The 2022 edition of the Global Innovation Index (GII) tracks the most recent global innovation trends against the background of an ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, slowing productivity growth and other evolving challenges. It reveals the most innovative economies in the world, ranking the innovation performance of around 132 economies while highlighting innovation strengths and weaknesses.

This edition's thematic focus on the future of innovation-driven growth provides a stance on whether stagnation and low productivity growth are here to stay, or whether we are about to enter a new era, where new innovation spurts - the Digital Age and the Deep Science Innovation waves - bring about an economic uplift.

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Which are the most innovative economies in 2022?

Switzerland is the most innovative economy in the world in 2022 - for the 12th year in a row - followed by the United States, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. China is nearing the top 10 while Türkiye and India enter the top 40 for the first time, according to the GII 2022.

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Numbered list of the top 10 most innovative economies of 2022

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The biggest science and technology innovation clusters in the world in 2022

The Global Innovation Index 2022 announces the biggest science and technology (S&T) innovation clusters in the world with the highest density of inventors and scientific authors. S&T innovation clusters are often referred to as “science and technology hubs”.

In 2022, Tokyo–Yokohama is the top science and tech hub in the world, followed by Shenzhen–Hong Kong–Guangzhou (China and Hong Kong, China), Beijing (China), Seoul (Republic of Korea) and San Jose–San Francisco (United States).

Find out more what are the top 100 science and technology innovation clusters in 2022.

Global Innovation Index 2022: Top 10 Science and Technology Clusters

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Global Innovation Tracker

The Global Innovation Tracker measures the pace of technological progress and adoption, and captures key innovation trends within the four stages of the innovation journey.

According to this year’s Global Innovation Tracker, despite the economic downturn, investments in science and innovation have been remarkably resilient and technology adoption recorded positive growth rates across technologies. However, the socioeconomic impact of innovation is at a historic low, showing the detrimental effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Statistics showing the percentage of science and innovation investments

Science and innovations investments

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Technological progress

Statistics showing the adoption of technology in various fields

Technology adoption

Statistics showing the socioeconomic impact of innovations in 2022

Socioeconomic impact

Find out about the latest innovation trends unveiled by the Global Innovation Tracker.

What is the future of innovation–driven growth?

In the past, innovation used to be a key driver of economic growth, helping us to improve productivity. However, since the 1970s, technological advancements have not generated the type of sustained productivity growth that we experienced in previous industrial revolutions. Nevertheless, techno-optimists anticipate two major innovation waves that could spurt economic growth.

So, are we likely to live through a period of stagnation or will major innovations emerge that change all our lives for the better?

In this edition of the Global Innovation Index, experts reflect on whether with emerging technology and progress in science, we are to expect a period of productivity stagnation or if in the contrary, this will drive productivity.

Find out about what the future of innovation holds for the economy.

Graphic showing two future emerging innovation waves: the digital age wave and the deep science wave
Graphic showing two future emerging innovation waves: the digital age wave and the deep science wave

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About the Global Innovation Index

Moving into its 15th edition in 2022, the Global Innovation Index has been a leading reference for measuring an economy’s innovation performance. A large number of countries use the GII to assess and improve their innovation ecosystems and use the GII as a reference in economic plans and/or policies.

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What is the Global Innovation Index?

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Previous editions of the Global Innovation Index

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2021 - Tracking Innovation through the COVID-19 Crisis

The GII 2021 presented the most recent global innovation trends in the new Global Innovation Tracker. This edition also focused on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on innovation.

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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.

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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.

Tidal energy production as an abstract representation of the Global Innovation Index 2018

2018 – Energizing the World with Innovation

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