The Global Innovation Index (GII) 2017 has ranked Switzerland the world’s most innovative country for the seventh time in a row. According to the authors, Switzerland is leading in knowledge creation and in a number of other important indicators, including PCT patent applications and high-tech manufacturing. With its favorable business environment and solid innovation capabilities, Switzerland remains highly successful in transforming its resources into more numerous and more varied innovation outputs.
Sweden holds the second highest position, followed by the Netherlands, the USA and the UK.
In addition, the GII has analyzed several regional industry clusters such as the Basel region. Basel is considered a top cluster when it comes to patent fillings. The GII further highlights the region’s tri-national character.
The GII is the result of a collaboration between Cornell University, INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) as co-publishers, and their Knowledge Partners.