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The Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI)

The Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) summarises indicators on Europe’s digital performance and tracks the progress of EU countries.

    DESI 2021

The European Commission has been monitoring Member States’ digital progress through the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) reports since 2014. Each year, DESI includes country profiles which support Member States in identifying areas requiring priority action as well as thematic chapters offering a European-level analysis across key digital areas, essential for underpinning policy decisions.

The DESI 2021 reports are based mainly on 2020 data and present the state of the digital economy and society in the first year of the pandemic. DESI 2021 has been adjusted to reflect the two major policy initiatives set to have an impact on the digital transformation in the EU in the coming years: the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) and the Digital Decade Compass. 

DESI 2021

Graph indicating country performance in DESI: Denmark, Finland and Sweden leading in digital performance

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Download methodology DESI 2021 (.pdf) 

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DESI Key Areas

  1. Human capital
  2. Connectivity
  3. Integration of digital technology
  4. Digital public services 
  5. Research & Development in ICT

Women in Digital (WiD) Scoreboard

The WiD scoreboard is one of the actions put in place to assess women's inclusion in digital jobs, careers and entrepreneurship. The scoreboard assesses Member States' performance in the areas of Internet use, Internet user skills as well as specialist skills and employment based on 12 indicators.

Read the full WiD 2021 study

Review the WiD Data

International DESI 2020

The International Digital Economy and Society Index (I-DESI) mirrors and extends the DESI by utilising 24 datasets to enable trend analysis and comparison of the digital performance of 45 countries. The analysis includes the EU27 Member States and 18 non-EU countries that have a global distribution.

Read the full International DESI 2020 final study report

See how the EU member states compare to non-EU countries


Latest News

Digital Economy and Society Index 2021

The Commission published the results of the 2021 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), which tracks digital progress made in EU Member States in key areas.

Commission publishes analysis on macro-economic potential of digital transformation by independent consultant

The Commission is publishing a report done by their independent consultant on the macro-economic potential of the digital transformation of the European economy. The paper looks into the challenges that the EU faces, including the COVID-19 implications, and the ways to address them to achieve the aims set out in the strategy on Shaping Europe’s Digital Future.

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