2018 CTA International Innovation Scorecard


In our inaugural International Innovation Scorecard, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ identifies the critical areas of national policy that spur innovation, and reveals the areas in which countries may be stunting their own growth and preventing global innovation from blossoming to its full potential.

The International Innovation Scorecard grades 38 countries and the European Union across 12 categories. As with our U.S. Innovation Scorecard — now in its fourth year of grading all 50 U.S. states — the International Innovation Scorecard gauges countries’ policies on a host of critical issues. You will find measures of whether or not governments are welcoming disruptive technologies, including the sharing economy and self-driving vehicles, how friendly their tax systems are, and how well they protect the environment, as well as issues of perennial importance such as broadband speed and cost.

We also evaluated countries from a uniquely American perspective in areas we believe have contributed immensely and remain essential to the United States’ global leadership in innovation: diversity, the ratio of female-to-male employees in the workplace in key age demographics, immigrants as a share of the national population, and freedom of thought and expression.

Explore the full results of the 2018 International Innovation Scorecard

The results?

The 2018 International Innovation Champions are: Finland, the United Kingdom, Australia, Sweden, the United States, Singapore, the Netherlands, Canada, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Austria, Denmark and New Zealand.

Also, across the countries we evaluated:

The most diverse countries are Australia, Canada, Singapore and Sweden

The countries with the most individual and political freedom in the world are Canada, Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Portugal

The countries that have, on average, the fastest and most affordable internet connections are the United Kingdom, Finland, South Korea, Sweden, Germany, Denmark, Austria and the Netherlands

Human Capital
The countries with the most educated workforces are Singapore, Israel, Japan, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden and New Zealand

Tax Friendliness
The countries with the most innovation-friendly tax systems are Singapore, China, Panama, Chile, Ireland and Canada

R&D Investment
The countries with the greatest amount of R&D spending as a percentage of GDP are Israel, South Korea, Japan, Sweden, Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, and the United States

Entrepreneurial Activity
The countries with the highest level of entrepreneurial activity are Australia, United Kingdom, New Zealand, the United States, Singapore, Ireland and Sweden

The countries best-enabling drone technologies to flourish are Australia, Finland, Portugal, Singapore and Sweden

The countries that allow ridesharing to operate most freely are Finland, Panama, Peru, Poland, Rwanda, South Africa and Mexico

Short-Term Rentals
The countries with the best federal frameworks for short-term home rentals are Chile, Denmark, Finland, Israel, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Portugal and South Africa

Self-Driving Vehicles
The countries leading the way in self-driving vehicle policy are Australia, Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States

The countries with cleanest water and air are Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States