How’s life in the digital age in Sweden?

Overall, Sweden is a high performer when it comes to embracing the opportunities of the digital transformation, while its exposure to risks is average, relative to other OECD countries. Sweden has high rates of ICT access and use, and has the highest performance in terms of variety of Internet uses, meaning that a large range of online activities are used by a majority of the population. In addition, the share of people with intermediate digital skills is the highest in the OECD, while the digital skills gap is very low. Sweden scores particularly high in the use of e-government services, which are taken up by 84% of people, almost double the OECD average. Teleworking is also common in comparison to other countries: 36% of workers have done so at least once. At the same time, the high share of workers with computer-based jobs means that workers are more exposed to the risks of job stress and worries about work when not working than in the OECD on average. Moreover, 36% of Swedish 15-year-olds are extreme Internet users, which is the third highest share in the OECD. The prevalence of cyberbullying, however, is relatively low.

Figure 4.32. The digital well-being wheel in Sweden

Note: This wheel depicts Sweden’s relative performance in terms of key opportunities and risks in the context of the digital transformation. The centre of the wheel corresponds to the lowest outcome observed across all OECD countries, while the outer circle corresponds to the highest outcome. For opportunities (in dark blue) longer bars indicate better outcomes, whereas for risks (in yellow), longer bars indicate worse outcomes. If data are missing for any given indicator, the relevant segment of the circle is shaded in white.


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