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Sweden, Finland and Denmark among the top seven countries in the Global Innovation Index 2012

  • Published 04/07/2012
The list of overall top 10 performers has changed little from last year. Switzerland, Sweden, and Singapore are followed in the top 5 by Finland and the United Kingdom, with Denmark on 7th place.

Switzerland, Sweden, and Singapore lead in overall innovation performance according to the Global Innovation Index 2012 (GII): Stronger Innovation Linkages for Global Growth, published today by INSEAD, the international business school, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a specialized agency of the United Nations.


The study shows that the dynamics of innovation continue to be affected by the emergence of new successful innovators, as seen by the range of countries across continents in the top twenty GII ranking, as well as the good performances of emerging countries such as Latvia, Malaysia, China, Montenegro, Serbia, Republic of Moldova, Jordan, Ukraine, India, Mongolia, Armenia, Georgia, Namibia, Viet Nam, Swaziland, Paraguay, Ghana, Senegal; and low-income countries Kenya and Zimbabwe.


- The GII is a timely reminder that policies to promote innovation are critical to the debate on spurring sustainable economic growth, WIPO Director General Francis Gurry said.


- The downward pressure on investment in innovation exerted by the current crisis must be resisted. Otherwise we risk durable damage to countries’ productive capacities. This is the time for forward-looking policies to lay the foundations for future prosperity.


Read more about this year's index