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Sweden gains, South Korea reigns as world's most innovative economies

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Bloomberg1/17/2017 4:47 PM GMT+08  • 4 min read
Sweden gains, South Korea reigns as world's most innovative economies
(Jan 17): There’s something about those Nordic countries.
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(Jan 17): There’s something about those Nordic countries.

In the battle of ideas, Sweden climbed to No. 2 and Finland cracked into the top five of the 2017 Bloomberg Innovation Index, which scores economies using factors including research and development spending and the concentration of high-tech public companies.

South Korea remained the big winner, topping the international charts in R&D intensity, value-added manufacturing and patent activity and with top-five rankings in high-tech density, higher education and researcher concentration. Scant progress in improving its productivity score — now No. 32 in the world — helps explain why South Korea’s lead narrowed in the past year.

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