search

Published by the European Commission, the annual Innovation Scoreboard analyses the research and innovation performance of the EU Member States and selected third countries as well as the relative strengths and weaknesses of their research and innovation systems. The analysed countries can use the data to determine what efforts are needed in order for them to boost their innovation performance.

Strong Luxembourg performance

Ranked 8th in last year’s Innovation Scoreboard, Luxembourg gained two places this year and was moved from the group “Strong innovators” to “Innovation Leaders”. Sweden is once again the overall EU innovation leader, followed by Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Luxembourg. Germany drops to the group of strong innovators.

Luxembourg performs particularly well in the attractiveness of its research system, which exceeds the EU average with 98%, and its intellectual assets (patent, trademark and design applications) which is rated as 53% above the EU average. Its overall innovation index is 21% above the EU average. Luxembourg improved its performance relative to the EU average with 6.6 percentage points between 2010 and 2017.

Positive outlook

The 2018 edition of the Scoreboard highlights that the EU’s innovation performance continues to improve, that progress is accelerating, and that the outlook is positive. Since 2010, the EU’s average innovation performance has increased by 5.8 percentage points, and it is expected to improve by an additional 6 percentage points over the next 2 years.

At the global level, the EU is catching up with Canada, Japan and the United States. The EU maintains its lead over China, but this lead is decreasing rapidly with China having improved almost three times as fast as the EU. Relative to South Korea, the EU has been falling behind, but a gradual catch-up is expected over the next years.

In selected areas of innovation, the EU leaders are:

  • Denmark – human resources and innovation-friendly environment;
  • Luxembourg – attractive research systems;
  • France – finance and support;
  • Ireland – innovation in SMEs, employment impacts, and sales impacts;
  • Belgium – innovation linkages and collaboration.

Read more

New opportunity to accelerate your business with Luxembourg’s Fit 4 Start programme

07-12-2018

Luxinnovation will shortly launch a new call for applications for its successful accelerator programme Fit 4 Start. Discover how previous participants have benefited from the programme.
Read more

Innovative digital partnership between Monaco and Luxembourg

07-12-2018

Supporting digitalisation in order to modernise the administration and foster innovation is a priority for both Monaco and Luxembourg. The two countries signed a declaration of intent on 6 December 2018 as a basis of collaboration in the digital field.
Read more

12 Michelin stars for Luxembourg

06-12-2018

Ten Luxembourg restaurants are included in the 2019 Belgium and Luxembourg edition of the Michelin Guide, confirming once more the country’s status as an Eldorado for lovers of fine dining.
Read more

New issue of Happen magazine highlights Industry 4.0

06-12-2018

Hot off the press, the second issue of Happen provides an insight into business opportunities and advantages in Luxembourg and showcases the country’s technological excellence and innovative spirit.
Read more

Leading industrial firms expand in Luxembourg

06-12-2018

Two main players in Luxembourg’s industrial landscape are investing: Ampacet is setting up two new plastics masterbatch production lines at its European headquarters here, and Cebi International is building a completely new research centre
Read more

All news

Close