Covering 90 percent of the global population, the DQL study is conducted by the cybersecurity company Surfshark and evaluates countries based on a set of five fundamental digital wellbeing pillars. Cyprus shows strong results in internet quality (15th), but displays comparatively lower results in internet affordability (57th), e-infrastructure (38th), e-security (64th) and e-government (34th).
Overall, Cyprus has maintained its ranking since DQL 2020, despite 27 additional countries joining the study this year. The country excels in internet quality, especially mobile internet speed and its growth year-over-year. Despite this, Cyprus still has room for improvement in specific digital wellbeing areas.
Although mobile internet quality in Cyprus is high, it comes only 96th in affordability. People in Cyprus have to work almost 18 minutes for 1GB of the cheapest mobile data, eight minutes more than a global average. The country also lacks in e-security, ranking 64th. Other countries in the region, such as Turkey, Greece and Georgia, all score higher in this pillar.
“Digital opportunities have proved to be more important than ever during the COVID-19 crisis, stressing the importance for every country to ensure fully remote operational capacities for their economies,” explains Vytautas Kaziukonis, CEO, Surfshark. “That is why, for the third year in a row, we continue the Digital Quality of Life research, which provides a robust global outlook into how countries excel digitally. The index sets the basis for meaningful discussions about how digital advancement impacts a country’s prosperity and where improvements can be made.”
In an all-around picture, six out of 10 countries holding the highest scores are located in Europe, following last year’s trend. Denmark ranks 1st in DQL for the second year in a row and is closely followed by South Korea. Finland ranks third, while Israel and the US round out the top five of 110 nations that were evaluated. The bottom five countries are Ethiopia, Cambodia, Cameroon, Guatemala, and Angola.
Regionally, the US stands out as a country with the highest digital quality of life in the Americas, while South Korea takes the leading position in Asia. Among countries in Africa, people in South Africa enjoy the highest quality of their digital lives whereas Australia leads in Oceania, outperforming New Zealand in various digital areas.