The Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) is a composite index developed by the European Commission that measures the digital performance and competitiveness of European countries. The DESI includes a set of indicators structured in 5 parts:
- Connectivity, in terms of fixed and mobile broadband, connection speed and tariffs;
- Human capital, including all basic and advanced skills and competencies;
- Use of the Internet;
- Integration of digital technologies, i.e. the transition of companies to digital and e-commerce;
- Digital public services, including e-government or e-health.
In the 2019 edition, the top three ranking countries are Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands. The 2019 index places Luxembourg in 6th place, ahead of its neighbours Belgium (9th), Germany (12th) and France (15th).
Luxembourg's commitment to a digital economy and society is also reflected in the government's 2018-2023 programme, in which digitisation is a key priority. Thus, for the first time, a Ministry of Digitalisation was created to advance technological development and new strategies, but also to improve citizens' daily lives and administrative processes.
In addition, from 2019 onwards, the "Women in Digtial Index" will be an integral part of the DESI. This index measures gender equality in terms of digital opportunities and skills by comparing the member countries of the European Union. In the first edition in 2018, Luxembourg reached the 3rd position. For the 2019 edition, the Grand Duchy is repeating its score and repositioning itself in the top group. Luxembourg demonstrates a high level of gender equality in the digital world.