Digital Divide: How Europe Stacks Up

Technology policymakers in Europe have their work cut out to close a digital divide between the continent's northern and southern countries. A report issued on Apr. 26 by Jupiter Research in London assigned 17 Western European countries a "digital life index" based on four dozen criteria -- from broadband-Internet penetration to digital-TV subscribers to online shopping. Sweden ranked first with a score of 132, while Greece came in last with 51. Belgium, the Netherlands, and Britain also exceeded the European average. France and Germany were smack in the middle, while Spain, Italy, and Portugal lagged.

Edited by Rose Brady

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