EFTA countries score highly on Innovation Union Scoreboard 2015

Published 08-05-2015
On 7 May 2015, the Annual Innovation Union Scoreboard was published by the European Commission. The report gives information on innovation performance in Europe, including three of the EFTA countries.

The scoreboard provides a comparative assessment of the research and innovation performance of EU Member States and other countries outside the European Union. It is a useful, non-binding tool that helps countries assess the strengths and weaknesses of their research and innovation systems.

Among the EFTA countries, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland are covered by the scoreboard report, with Switzerland outperforming all EU Member States in 2015 to remain Europe’s overall innovation leader.

“Taking into account European countries outside the EU, also this year Switzerland confirms its position as the overall innovation leader by continuously outperforming all EU Member States and by being the best performer in as many as six indicators”, the report states.

Iceland also scores above the EU average performance, and is classified as an “innovation follower”. It has the highest performance of all counties in public R&D expenditures and the highest share of SMEs that introduced product or process innovators.

Norway is classified as a moderate innovator, with its performance coming close to that of the innovation followers. Norway’s growth performance (1.4%) is above that of the EU (1.0%).

For more information about the Innovation Union Scoreboard 2015, see the Commission press release.

To see the full report, click here.

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