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European Innovation Scoreboard

European Innovation Scoreboard

The European Innovation Scoreboard provides a comparative analysis of innovation performance in EU countries, other European countries, and regional neighbours. It assesses relative strengths and weaknesses of national innovation systems and helps countries identify areas they need to address.

The Regional Innovation Scoreboard is a regional extension of the European Innovation Scoreboard, assessing the innovation performance of European regions based on a limited number of indicators.

European Innovation Scoreboard 2017

The 2017 edition of the Scoreboard presents a refined analytical framework. Rankings are therefore not directly comparable with previous editions, but time series using the new analytical framework allow performance to be tracked over time. New indicators capture investments in skills, digital readiness, entrepreneurship, and public-private innovation partnerships. In addition, a new toolbox with contextual data can be used to analyse and compare structural differences between countries.

The new scoreboard reveals that EU innovation performance continues to increase, especially due to improvements in human resources, the innovation-friendly environment, own-resource investments, and attractive research systems. Sweden remains the EU innovation leader, followed by Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, the UK, and Germany. Lithuania, Malta, the UK, the Netherlands, and Austria are the fastest growing innovators.

In a global comparison, the EU is catching up with Canada and the US, but South Korea and Japan are pulling ahead. China shows the fastest progress among international competitors.

Country profiles

EU countries

AustriaBelgiumBulgariaCroatia
CyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkEstonia
FinlandFranceGermanyGreece
HungaryIrelandItalyLatvia
LithuaniaLuxembourgMaltaNetherlands
PolandPortugalRomaniaSlovakia
SloveniaSpainSwedenUnited Kingdom

Non-EU countries

IcelandIsraelformer Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
NorwaySerbiaSwitzerlandTurkeyUkraine

European Innovation Scoreboard Interactive Tool

The European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS) Interactive Tool allows for custom comparisons of performance scores. Visualise country profiles comparisons, as well as correlations between scores.

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