The Netherlands has lost its place among Europe’s innovation leaders, according to the European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS) published by the European Commission. The EIS provides a comparative analysis of innovation performance in EU and other European countries, based on indicators such as the education status of the population, research activities and impact of businesses in knowledge-intensive sectors.
The performance of the Netherlands had already been slightly declining relative to the EU average in recent years, but after a relatively strong decline in 2021, it dropped below the 125 percent better-than-average mark required to qualify for innovation leader status. With a score of 123, the Netherlands is still labeled as a strong innovator.
Europe’s innovation leaders are Belgium (for the first time), Denmark, Finland and Sweden.