Switzerland named the most innovative country in Europe
Switzerland is the innovation leader in Europe – ahead of the 27 EU member states – according to a report by the European Commission.
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The Alpine country obtained the best score in the seven indicators used to establish the ranking. âSwitzerland’s strengths lie in attractive research systems, human resources and intellectual assets. The three main indicators include international scientific co-publications, foreign doctoral students and lifelong learning, âsaid the European Innovation Scoreboard 2021.External link, which was released on Monday.
âMore recently, innovation performance has declined, mainly due to reduced performance in government support for business R&D, employment in knowledge-intensive activities, service-intensive exports. knowledge intensity and technologies related to the environment.
The report highlighted continued convergence within the EU, with the worst performing countries growing faster than the best performing ones, thus closing the innovation gap between them. As a result, the difference between the EU and Switzerland in terms of innovative strength has narrowed.
Strengths and weaknesses
Besides Switzerland, other âinnovation leadersâ are Sweden, followed by Finland, Denmark and Belgium. Iceland, Israel, Norway and the UK are described as âpowerful innovatorsâ. Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine are so-called emerging innovators.
According to the report, Stockholm (Sweden) is the most innovative region in Europe, followed by EtelÃ¤-Suomi (Finland) and Upper Bavaria (Germany). Hovedstaden (Denmark) is fourth and Zurich (Switzerland) fifth.
The European Innovation Scoreboard compares innovation performance in EU countries, other European countries and regional neighbors. It assesses the relative strengths and weaknesses of national innovation systems. The European Innovation Scoreboard was first published in 2001.