Norway falls one place on the UN organization WIPO’s annual ranking of the world’s most innovative countries. Norway is now down to 20th place.
Switzerland tops the list, with Sweden and the United States in the next places. With the exception of Iceland, Norway is far behind all its Nordic neighbors, as both Denmark and Finland are in the top 10.
The ranking is made using 80 different innovation indicators and a total of 131 countries have been assessed, the Norwegian Patent Office states.
The fact that Norway is completely down in 20th place is not surprising. This is the opinion of senior adviser Bjarne J. Kvam in the Danish Patent Office. This is due to the composition of different business areas in Norway – which differs from other European countries.
“Our high GDP and a large contribution from the oil and gas industries are factors that can be reflected in this index. Norway has fewer companies that contribute to the creative results side of the survey”, he says.
WIPO is the United Nations Intellectual Property Organization, also known as the International Copyright Organization.
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