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The high standard of broadband in the UK has helped the country to rank second in the world for human wellbeing  in the latest Social Progress Index.

The report, which ranks countries on factors such as healthcare, physical and and digital infrastructure, is compiled by the Social Progress Imperative and is topped by Sweden in 2013, though the UK follows closely behind.

According to the report authors, the communications infrastructure in the UK rivals anywhere else on the planet for overall quality and this has helped the country to surpass nations such as Switzerland, Canada, Germany and the US to claim second spot.

Professor Porter, Author of the Index, said that in both business and economic development, understanding of success remains incomplete.

"Previous efforts to go beyond economic measurement alone have laid important groundwork, but we need a more holistic, comprehensive, and rigorous approach. The Social Progress Index is an attempt to address these gaps and opportunities.”," he added.

It also follows up a recent Forrester report which revealed that the UK is the most connected country in Europe in terms of internet access, with 83 per cent regularly going online.

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