Estonia continues to be a strong innovator in Europe, according to the latest European Innovation Scoreboard.
The scoreboard divides countries into four categories: innovation leaders, strong innovators, moderate innovators and modest innovators. Sweden is an innovation leader, similar to 2019, and is followed by Finland, Denmark, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. Estonia is among strong innovators together with Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland and Portugal.
Estonia rose to the strong innovators group last year and has maintained its position, noted Katrin Pihor, the Head of the Research Department of the Ministry of Education and Research of Estonia. “Estonia scores high on innovative SMEs collaborating with others, trademark applications, lifelong learning and non-R&D innovation expenditures,” Pihor said. Marketing or organizational innovation as well as low R&D expenditure are the weak points of Estonia’s innovation. Additionally, Estonia export of medium and high-tech products and employment in fast-growing enterprises of innovative sectors are lower than European average.
The European Innovation Scoreboard compares different innovation-related indicators both in the EU countries and in other countries in Europe and its neighboring regions. Various innovation-related indicators, such as innovation-friendly environments, intellectual property (including patent and trademark applications), attractiveness of the research system, support measures, human resources (including the proportion of people with higher education, participation in lifelong learning, protection of the doctorate), etc., will be evaluated.
Further information: European Innovation Scoreboard 2020