Greater Copenhagen tops European Innovation Scoreboard 2017

Sweden and Denmark come out top and number two, respectively, in the 2017 European Innovation Scoreboard index. In Greater Copenhagen, spanning Eastern Denmark and Southern Sweden, businesses and talents get the best of both.

The European Innovation Scoreboard provides a comparative analysis of innovation performance in EU Member States, other European countries, and regional neighbours. New indicators in the recent edition capture investments in skills, digital readiness, entrepreneurship, and public-private innovation partnerships.

Sweden tops the innovation scoreboard

Sweden stands out most prevalently in the categories of:

  • Attractive research systems.
  • Innovation-friendly environment.
  • Human resources.
  • Firm investments.

Skåne in Southern Sweden contributes heavily to the country's overall performance within those categories.

Greater Copenhagen drives innovation

Skåne also plays a large role in Sweden’s overall innovativeness. From 2010 to 2016, Sweden grew relative to the EU average by 40.9% within opportunity-driven entrepreneurship, according to the EU Scoreboard.

Together Skåne and Copenhagen, which make up the Greater Copenhagen region, host around 75 incubators, accelerator programmes, clusters, and science parks. New initiatives and facilities that foster innovation – such as MAX IV, Pro Nano, and ESS – are certain to make Greater Copenhagen even more attractive for business and investment in the years to come.

Denmark praised for public and private R&D spending

Denmark takes the second place among the EU countries, performing above the EU average in close to all all dimensions. Most notably in:

  • Attractive research systems.
  • Top R&D spending enterprises (per 10m population).
  • R&D expenditure in public sector.
  • Innovative SMEs collaborating with others.
  • PCT patent and trademark applications.
  • New doctorate graduates.

Investors, look to Greater Copenhagen 

“The European Innovation Scoreboard confirms that Greater Copenhagen is an outstanding innovation hub. We have a highly educated work force, the SMEs are very innovative and successfully bring ideas to market, and the public-private collaboration in research and development is almost second to none. International investors have great opportunities for finding their next money spinner here, and we are ready to help”, says Claus Lønborg, CEO Copenhagen Capacity.

Read more about Greater Copenhagen’s tech startup scene

How can we help you company?

If you want to know more about investing or starting up business in Greater Copenhagen, please contact:

Director for Investment Promotion at Copenhagen Capacity, Marianna Lubanski, via email: or mobile phone +45 30 46 36 40.

Managing Director at Invest in Skåne, Stefan Johansson, via email: or mobile phone: +46 768 87 07 25

Read more about the European Innovation Scoreboard 2017.