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EU scoreboard: Danes are innovative

Denmark is one of the most innovative countries, according to the latest EU Commission analysis. But it lags behind in attracting international scientists, and Danish students are slow

Only Sweden and Germany perform better than Denmark in the EU Commission’s bi-annual survey of member nations’ performance in research and innovation, the ‘Innovation Union Scoreboard 2013’, reports and

See the report here.

The EU as a whole continues to lag behind the USA, Japan and South Korea, but remains ahead of the BRIC countries (Brazil Russia, India, and China).

According to the new report, Denmark’s strength, compared to other EU countries, lies in participating in significantly more international research projects, publications, and collaboration projects between the public and private sector. However, Denmark is ranked below average in the ability to attract international researchers, while young Danish students are generally slower in terms of completing their education.

The elite: Sweden, Germany, Denmark and Finland

Three Baltic countries – Lithuania, Estonia. And Latvia – are three EU counties that have experienced the biggest growth in innovation.

Based on the Summary Innovation Index, the Member States fall into the following four country groups:

Innovation leaders: Sweden, Germany, Denmark and Finland, all show a performance well above that of the EU average.
Innovation followers: Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium, the UK, Austria, Ireland, France, Slovenia, Cyprus and Estonia all show a performance close to that of the EU average.
Moderate innovators: The performance of Italy, Spain, Portugal, Czech Republic, Greece, Slovakia, Hungary, Malta and Lithuania is below that of the EU average.
Modest innovators: The performance of Poland, Latvia, Romania and Bulgaria is well below that of the EU average.

Article (in Danish) here.

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