Summary of Spain in international rankings

The following data illustrate the perception of Spain from abroad in relation to aspects related to e-government development, digital public services provision or citizen’s online participation, as well as others aspects in that field as interoperability and open data.

Summary chart of international indicators
Indicator Position
OECD Digital Government Index 2019 7
United Nations eGovernment Survey 2020: Leading countries with very high  E-Government Development Index (EGDI) 17
United Nations eGovernment Survey 2018: World e-government leaders with very high E-Government Development Index (EGDI) 17
The Global Innovation Index 2020: online government services 16
The Global Innovation Index 2020: online participation 5
OURData Index Report (OCDE): Open Government Data 6
Global Cybersecurity Index (UIT) 7
Summary chart of european indicators
Indicator Position
Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) 11
Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI): digital public services 2
State of Play of Interoperability in Europe Report (2016): alignment with the European Interoperability Framework. 3
State of Play of Interoperability in Europe Report (2016): implementation of the European Interoperability Framework 1
Open Data Maturity in Europe Report (2019) 2

International Context

The OECD Digital Government Index(Abre en nueva ventana) analyzes the transition from e-government to digital government. Understood as the transition from digitalization of administrative procedures in an online administration, to completely digital public services, designed thinking in user, simpler, more accesible and proactive. Services that  really meet citizens’ needs.

In the first edition of the index, in 2019, Spain has obtained the seventh position in the global ranking, standing out its fourth position in three of the six analyzed dimensions: digital by design, data driven and proactiveness.


According to the report " UN eGovernment survey 2020(Abre en nueva ventana) ", Spain appears in the list of countries with a high performance according to the e-Government Development Index (EGDI). Leading this indicator are located in this 2020 edition: Denmark, Korea, Estonia, Finland and Australia. Also, Spain maintains the position number 17 with respect to the edition of 2016, and in the position number 10 in the field of the European countries.

According to the 2018 edition of the ITU's " Global Global Cybersecurity Index(Abre en nueva ventana) ", which was published in April 2019, Spain is in seventh place in the list of the ten countries that show the highest degree of commitment to cybersecurity.

In the analysis by geographic areas, Spain ranks fifth (5th) in the European area after the United Kingdom, France, Lithuania and Estonia.

According to the perspective that links the ICT development index, known as IDI, and the GCI, Spain also shows a good positioning.

Comparison of global IDI and GCI ranking (details in the previous text

European Union Context

According to the Index of Economy and Digital Society (DESI) 2020, Spain ranks 11th among the 28 EU Member States. It is noteworthy that Spain obtains good results and progresses in the development of digital public services, highlighting the commitment with open data. According to this indicator of digital public services, Spain is in second place, maintaining a sustained progress since 2014.

DESI 2020: Classification of Spain (details in the previous text)

Desi 2020: Relative results by dimension and evolution over time (details in the previous text)Spain's position in digital public services (details in the previous text)According to the eGovernment Benchmark 2020 published by the European Commission, Spain is located with a medium-high level of penetration and digitization, forming part of the Fruitful eGov scenario, which includes the best countries in its class above the European average.

The high usability average of 91% on average indicates that not only services are available online but also backed by reliable user support. Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Spain and Turkey have achieved a score of 100% on this indicator.
In Spain, seven out of ten people who needed to complete a government form did so online (70%) together with Finland, Denmark, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Estonia, the Netherlands and Latvia. Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Spain outperform both in penetration and digitization compared to European countries with similar characteristics.

In the field of interoperability, an essential aspect for the flow of cooperation between administrations (with the goal of provide greater efficiency and effectiveness in serving the citizen), according to the “ State of Play of Interoperability in Europe (NIFO) Report 2016 ”, Spain is located in the top positions in terms of alignment, implementaton and monitorig in the “European Interoperability Framework”.

State of play of Interoperability in Europe (NIFO) – Report 2016 (details in the previous text)

In the field of Open Data, according to the study "Open Data Maturity in Europe" , in its 2019 edition, Spain ranks second.

In the field of open data, it places Spain in second place (details in the previous text)


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