Within the framework of the innovation indicator, a summary of the essential findings is published. The following are the key results for 2018:
As one of the most innovative countries in the world, Germany holds fourth place – but again does not achieve a top ranking in any of the sub-areas of industry, science, education, state and society. Singapore takes the top spot and is ahead of Switzerland for the first time. Singapore scores 73 points in 2018’s Innovation Indicator, one point more than Switzerland. With 55 points, Germany remains in 4th place behind Belgium. The gap to its small western neighbour has now increased to five points. The reason for the larger gap to the top is the lack of dynamics in some sub-indicators. For example, Germany now only ranks 9th in the sub-indicator industry. The BRICS countries, which were predicted a golden future in the 2000s, continue to occupy the lower places in the Innovation Indicator. China, which ranks 25th of 35 nations, is still the best performer. After years of decline, the USA was able to improve to 6th place.