New Zealand has risen a place but is behind Australia in a global technology survey that ranks Sweden top for the second time in a row.
New Zealand ranked 18th out of 138 in the World Economic Forum-Insead Global Information Technology Report 2009-2010, one place behind Australia and a place ahead of Japan. New Zealand was 19th last year and was 22nd in the three previous surveys.
New Zealand ranked third for political and regulatory environment but for government readiness it ranked 28th. It ranked 13th on a measure of individual usage and 24th for business usage. The country ranked 19th in a measure of infrastructure environment.
Eleven European economies featuring among the top 20 of the world's best performers.
Besides the Nordics and Switzerland, the Netherlands was 11th, Germany 13th, Luxembourg 14th, the United Kingdom 15th and France 20th.
The New Zealand Institute director Rick Boven said a strong commitment to developing information and communication technology and innovation was crucial for building a high-performing, competitive, and resilient economy.