Global Innovation Index 2018

The 2018 edition of the GII reveals that China broke into the world’s top 20 most-innovative economies as Switzerland retained its number-one spot.

Rounding out the GII 2018 top five: the Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and Singapore. 

A group of middle and lower-income economies perform significantly better on innovation than their level of development would predict: Sub-Saharan Africa, for example, boasts six innovation over-achievers, including Kenya, Rwanda and South Africa.