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Switzerland tops innovation league table

Switzerland continues to be the most innovative country in the world, according to a report funded by several German science organisations.

The country came first in a ranking of the innovation capacity of 35 countries worldwide, calculated according to innovation spending, international students, university collaboration and research policy. Switzerland scored 76 out of 100 possible points, followed by Singapore with 65 points and Finland with 60.

The authors praised Switzerland’s high industrial research spending and its long-term success in providing students with with research and industry placements. Singapore and Finland, however, were criticised for worsening conditions for innovation, although Finland won praise for its handling of the decline of mobile phone manufacturer Nokia.

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