Switzerland is the world’s most innovative country in 2019

Switzerland is the world’s most innovative countries in 2019

The World Intellectual Property Organization, WIPO, named Switzerland as the world’s most innovative country in 2019, as it topped the Global Innovation Index (GII), which measures innovation levels in 126 economies based on a range of criteria ranging from business development to educational spending and creative output.

Switzerland is the world’s most-innovative country in 2019, with a score of 67.24 out of 100, which is the ninth time it has been located in the number 1 spot.

Sweden, the United States, Netherlands and the United Kingdom came directly after Switzerland in the top ranking.


China emerged for the first time in the top 20 ranking in 2018, where it resumed its progress by booking the 14th place this year. 

"The rise in the global innovation index by economic forces such as China and India has changed the geography of innovation and this reflects deliberate political action to encourage innovation," said WIPO Director-General Francis Carey.

GII 2019 is rated at 126 economies based on 80 indicators, from traditional measurements such as R&D investments, international patent and trademark applications, and even newer indicators, including mobile phone applications and high technology exports.

The lowest-ranked countries this year in the index were Niger (18.13), Burundi (17.65) and Yemen (14.49).

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