Those are just two of more comparisons than you can poke a stick at between almost 150 countries in the just released Global Innovation Index (GII), produced by Insead and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) with the help of Alcatel-Lucent, Booz & Company and the Confederation of Indian Industry as knowledge partners.
In the Wikipedia stakes Australia ranks 24th, well behind New Zealand in 12th place. In YouTube upload' Australia is in 15th place, just ahead of New Zealand at number 18.
Overall Australia fared poorly compared to New Zealand, coming in 23rd place, New Zealand was 13th. New Zealand ranked third in the Asia and Oceania region after Singapore and Hong Kong. Korea was fourth and Australia fifth. New Zealand improved its ranking by two places from 2011. Australia's ranking fell two places.
Australia was also behind New Zealand in ICT access, 23rd compared to New Zealand's 18th position. When it came to ICT usage Australia fared rather better being ranked 9th ahead of New Zealand at 14. However these tables - compiled by the ITU, reflected the situation in 2010.
Where Australia and New Zealand really stood out was in starting a business. New Zealand came first and Australia second (2011 rankings supplied by the World Bank).
You can access all the individual rankings, or download the entire report of almost 500 pages here.
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