The Regional Innovation Scoreboard (RIS) is a regional extension of the European Innovation Scoreboard, assessing the innovation performance of European regions on a limited number of indicators. The RIS 2017 covers 220 regions across 22 EU countries, Norway, Serbia, and Switzerland. In addition, Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, and Malta are included at country level.
The RIS 2017 replicates the refined analytical framework of the European Innovation Scoreboard to the extent possible in terms of data availability. In addition, it introduces a more detailed breakdown of performance groups and offers a new toolbox with contextual data that can be used to analyse and compare structural differences between regions.
The new Scoreboard confirms that Europe's most innovative regions are located in the most innovative countries. The most innovative region in the EU is Stockholm in Sweden, followed by Hovedstaden (Copenhagen) in Denmark, and South East in the United Kingdom. Some regional innovative hubs exist also in moderate innovator countries: Praha (Prague) in the Czech Republic, Bratislavský kraj (Bratislava) in Slovakia, and País Vasco (Basque Country) in Spain.
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