Global Innovation Index 2017

29 06 2017

Global Innovation Index (GII) 2017 was released on 15 June 2017.

Now in its 10th edition, the GII provides an annual ranking of the innovation capabilities and performance of 127 countries and economies around the world.  The ranking is based on 81 indicators which includes both traditional and wider measures of innovation. The report is co-published by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), Cornell University and INSEAD, and intends to deliver a multi-dimensional measure and understanding of innovation around the world.

The GII 2017 focused on innovation in agriculture and food systems, as these sectors are expected to face significant increases in global demand and competition for limited natural resources, as well as the effects of climate change, over the coming decades.

Switzerland took out the top overall ranking for the 7th consecutive year, with the other countries in the Top 10 being Sweden, Netherlands, U.S, U.K, Denmark, Singapore, Finland, Germany and Ireland. Australia’s ranking fell from 19 in 2016 and 17 in 2015, to 23 in GII 2017. However, Australia came in 1st for School Life Expectancy, 2nd for both Government’s Online Service and E-Participation, and 3rd for Tertiary Enrolment.


Top-Ranking Countries by Region:

  1. Northern America – U.S & Canada
  2. Europe – Switzerland, Sweden & Netherlands
  3. South East Asia/East Asia/Oceania – Singapore, South Korea & Japan
  4. Latin America and the Caribbean – Chile, Costa Rica & Mexico
  5. Northern Africa and Western Asia – Israel, Cyprus & UAE
  6. Central and Southern Asia – India, Iran & Kazakhstan
  7. Sub-Saharan Africa – South Africa, Mauritius & Kenya


Top-Ranking Countries by Income Group:

  1. High Income – Switzerland, Sweden & Netherlands
  2. Upper-Middle Income – China, Bulgaria & Malaysia
  3. Lower-Middle Income – Vietnam, Ukraine & Mongolia
  4. Low Income – Tanzania, Rwanda & Senegal


View the Full Report Here

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