The world is changing at a rapid pace.

The last 150 years have seen the most remarkable advancement of technology in history. Electric lighting, cars, plastic, the telephone, and television are all less than 150 years old, while newer innovations such as the internet have spurred ever more rapid societal development.

In the coming decades, artificial intelligence, driverless cars, and the automation of many low skilled jobs are likely to further change the global economy.

But which nations around the world are most ready for that technological change?

Using the World Economic Forum’s recently-released Global Competitiveness Survey, Business Insider decided to take a look. The survey includes a whole section on the “Future orientation of government” which looks at various indicators of individual national governments’ preparedness.

Questions include:

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  • How fast is the legal framework of your country in adapting to digital business models?
  • To what extent does the government ensure a stable policy environment for doing business?
  • To what extent does the government respond effectively to change?
  • To what extent does the government have a long-term vision in place?

Each category is given a score from one to seven, with seven being the highest reading. These are then collated into a single score.

Many of the nations to make the higher echelons of this list are oil rich Middle Eastern economies looking to diversify and modernise, including the likes of Qatar, the UAE, and Saudi Arabia, while Northern European states also feature heavily.

Check out the countries most prepared for the world’s digitised economic future below:


T25. Kenya — 4.5

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T25. Tajikistan — 4.5

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T25. Ireland — 4.5

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T25. United Kingdom — 4.5

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T22. Indonesia — 4.6

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T22. Malta — 4.6

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T22. Japan — 4.6

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T19. India — 4.7

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T19. Azerbaijan — 4.7

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T19. Denmark — 4.7

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T17. Norway — 4.8

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T17. Sweden — 4.8

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16. Hong Kong — 4.9

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T13. New Zealand — 5.0

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T13. Netherlands — 5.0

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T13. Germany — 5.0

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T11. Rwanda — 5.1

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T11. Finland — 5.1

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T9. Switzerland — 5.2

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T9. Malaysia — 5.2

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T6. Qatar — 5.3

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T6. Oman — 5.3

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T6. Bahrain — 5.3

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5. Saudi Arabia — 5.4

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4. United Arab Emirates — 5.6

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T2. United States — 5.7

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T2. Luxembourg — 5.7

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1. Singapore — 6.1

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