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Which Country Has the Best Digital Well-Being in 2023?

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A map ranking 121 countries by their digital well-being score.

Which Country Has the Best Digital Well-Being in 2023?

The average person spends close to seven hours every day looking at a screen, whether for work, entertainment, or communication, highlighting how digital human life has become.

And just like how physical well-being differs from place to place, so too does digital well-being.

According to SurfShark’s 2023, Digital Quality of Life Index, some countries do a better job than others in providing accessible, and affordable internet and digital services, leading to better digital well-being.

They rank 121 countries (amounting to 92% of the world’s population) on five key metrics:

  • Internet affordability: How long do people have to work to afford a stable internet connection? More affordable internet has a positive effect on digital well-being.
  • Internet quality: How fast and stable is internet connectivity? Fast and stable internet helps communication, work-efficiency, and consumption of high-quality content.
  • E-infrastructure: How developed and inclusive the existing electronic infrastructure is, allowing internet use for varied activities.
  • E-security: Ability to counter cybercrimes and protect online privacy.
  • E-government: Digitization of government services, minimizing bureaucracy and corruption, and increasing transparency.

They assign scores on each indicator, which weighted equally, creates one rank for each country. Visit SurfShark’s methodology section for their detailed breakdown of sources, scores, and rankings.

Ranking Countries By Digital Well-Being in 2023

The tagline of the 2023 report is “Europe leads the Digital Quality of Life Index.” This is because the first nine spots of the digital well-being ranks go to European countries.

They’re led by France which ranks first in internet affordability, fifth in quality, and has a top-20 ranking in electronic infrastructure, security, and government.

Here’s the full breakdown of each country’s overall rank, as well as their per metric rank.

RankCountryInternet
Affordability
Internet
Quality
E-InfrastructureE-SecurityE-Govt
1🇫🇷 France15161311
2🇫🇮 Finland11248113
3🇩🇰 Denmark2942135
4🇩🇪 Germany74012522
5🇱🇺 Luxembourg231112623
6🇪🇸 Spain14926921
7🇪🇪 Estonia17441526
8🇦🇹 Austria566241115
9🇨🇭 Switzerland9732929
10🇸🇬 Singapore439561
11🇸🇪 Sweden252711313
12🇳🇱 Netherlands381841610
13🇱🇹 Lithuania182325230
14🇷🇴 Romania31261662
15🇬🇧 UK223213238
16🇯🇵 Japan152514339
17🇮🇱 Israel2117213218
18🇵🇱 Poland2422371037
19🇺🇸 U.S.3265432
20🇰🇷 South Korea31647314
21🇧🇪 Belgium434723139
22🇨🇦 Canada512103712
23🇮🇪 Ireland4436222026
24🇮🇹 Italy4733301919
25🇨🇿 Czechia274531448
26🇳🇴 Norway564362420
27🇳🇿 New
Zealand
1946183614
28🇱🇻 Latvia3920392038
29🇵🇹 Portugal842832627
30🇦🇺 Australia87220417
31🇨🇾 Cyprus2059272642
32🇲🇹 Malta4934193025
33🇸🇰 Slovakia3341381659
34🇭🇺 Hungary5915442445
35🇸🇮 Slovenia5039342828
36🇭🇷 Croatia4168401656
37🇲🇾 Malaysia2613334832
38🇦🇪 UAE631179017
39🇬🇷 Greece758160646
40🇧🇬 Bulgaria3689752255
41🇺🇾 Uruguay5549423549
42🇨🇱 Chile6111354931
43🇦🇷 Argentina8335483340
44🇨🇳 China3410497916
45🇸🇦 Saudi Arabia7458284234
46🇺🇦 Ukraine5375413951
47🇰🇿 Kazakhstan1061538644
48🇶🇦 Qatar4619296758
49🇧🇷 Brazil768517924
50🇷🇸 Serbia6054653843
51🇹🇭 Thailand9114476036
52🇮🇳 India2816916635
53🇷🇺 Russia6951465647
54🇲🇩 Moldova3029765269
55🇹🇷 Turkey6577505333
56🇻🇳 Vietnam1630579463
57🇧🇭 Bahrain5748366857
58🇨🇴 Colombia6642635450
59🇵🇪 Peru10037644654
60🇵🇭 Philippines10421544564
61🇴🇲 Oman4074438853
62🇨🇷 Costa Rica8252525971
63🇰🇼 Kuwait35264510466
64🇲🇽 Mexico9356597052
65🇬🇪 Georgia48102554380
66🇲🇰 North
Macedonia
6776715068
67🇮🇩 Indonesia9090726141
68🇦🇱 Albania9879784660
69🇦🇲 Armenia4287747470
70🇧🇾 Belarus3771627686
71🇰🇬 Kyrgyzstan688989385
72🇿🇦 South Africa5263947261
73🇪🇨 Ecuador9650707672
74🇦🇿 Azerbaijan8793666478
75🇲🇦 Morocco7294874090
76🇰🇪 Kenya9792686575
77🇲🇪 Montenegro7096567481
78🇵🇦 Panama10938798174
79🇩🇴 Dominican
Republic
10673815679
80🇲🇺 Mauritius95101836367
81🇵🇾 Paraguay10553776184
82🇧🇩 Bangladesh7765848573
83🇹🇳 Tunisia79106895477
84🇧🇦 Bosnia &
Herzegovina
54100738797
85🇯🇴 Jordan107556711065
86🇱🇰 Sri Lanka139910310087
87🇪🇬 Egypt10283966876
88🇳🇬 Nigeria10862937388
89🇲🇳 Mongolia851056910282
90🇹🇹 Trinidad
& Tobago
11760809595
91🇯🇲 Jamaica11578868994
92🇩🇿 Algeria81918295107
93🇵🇰 Pakistan459710110183
94🇵🇹 Nepal58859598104
95🇮🇷 Iran681045812092
96🇬🇭 Ghana103861088389
97🇱🇦 Laos238097102115
98🇧🇯 Benin1141071145093
99🇸🇳 Senegal801109991100
100🇧🇴 Bolivia891039010898
101🇸🇻 El Salvador1136988114103
102🇿🇲 Zambia6412010771106
103🇨🇮 Ivory Coast1191121098396
104🇬🇹 Guatemala1125710011491
105🇰🇭 Cambodia928485119108
106🇻🇪 Venezuela887092110117
107🇺🇬 Uganda1161081128199
108🇧🇼 Botswana789810497112
109🇦🇴 Angola12116116112109
110🇳🇦 Namibia8611511098102
111🇧🇫 Burkina
Faso
996711778114
112🇲🇱 Mali12111410591113
113🇹🇿 Tanzania10195111114101
114🇭🇳 Honduras11182102118119
115🇿🇼 Zimbabwe120111106105111
116🇨🇲 Cameroon118113113106110
117🇹🇯 Tajikistan110119115109105
118🇪🇹 Ethiopia71117119106116
119🇲🇿 Mozambique94109118112118
120🇨🇩 DRC73118121117121
121🇾🇪 Yemen62121120121120

Singapore, at 10th, is the highest ranked non-European country on the digital well-being index, followed by Japan at 16th.

Last year’s top-scoring country, Israel drops down to 17th in this edition, and the U.S., and South Korea round out the top 20.

Trends in Digital Quality of Life

Surfshark’s extensive number-crunching allowed them to generate a few deeper insights.

While it is true that wealthier nations generally have better digital well-being—because of the money available to invest in improving key metrics—Surfshark found 22 countries that exceeded expectations in their per-capita GDP bracket. Their higher scores in electronic security, infrastructure, and government improved their overall digital well-being rank.

A chart showing that some countries with lower GDP have improved their digital well-being by prioritizing e-government services.

A majority of these nations are from Asia and Eastern Europe: Philippines, Vietnam, Ukraine, Moldova, Thailand, Serbia, Croatia to name a few.

In fact, SurfShark also found that improving e-government scores particularly had the strongest correlation (0.94) with a better digital quality of life. On the other hand, internet affordability demonstrated the lowest correlation with overall digital well-being, at 0.67.

A chart showing the correlation between each digital quality of life metric and final digital well-being rank.

This underscores the outsized role in providing other services through the internet, as opposed to just improving the internet itself.

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Ranked: Semiconductor Companies by Industry Revenue Share

Nvidia is coming for Intel’s crown. Samsung is losing ground. AI is transforming the space. We break down revenue for semiconductor companies.

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A cropped pie chart showing the biggest semiconductor companies by the percentage share of the industry’s revenues in 2023.

Semiconductor Companies by Industry Revenue Share

This was originally posted on our Voronoi app. Download the app for free on Apple or Android and discover incredible data-driven charts from a variety of trusted sources.

Did you know that some computer chips are now retailing for the price of a new BMW?

As computers invade nearly every sphere of life, so too have the chips that power them, raising the revenues of the businesses dedicated to designing them.

But how did various chipmakers measure against each other last year?

We rank the biggest semiconductor companies by their percentage share of the industry’s revenues in 2023, using data from Omdia research.

Which Chip Company Made the Most Money in 2023?

Market leader and industry-defining veteran Intel still holds the crown for the most revenue in the sector, crossing $50 billion in 2023, or 10% of the broader industry’s topline.

All is not well at Intel, however, with the company’s stock price down over 20% year-to-date after it revealed billion-dollar losses in its foundry business.

RankCompany2023 Revenue% of Industry Revenue
1Intel$51B9.4%
2NVIDIA$49B9.0%
3Samsung
Electronics
$44B8.1%
4Qualcomm$31B5.7%
5Broadcom$28B5.2%
6SK Hynix$24B4.4%
7AMD$22B4.1%
8Apple$19B3.4%
9Infineon Tech$17B3.2%
10STMicroelectronics$17B3.2%
11Texas Instruments$17B3.1%
12Micron Technology$16B2.9%
13MediaTek$14B2.6%
14NXP$13B2.4%
15Analog Devices$12B2.2%
16Renesas Electronics
Corporation
$11B1.9%
17Sony Semiconductor
Solutions Corporation
$10B1.9%
18Microchip Technology$8B1.5%
19Onsemi$8B1.4%
20KIOXIA Corporation$7B1.3%
N/AOthers$126B23.2%
N/ATotal $545B100%

Note: Figures are rounded. Totals and percentages may not sum to 100.


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Meanwhile, Nvidia is very close to overtaking Intel, after declaring $49 billion of topline revenue for 2023. This is more than double its 2022 revenue ($21 billion), increasing its share of industry revenues to 9%.

Nvidia’s meteoric rise has gotten a huge thumbs-up from investors. It became a trillion dollar stock last year, and broke the single-day gain record for market capitalization this year.

Other chipmakers haven’t been as successful. Out of the top 20 semiconductor companies by revenue, 12 did not match their 2022 revenues, including big names like Intel, Samsung, and AMD.

The Many Different Types of Chipmakers

All of these companies may belong to the same industry, but they don’t focus on the same niche.

According to Investopedia, there are four major types of chips, depending on their functionality: microprocessors, memory chips, standard chips, and complex systems on a chip.

Nvidia’s core business was once GPUs for computers (graphics processing units), but in recent years this has drastically shifted towards microprocessors for analytics and AI.

These specialized chips seem to be where the majority of growth is occurring within the sector. For example, companies that are largely in the memory segment—Samsung, SK Hynix, and Micron Technology—saw peak revenues in the mid-2010s.


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