The European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS) 2006 was recently published and the innovation gap between Europe and the U.S. and Japan seems to be decreasing. The EIS is an instrument designed by the European Commission, under the Lisbon Strategy, to measure and compare the EU countries performance in innovation, which includes a comparative analysis of innovation performance among U.S., Japan and the European countries. The Nordic countries and Switzerland continue to be the world leaders in innovation.
Based on their overall innovation scores, here is where the countries landed in the EIS ranking system:
Innovation leaders: Sweden, Switzerland, Finland, Denmark, Germany and Japan
Innovation followers: UK, Iceland, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Ireland, US
Catching-up countries: Slovenia, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Portugal, Poland, Latvia, Greece, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Romania
Trailing countries: Estonia, Spain, Italy, Malta, Hungary, Croatia and Slovakia