Graphic: The World’s Most Innovative Countries

With the world’s economies still badly slumping, many people are looking for answers to jump start their once vibrant nations, and more importantly, put some more money in their wallets. One way to keep nations working is to continue coming up with new, world changing ideas. This graphic details the world’s most innovative countries, not relying only on how many patent filings take place per nation – a common assumption of how innovative a country is – but also takes into consideration the success of those patents, their global reach and influence on the world.

As the graphic notes, with such forward thinking companies as Boeing and Apple, the US tops the list handily… but not far behind are some proportionally tiny nations that make a huge impact. Noticeably absent from the list is China, which while still producing a large number of new ideas, does less than other nations to spread them to the world.

Produced in a collaboration between Good and Column Five.

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