- The Netherlands belongs to the group of strong innovators in 2021 and scores well above the EU average.
- In previous years, the Netherlands was one of the innovation leaders. There is a small decrease in 2021.
- At provincial level, the Netherlands has three innovation leaders, six strong innovators and three average innovators.
How innovative are the Netherlands and the EU-27 countries?
The European Innovation Scoreboard is a index composed of four different groups of indicators: 1) “framework conditions”, the main drivers of innovative performance outside companies; 2) “investments”, public and private investments in research and innovation; 3) “innovation activities”, the innovation activities of companies; and 4) "impacts", the effects of innovative activities of companies. At country level, the Netherlands belongs to the group of strong innovators in 2021 (a score between 100%-125% compared to the EU average=100%). In previous years, the Netherlands belonged to the group of innovation leaders (above 125% of the EU average). The Netherlands scores well above the EU average (38.5 percentage points in 2021).
How innovative are the Dutch provinces?
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At provincial level, the Netherlands has three innovation leaders in 2021 (20% above the EU average): Utrecht, Noord-Brabant, Noord-Holland. This is followed by a group of provinces that are described as strong innovators: South Holland, Gelderland, Limburg, Groningen, Overijssel, Flevoland. Friesland, Zeeland and Drenthe are classified as average innovators.