So what's the answer? The usual suspects top the list (chart below), as evaluted
by their peer nations: The United States, Germany,
Japan, South Korea, Singapore, the U.K.,
Sweden and China are tops in order.
When evaluating themselves, Israel feels strongest about
how conducive its innovation environment is (97 percent), followed
by the U.S. (91 percent), Germany (87 percent), Sweden
and the Netherlands (both 82 percent). Surprisingly, of
the countries considered by their peers to be the most innovative,
Japan believes itself not so much: 39 percent.
Who's the worst? By far, Nigeria. Even it doesn't believe
in its innovation environment (12 percent).
Chart shows peer- and self-ranked innovation status
The top countries whose societies are most-supportive of
innovation and enjoy and "appetite for innovation" among younger
generations are Israel (94 percent), Ireland (92
percent), Canada (91 percent), Brazil (89
percent), and Vietnam (88 percent). Surprisingly the
least-supportive, by a wide margin, is Japan (24 percent),
40 percentage points below the next-worst Poland and Mexico.
Here's a link to the Global
Innovation Barometer. It's a fascinating, massive
amount of data. I'll post country-by-country take-outs in the
coming days and weeks as part of our coverage of this on Drive for Innovation.