The Netherlands Ranks No. 2 on the Global Innovation Index

You can call it the NetherLands of Innovation’. As one of the world’s most innovative countries, Holland outpaces the US and UK.

Strong interlinked infrastructure

The Netherlands ranks No. 2 on the 2018 Global Innovation Index (GII), rising from its no. 3 spot from the previous year. As one of the world’s most innovative countries, Holland outpaces the U.S., the U.K., Ireland, Germany, and more.

The Netherlands gets the second best innovation ranking globally for its strong, interlinked business sector that collaborates well with universities. Its business sector is internationalized via IP licensing exports.

Key performance indicators

Each year, the GII surveys some 130 economies using dozens of metrics that provide a high-level look at innovative activity. Its 81 indicators explore the political environment, education, infrastructure, and business sophistication. The GII is co-authored by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Cornell University and French graduate business school INSEAD.

“Innovation is the engine of economic growth in an increasingly knowledge-based global economy, but more investment is needed to help boost human creativity and economic output,” said WIPO Director General Francis Gurry. “Innovation can help transform the current economic upswing into longer-term growth.”

Innovative Leader in Europe and Globally

The Netherlands is one of 15 European countries among the top 25 global economies on the GII. A press release from WIPO notes, “Europe is particularly strong in human capital and research, infrastructure, business sophistication.”

In addition to ranking No. 2 overall on the GII, the Netherlands ranks first in the following categories: business sophistication, knowledge absorption, intellectual property payments, ICT services imports, and FDI net outflows.

Furthermore, Holland has strengths in human capital and research, infrastructure, market sophistication, and knowledge, technology and creative outputs, indicated the GII.

High Marks in Innovation

Besides ranking highly on the GII, the Netherlands leads other indexes such as the European Innovation Scoreboard and has innovation hubs across the country.