Nordics, Germany and The Netherlands leading in European innovation


The EU is continuing to catch up with global innovation leaders. But innovation is still held back in many member states by low business investment and restrictive framework conditions, notably affecting SMEs.

The Nordics, Germany and The Netherlands are the innovation leaders of the continent. The fastest growing innovators are Latvia, Malta, Lithuania, the UK and The Netherlands.

The European Innovation Scoreboard – previously Innovation Union Scoreboard – provides a comparative analysis of innovation performance in EU Member States, other European countries, and regional neighbours. It assesses relative strengths and weaknesses of national innovation systems and helps countries identify areas they need to address.

The Regional Innovation Scoreboard is a regional extension of the European Innovation Scoreboard, assessing the innovation performance of European regions on a limited number of indicators.

Check out the report to see how each country matches up!


The Nordics, Germany and The Netherlands are the innovation leaders of the European Union