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Nordic countries lead the Innovation Union Scoreboard 2011

  • Publisert 21.02.2012
Sweden, Finland and Denmark are together with Germany the innovation leaders in The Innovation Union's performance scoreboard for research and innovation in the 27 EU member states.

The growth in innovation performance has been calculated for each country and for the EU27 using data over a five-year period. All countries except from Luxembourg and the UK show an absolute improvement in their innovation performance over time.


Countries at the top of the ranking share a number of strengths in their national research and innovation systems with a key role of business activity and public-private collaboration. The innovation leaders obviously perform very well in Business R&D expenditures. Most of the innovation leaders also perform very well in other innovation indicators related to firm activities.


The top innovator Sweden dominates in Human resources, Finance and support and Firm investments.


It continues to be a general growth in innovation performance, but this is slowing down. Bulgaria, Estonia, Romania, Portugal and Slovenia are the growth leaders with an average annual growth rate above 5%.




This is the second edition of The Innovation Union Scoreboard 2011 which replaces the European Innovation Scoreboard (published from 2001 to 2009). It is meant to help monitor the implementation of the Europe 2020 Innovation Union flagship by providing a comparative assessment of the innovation performance of the EU27 Member States and the relative strengths and weaknesses of their research and innovation systems.


The Innovation Union Scoreboard includes innovation indicators and trend analyses for the EU27 Member States, as well as for Croatia, Iceland, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland and Turkey. It also includes comparisons based on a more reduced set of indicators between the EU27 and 10 global competitors.


Check out the Scoreboard here.