reagan.

America's rapid decline into inferiority started the day Ronald Reagan was elected.

210
1 / 5 (1) Sep 11, 2012
U.S. has 33.7 persons per squere kilometre. I don't think you would win your argument with given comparison...
But take out the white trash and you're back below Finnish densities.

"...the white trash..." WELL....it would take one to know one...and you buddy are no doubt the ONE!
210
1 / 5 (1) Sep 11, 2012
210 seems to find many excuses for why America is failing.
Oddly most of them were also used to explain in the 50's and 60's and 70's why America was the greatest and most successful nation on earth.

America's rapid decline into inferiority started the day Ronald Reagan was elected.

Vendi - I know you worship and love Russia...now...let's see...the largest country in the world, several time zones, failed superpower and putting everyone behind bars for stumbling over cracks in the sidewalk....and....'pussy-rioting!!!!' They are having boycotts and protests...over something called PUSSY-RIOT!
OMG!
Vendi-I now can understand why you are so desperately up-tight and anti-US...Move to America Vendi,we do NOT riot over that! In fact, run on down to Finland, the Swedes are MARVELOUS at making the pussy-riot blues go away.I feel you man.I was worried about your mental state, repeating the same message and all, P-riot withdrawal Syndrome - damn- could kill a man, YOU, it vaporizes!!
210
1 / 5 (1) Sep 11, 2012
Confusing comment. Are you saying that US does it better? That US is large, yet smaller nations more efficient, speaks for its relatively larger inefficiency.

As for economy, ~ 2016 everyone expects China to be the largest superpower.

[Disclaimer: Efficient swede.]

CHina...will NOT become a SuperPower as along as there are people in the country who remain oppressed and denied a free voter's ballot but will stand up to 6 of their country's military, Main Battle Tanks, with GROCERIES in their hands....do NOT forget the roiling political under-current that the Tianamen Square revealed NOT that long ago!

If China can have a revolution by 2016 then THEN, they can forge the shell of a Superpower and NOT before.

word-to-ya-muthas