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Digital Economy and Society Index: Hungary ranks 21st

The higher the degree of its digitalization, the more effectively a country can stimulate economic growth.

Every year since 2014, the European Commission has been monitoring the process of the digital transition and progress in the member states and producing the so-called Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI).

According to the latest report, Hungary ranked 22nd among the EU countries in 2018 and 2019, while in 2020 it rose to 21st. This means Hungary is ahead of a few countries in the region including Slovakia, Poland and Romania.

Over the past few years, Hungary has developed in line with the EU average and is doing its utmost to take advantage of the impact of digitalization on economic growth, emphasized an analysis by the Oeconomus Economic Research Foundation.

Hungary’s National Info-Communication Strategy for 2014-2020 was established in 2014, whereas its Digital Welfare Program (DJP) was created in 2015, followed later by DJP 2.0.

In the EU’s latest assessment, Hungary moved from 16th to 7th place in terms of network connectivity, performing better than the EU average. 

In terms of human capital, Hungary only managed to improve one place to 19th, while in terms of the use of internet services, the country has jumped from 19th place to 14th place. For its integration of digital technology, Hungary is 26th, and it ranks 24th for digital public services.

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