Innovative nations – today and tomorrow

Which countries in the world are viewed as the most innovative?

As noted in an earlier post, AstraZeneca today released a survey of 6,000 people in six countries on global views on innovation. It found the United States held a narrow lead over Japan as the “most innovative country” in 2010 among those surveyed (click to enlarge):

There is interesting data underlying those numbers. For example, the United States was seen as the most innovative country by its own residents (35 percent), as well as those in China (46 percent), India (29 percent) and Japan (40 percent).

Conversely, Japan was seen as the most innovative by residents of Britain (39 percent) and Sweden (27 percent).

Looking forward, however, those surveyed believe American and Japanese dominance will soon wane. In fact, by 2020, they expect the United States and Japan to drop to third and fourth most innovative, respectively (click to enlarge):

Coming tomorrow: American views on innovation.

The full survey can be found here.

– By Tony Jewell