The 2021 edition of the Global Innovation Index (GII) presents the latest global innovation ranking of 132 economies, relying on 81 different indicators. While tracking the most recent global innovation trends in the new Global Innovation Tracker, this edition also focuses on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on innovation.

The GII's overall formula for measuring an economy's innovative capacity and output provides clarity for decision makers in government, business and elsewhere as they look forward to creating policies that enable their people to invent and create more efficiently.

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The GII Launch Event

Monday September 20, 2021

Global Innovation Index 2021 Event

Watch the launch speeches held by the President of Colombia, the Prime Minister of Cabo Verde, the Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, as well as by Ministers of China, the Republic of Korea, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

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Videos are available in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish.

Which are the most innovative economies in 2021?

The world’s most-innovative economy in 2021 is Switzerland followed by Sweden, the United States of America (U.S.), the United Kingdom (U.K.) and Republic of Korea, according to the GII 2021 rankings.

How does your location rank in terms of innovation?

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Ranking of the 10 most innovative economies in 2021

top 10 innovative economies in 2021

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Tracking Innovation through the COVID-19 Crisis

In spite of the human and economic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic, governments and enterprises in many parts of the world have increased their investments in innovation. Scientific output, expenditures in research and development (R&D), intellectual property filings and venture capital (VC) deals continued to grow in 2021, building on strong pre-crisis peak performance.

The Global Innovation Tracker is a new feature of the Global Innovation Index 2021 that captures key innovation trends. It uses a set of indicators identified in the three stages of the innovation journey:

"As the world looks to rebuild from the pandemic, we know that innovation is integral to overcoming the common challenges that we face and to constructing a better future. The Global Innovation Index is a unique tool to guide policy-makers and businesses in charting plans to ensure that we emerge stronger from the pandemic."
Daren Tang - Director General

Daren Tang
Director General,
World Intellectual Property Organization

Science and innovation investments

Science and innovations investments

Technological progress

Technological progress

Socioeconomic impact

Socioeconomic impact

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About the Global Innovation Index

Since its inception in 2007, the GII has shaped the innovation measurement agenda and become a cornerstone of economic policymaking, with an increasing number of governments systematically analyzing their annual GII results and designing policy responses to improve their performance.

Published anually, the core of the GII provides performance measures and ranks 132 economies on their innovation ecosystems. The Index is built on a rich dataset – the collection of 81 indicators from international public and private sources – going beyond the traditional measures of innovation since the definition of innovation has broadened.

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What is the Global Innovation Index?

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Video: The Global Innovation Index (GII) takes the pulse of the most recent global innovation trends.

Previous editions of the Global Innovation Index

Global Innovation Index 2020

2020 – Who Will Finance Innovation?

The GII 2020 shed light on the state of innovation financing by investigating the evolution of existing mechanisms and pointing to progress and remaining challenges.

Global Innovation Index 2019

2019 – The Future of Medical Innovation

The GII 2019 analyzed the medical innovation landscape of the next decade, looking at how technological and non-technological medical innovation will transform the delivery of healthcare worldwide.

Global Innovation Index 2018

2018 – Energizing the World with Innovation

The GII 2018 analysed the energy innovation landscape of the next decade and identifies possible breakthroughs in fields such as energy production, storage, distribution, and consumption.

Global Innovation Index 2017

2017 – Innovation Feeding the World

The GII 2017 reviewed the state of innovation in agriculture and food systems across sectors and geographies.