Highest ranked as “innovation leaders” is Sweden followed by Denmark, Germany and Finland (see scoreboard below).
Almost all Member States have improved their innovation performance according to the Innovation Union Scoreboard 2011. However, innovation performance growth is slowing down and the EU is not closing the persistent gap with global innovation leaders the US, Japan and South Korea.
The EU still maintains a clear lead over the emerging economies of China, Brazil, India, Russia, and South Africa. However, China is improving its innovation performance and is catching up progressively.
The 2011 Innovation Union Scoreboard places Member States into the following four country groups:
EU Member States' innovation performance