Europe's Top Innovators
Nordic countries lead the Innovation Union Scoreboard 2011
Almost all Member States have improved their innovation performance according to the Innovation Union Scoreboard 2011. Nordic countries and Germany remain the innovation leaders with Sweden, Denmark, Germany and Finland all showing a performance well above that of the EU27 average.
The Innovation Union Scoreboard 2011 is the second edition of the Scoreboard, which replaces the European Innovation Scoreboard (published from 2001 to 2009). It provides a comparative assessment of the research and innovation performance of the EU27 Member States and the relative strengths and weaknesses of their research and innovation systems. In this way, it complements the Europe 2020 Annual Growth Survey and helps Member States assess areas in which they need to concentrate to boost their innovation performance.
- Innovation leaders: Sweden, Denmark, Germany and Finland, all show a performance well above that of the EU27 average.
- Innovation followers: Belgium, the UK, Netherlands, Austria, Luxembourg, Ireland, France, Slovenia, Cyprus and Estonia all show a performance close to that of the EU27 average.
- Moderate innovators: The performance of Italy, Portugal, Czech Republic, Spain, Hungary, Greece, Malta Slovakia and Poland is below that of the EU27 average.
- Modest innovators: The performance of Romania, Lithuania, Bulgaria and Latvia, and is well below that of the EU27 average.