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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 the relative strengths and weaknesses of national innovation systems and helps countries identify areas they need to address. The European innovation scoreboard 2021 was released on 21 June 2021. This year’s EIS report is also accompanied by the 2021 edition of the regional innovation scoreboard which provides comparable results for 240 regions in 22 EU countries.

In the spotlight

European innovation scoreboard 2021

The 2021 edition of the innovation scoreboard shows that Europe's innovation performance continues to improve across the EU. On average, innovation performance has increased by 12.5% since 2014. There is continued convergence within the EU, with lower-performing countries growing faster than higher-performing ones, therefore closing the innovation gap among them. 

Five EU countries witnessed an improvement in the performance of 25 percentage points or more (Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Italy and Lithuania). Sweden continues to be the  EU Innovation Leader, followed by Finland, Denmark and Belgium, all with innovation performance well above the EU average.
In the global landscape, the EU is performing better than its competitors like China, Brazil, South Africa, Russia, and India, while South Korea, Canada, Australia, the United States, and Japan have a performance lead over the EU.

This year’s European innovation scoreboard (EIS) is based on a revised framework, which includes new indicators on digitalisation and environmental sustainability, bringing the scoreboard more in line with the EU political priorities.

Country profiles

EU countries

Austria

Belgium

Bulgaria

Croatia

Cyprus

Czechia

Denmark

Estonia

Finland

France

Germany

Greece

Hungary

Ireland

Italy

Latvia

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Malta

Netherlands

Poland

Portugal

Romania

Slovakia

Slovenia

Spain

Sweden

Non-EU countries

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Iceland

Israel

Montenegro

North Macedonia

Norway

Serbia

Switzerland

Turkey

Ukraine

United Kingdom

European innovation scoreboard interactive tool

The European innovation scoreboard interactive tool allows for custom comparisons of performance scores. Visualise country profiles, compare relative strengths, weaknesses and trends, and test correlations between indicators.

Documents and media

Other EIS documents

Previous editions

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