The Innovation Union Scoreboard 2011 is prepared by the Maastricht Economic and Social Research and Training Centre on Innovation and Technology (MERIT), in collaboration with the European Commission's in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC). Highest ranked as "innovation leaders" is Sweden followed by Denmark, Germany and Finland.

Who are the innovation leaders in Europe?
The 2011 Innovation Union Scoreboard places Member States into the following four country groups:
• Innovation leaders: Sweden, Denmark, Germany and Finland.
• Innovation followers: Belgium, the UK, Netherlands, Austria, Luxembourg, Ireland, France, Slovenia, Cyprus and Estonia with a performance close to that of the EU27 average.
• Moderate innovators: Italy, Portugal, Czech Republic, Spain, Hungary, Greece, Malta, Slovakia and Poland perform below that of the EU27 average.
• Modest innovators: Romania, Lithuania, Bulgaria and Latvia are well below that of the EU27 average.

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