We live in a technology-enabled world. We cannot live without technology anymore, be it cellphones, internet or computers. We depend on technology for work, pleasure and socializing. Marc Andreessen once rightly said that ‘software is eating the world’. But do you really know if you are living in one of the considered top tech savvy countries?
On that note, here are the five most tech-savvy countries in the world.
Top 5 Most Tech Savvy Countries In The World
The land of the rising sun has a reputation for churning out ground-breaking technological innovations. Japanese engineers are known the world over for their stunning engineering feats. After all, these are the people who’ve given us Toyota and Honda, Nintendo and Sony, NTT and Hitachi. Tokyo is one of the technology capitals of the world and its tech-savvy localities like Akihabara are annual pilgrim sites for geeks all over the globe.
USA has the in scientific fields in the world. It is the home of legendary tech companies like Google, Apple, IBM, HP and Microsoft. Some of the richest people in technology – Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, Larry Page, Jeff Bezos – call USA their home. Silicon Valley is a worldwide hub for innovation and the envy of most nations. With credentials like these, USA is undoubtedly one of the most tech-savvy countries in the world.
The tiny country sandwiched between hostile neighbors has a reputation for producing world class technologies. Tel Aviv is the home to countless technology startups in its famous ‘Silicon Wadi’ locality which is said to be the closest equivalent to Silicon Valley. In 2010, Israel exported $28.5Bn worth of technology, or approximately 35 percent of its annual export sales.
Singapore routinely ranks among the most wired cities in the world. The city-state boasts some of the highest internet speeds in the world. It’s highly educated, tech-savvy workforce is the envy of nations across the globe. While there are few Singaporean companies among the top technology firms in the world, Singapore has emerged as the central hub for sourcing technology and workers for major tech companies. Singapore also has the highest rate of mobile ownership in the world, with 129.7% penetration (i.e. most Singaporeans own more than one mobile phone).
5. South Korea
Within a few decades, South Korea has emerged as a veritable technological powerhouse. Today, it exports cars (Honda, Kia) and electronics (Samsung, LG) all over the world. The country of $100,000 prize-money gaming tournaments boasts one of the highest broadband and mobile penetrations in the world. South Korea also has the highest average broadband speeds in the world. With a GDP of $1.164 trillion, the Miracle on the Han River is now well and truly complete.