Innovation Union Scoreboard

The annual IUS report includes innovation indicators and trend analyses for the European Union’s 27 member states, as well as for Croatia, Iceland, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland and Turkey. It also includes comparisons based on a reduced set of indicators between the 27 EU nations and 10 other global competitors. The final scorecard is derived from 24 different innovation indicators, all falling into three categories: enablers, firm activities and outputs.

Innovating in Europe

Nordic countries such as Sweden, Finland and Denmark top the 2013 list and are titled ‘Innovation leaders’. The next grouping of countries that score above average is named ‘Innovation followers’, with the Netherlands rated highest in this group. Other innovation followers that rank below the Netherlands include France, Ireland and Luxembourg. Those countries that score slightly below average are named ‘Moderate innovators’, examples being the Czech Republic and Italy. And the least innovative countries in the EU are titled ‘Modest innovators’, including examples such as Bulgaria and Romania.

Amsterdam Area: a research hub

The Netherlands scored particularly well for its open, excellent and attractive research systems. No other country surpassed the Dutch in this dimension. Within the Netherlands, the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area plays an important role as a research hub. The area hosts the highest concentration of life sciences research in the Netherlands, hosting more than 20,000 employees and promoting a strong focus on biomedical and human health.

This is reflected by the growth in the number of businesses involved with Red Life Sciences (health and medical equipment) in the Amsterdam Area. Over the past year, nine new companies from this sector have established themselves in the region, including Alvimedica (Turkey) and Bioventus (US).