How Spain’s rise to digital leader has gone under the radar

DW – 03.04.2018

"Let others invent" was the Spanish slogan for a long time. However, the Spaniards are taking an unlikely lead in the latest digital revolution, becoming a focal point in Blockchain technology and the Internet of Things.

It may have come as a surprise, not least to the Spaniards themselves, but the country is riding the wave of a technology revolution.

For decades, the saying "let others invent" — based on a famous quote by the Spanish author Miguel de Unamuno ("Que inventen ellos") — was Spain's credo and made the country a tourism world champion during the Franco dictatorship. But it has failed to create an industrial base, while engineers and skilled workers emigrated en masse to northern Europe.

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