Ethiopia among the bottom five countries in the latest edition of the Digital Quality of Life Index



The Digital Quality of Life Index series, also known as DQL, has just released its third annual edition.

The edition names Kenya 79NS among 110 countries.

According to a report from cybersecurity firm Surfshark, the rating covers 90 percent of the world’s population.

It ranks countries based on a set of five fundamental pillars of digital wellbeing.

Kenya shows its best results in the areas of e-security (54th) and e-infrastructure (58th), but has comparatively low scores for the affordability of the internet (101st), internet quality (108th) and e-government (71.) on.

Overall, Kenya has decreased slightly compared to the DQL 2021 and has dropped from 77th to 79th place.

Kenya ranks 2nd in East Africa, surpassing Zambia, Tanzania and Ethiopia and 3rd in Africa. The country has the best e-infrastructure regionally, as the study suggests that around 85% of people in Kenya use the internet.

In addition, e-security in Kenya is 10% better than the global average and also takes first place among neighboring countries.

Nonetheless, the country has room for improvement in all areas of digital wellbeing, particularly in terms of the affordability and quality of the internet.

Kenya has a GDP per capita similar to Nigeria, but the internet quality of the two countries is very different.

Nigeria is in 56th place in the column, Kenya only just made it into the top 110.

People in Kenya have to work almost 13 hours to get the cheapest broadband internet package, twice the global average.

In addition, people in South Africa have to work 9 times less than in Kenya to be able to afford mobile internet and 8 times less to pay for broadband internet.

In total, 6 out of 10 countries with the highest values ​​are in Europe, following the trend of last year.

Denmark ranks first in the DQL for the second time in a row and is closely followed by South Korea. Finland ranks 3rd, while Israel and the US round out the top 5 of 110 nations rated.

The bottom 5 countries are Ethiopia, Cambodia, Cameroon, Guatemala, and Angola.

Regionally, the USA stands out as the country with the highest digital quality of life in America, while South Korea takes the leading position in Asia.

Among African countries, South Africa people enjoy the highest quality of their digital lives, while Australia leads the way in Oceania and outperforms New Zealand in various digital areas.

Other key findings of the report are:

  • Broadband is less affordable worldwide this year. Comparing the countries included in both DQL20 and DQL21, people will have to work 11% more (25 minutes more) in 2021 to be able to afford broadband internet. However, this year people will have to work 29% less (28 minutes less) in order to be able to afford mobile internet.
  • The worst internet in the world is the least affordable. In some countries like Nigeria, Côte D’Ivoire and Mali, people need about a week of work to be able to afford the internet.
  • Investing in electronic infrastructure and administration is what contributes most to people’s digital wellbeing.

“Digital opportunities have proven more important than ever during the COVID-19 crisis, underscoring the importance of every country ensuring their economies have completely remote operating capabilities,” said Vytautas Kaziukonis, CEO of Surfshark. “Therefore, for the third year in a row, we are continuing research on digital quality of life, which offers a robust global outlook on how countries are digitally dominating. The index forms the basis for meaningful discussions about how digital progress is affecting a country’s prosperity and where improvements can be made. “



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