The Grand Duchy's efforts in terms of research and innovation are bearing fruit. On the 2019 European Innovation Scoreboard, which assesses the performance of countries in the field of innovation using 27 indicators, the Grand Duchy came 5th, with a score of 0.623 out of 1.
The 2019 ranking is headed by Sweden (with an average score of 0.713 out of 1), followed by Finland (0.704), Denmark (0.680) and the Netherlands (0.651). The Grand Duchy heads the list of 'strong innovators', ahead of its three neighbours: Belgium (6th), Germany (8th) and France (11th).
An attractive research system
According to the European Commission's Scoreboard, the Grand Duchy's research system is the most attractive in Europe. It is above all the University of Luxembourg and the publicly-funded research centres, including LIST LIH and LISER, as well as FNR and Luxinnovation, that have made a vital contribution to this excellent performance. The three indicators in the section on 'attractive research systems' are international scientific co-publications (3rd place), most cited publications (4th place) and the proportion of foreign doctorate students (1st place).
To sum up, the Grand Duchy presents the following scores compared with the EU average in 2018 (index 100):
- Tools: human resources (128); attractive research systems (193); innovation-friendly environment (135).
- Investment: finance and support (117); firm investments (65).
- Innovation activities: innovators (140); linkages (70); intellectual assets (158).
- Impacts: employment impacts (135); sales impacts (81).
About the Scoreboard
Every year, the European Commission releases a comparative assessment of EU member States' performance in the field of innovation, comparing them to their international competitors. This data helps member States and the EU as a whole to assess which areas should be focused on.
Overall, the EU has improved since the previous edition of the Scoreboard, and is now ahead of the United States. However, it ranks behind South Korea, Canada, Australia and Japan – the world's leaders in terms of innovation.
(article written by the editorial team of the portal www.luxembourg.lu)