The 2019 European Innovation Scoreboard released today – by the European Commission – shows Sweden as the continent’s top performer.
A raft of indicators are used to gauge the innovative strengths of the continent’s member states: across sectors, the public sector and academia. The ‘number of scientific publications among the top-10% most cited publications worldwide’, for example, is one of the dozens used.
The EU has achieved progress year-on-year, with 24 countries doing better than they did in 2018, and Europe as a whole outstripping the United States, though continuing to lag behind Japan and South Korea.
“Innovation equals future jobs and growth. I am happy to see general progress in the EU. Yet, to stay ahead in the global race, both the EU and our Member States need to continue investing and developing the right policies for innovation to flourish,” said Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation.