The assessment shows that Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Germany excel in the commercialisation of their technological knowledge, as demonstrated by their good performance on the indicator License and patent revenues from abroad. Latvia and Lithuania performed well below the EU27 as Modest innovators.


The Innovation Union scoreboard (IUS) 2010 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 comprises comparisons based on a more reduced set of indicators between the EU27, the US, Japan and the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) countries.

The overall ambition of the assessment is to inform policy discussions at national and EU level, by tracking progress in innovation performance within and outside the EU over time. Another concern is to provide a comparative assessment of the innovation performance of the EU27 Member States as well as showing the relative strengths and weaknesses of their research and innovation systems.

Since the data relates to actual performance in 2007 (4 indicators), 2008 (10 indicators) and 2009 (10 indicators) the IUS 2010 may not fully capture the possible impact of the economic and financial crisis on innovation performance. 

The IUS report, its annexes and the indicators’ database are available at