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, dixital public services provision or citizen’s en liña participation, as well as others aspects in that field as interoperability and open data.

Summary chart of international indicators
Indicator Position
OECD Dixital Government Index 2019 7
United Nations eGovernment Survey 2020: Leading countries with very high  E-Government Development Index (EGDI) 17
The Global Innovation Index 2020: en liña government services 16
The Global Innovation Index 2020: en liña participation 5
OURData Index Report (OCDE): Open Government Data 6
Global Cybersecurity Index (UIT) 7
Summary chart of european indicators
Indicator Position
Dixital Economy and Society Index (DESI) 11
Dixital Economy and Society Index (DESI): dixital public services 2
Open Data Maturity in Europe Report (2019) 2

International Context

The OECD Dixital Government Index(Abre en nova xanela) analyzes the transition from e-government to dixital government. Understood as the transition from digitalization of administrative procedures in an en liña administration, to completely dixital 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: dixital by design, data driven and proactiveness.


According to the report " UN eGovernment survey 2020(Abre en nova xanela) ", 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 nova xanela) ", 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 Dixital 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 dixital public services, highlighting the commitment with open data. According to this indicator of dixital 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 en liña 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 en liña (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 new European Commission report " The state-of-play report on dixital public administration and interoperability 2020", (Abre en nova xanela) Spain is presented as an example of good practices in the implementation of the European Interoperability Framework (EIF). The most important success factors in promoting interoperability in the country are the continued effort to maintain momentum at the national level, the collective commitment of the different stakeholders and alignment with the EIF.

The analysis carried out in this report is based on the 2018 and 2019 Dixital Government  factsheets, and on the 2020 Dixital Public Administration factsheets, prepared by European Comission for each country. The latter include the results obtained in the EIF Monitoring Mechanism 2019,  which measures the implementation of the EIF by the Member States, and is based on a set of 68 KPIs clustered within the three pillars of the EIF: principles, layers and conceptual model of interoperability.
The graph below shows the results obtained by Spain in this new monitoring mechanism. It is possible to notice an overall good performance of the country, with particularly positive results within the ‘Conceptual Model’ and ‘Interoperability Layers’ scoreboards.

State of play of Interoperability in Europe (NIFO) – Report 2020 (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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