Jordan Ranks 96th in the World in Digital Quality of Life Index 2021

Published October 12th, 2021 - 09:25 GMT
The third annual edition of the Digital Quality of Life Index (DQL) ranks Jordan 96th among 110 countries.
The third annual edition of the Digital Quality of Life Index (DQL) ranks Jordan 96th among 110 countries.
The third annual edition of the Digital Quality of Life Index (DQL) ranks Jordan 96th among 110 countries.

The third annual edition of the Digital Quality of Life Index (DQL) ranks Jordan 96th among 110 countries. Covering 90% 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. Joining the study for the first time, Jordan shows its highest score in e-infrastructure (50th) but displays comparatively lower results in internet affordability (94th), internet quality (90th), e-security (100th), and e-government (98th).

 Jordan ranks last (12th) among all indexed Western Asia countries, surpassed by Oman, Qatar, and Azerbaijan. The country shows a competitive rank in e-infrastructure, claiming 50th position in the world. The study shows that 85% of individuals use the internet in Jordan, which is the 40th best result globally. Additionally, the country ranks 38th in broadband speed growth. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, it has improved by 52% and now is 23.49 Mbps.

 However, Jordan has room for improvement in all digital wellbeing areas, as its DQL index is 30% worse than the global average. The internet could be more affordable, as it ranks only 94th worldwide. People in Jordan have to work almost 10 hours to afford the cheapest broadband internet package, 4 hours more than the global average. E-security could also be better since Jordan ranks 100th in this pillar. The score is 50% worse than the global average.

“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 of 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, 6 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 3rd, while Israel and the U.S. round out the top five of 110 nations that were evaluated. The bottom 5 countries are Ethiopia, Cambodia, Cameroon, Guatemala, and Angola.

Regionally, the U.S. 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.

Other significant findings of the report include:

  • Broadband is globally less affordable this year. Comparing countries included in both DQL20 and DQL21, people have to work 11% more (25 min more) to afford broadband internet in 2021. However, people have to work 29% less (28 min less) to afford mobile internet this year. 
  • The world’s worst internet is the least affordable. People in some countries, such as Nigeria, Côte D'Ivoire and Mali require approximately a week’s worth of work to afford the internet.
  • Investing in electronic infrastructure and electronic government contributes to people’s digital wellbeing the most. 

The 2021 DQL research examined a total population of more than 6.9 billion people in terms of five core pillars and 14 underpinning indicators that provide a comprehensive measure. The study is based on open-source information provided by the United Nations, the World Bank, Freedom House, the International Communications Union, and other sources. 

 The final 2021 Digital Quality of Life report and an interactive country comparison tool can be found here:

Surfshark, a Gold winner at 2021 Cybersecurity Excellence awards as a Most Innovative Security Service of the Year, is a privacy protection toolset developed to provide its users with the ability to control their online presence seamlessly. The core premise of Surfshark is to humanize online privacy protection and develop tools that protect users' privacy beyond the realm of a virtual private network. Surfshark is one of very few VPNs which have been audited by independent security experts.


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