Denmark is third most innovative in the EU

Denmark is the third most innovative country in the EU according to the European Innovation Scoreboard 2019. Attractive research systems, an innovation-friendly environment and human resources are the strongest innovation dimensions.

The European innovation scoreboard by the European Commission provides a comparative analysis of innovation performance in EU countries, other European countries, and regional neighbours.

Denmark is placed in the best performing group “Innovation leader”, taking the third spot surpassed only by Sweden and Finland.

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Denmark praised for private and public R&D expenditure

Denmark performs above the EU average in close to all dimensions. Most notably in:

  • Attractive research systems
  • Innovation-friendly environment 
  • R&D expenditure in public sector
  • R&D expenditure in private sector
  • Top R&D spending enterprises per 10 million population
  • PCT patent and trademark applications
  • New doctorate graduates
  • Lifelong learning
  • Public-private co-publications

“The European Innovation Scoreboard confirms that Greater Copenhagen is an outstanding innovation hub. We have a highly educated work force, companies are innovative, and the public-private collaboration in research and development is almost second to none. International investors, companies and talents have great opportunities for finding business opportunities here, and we are ready to help”

separator- Claus Lønborg, CEO Copenhagen Capacity

Top 10 most innovative EU Member States

  1. Sweden
  2. Finland
  3. Denmark
  4. Netherlands
  5. Luxembourg
  6. Belgium
  7. United Kingdom
  8. Germany
  9. Austria
  10. Ireland

Want to explore business opportunities in Greater Copenhagen?

If you want to know more about business opportunities in Greater Copenhagen, please contact Director of Investment Promotion, Anette Steenberg, via e-mail: or phone: 0045 60 87 21 02.