Slush. Photo Mikael Ahlfors / Keksi agency.

Helsinki-Uusimaa tops EU regions in innovation

The Helsinki-Uusimaa Region tops the ranking of the European Commission’s 2019 Regional Innovation Scoreboard published 17 June 2019. The Regional Innovation Scoreboard is a regional extension of the European Innovation Scoreboard, assessing the innovation performance of European regions on a number of indicators. The rating of the Helsinki-Uusimaa Region in the scoreboard’s assessment was the region’s highest ever during the assessment history. The Helsinki-Uusimaa Region rose to first rank from fifth rank in the previous edition of the scoreboard.  

The European Commission’s Regional Innovation Scoreboard (RIS) is a comparative assessment conducted once in every two years. The RIS 2019 covers 238 regions across Europe, five of them Finnish: (1) Helsinki-Uusimaa, (2) Etelä-Suomi (Southern Finland), (3) Länsi-Suomi (Western Finland), (4) Pohjois- ja Itä-Suomi (Northern and Eastern Finland) and (5) Åland (Ahvenanmaa). 

Helsinki-Uusimaa is followed in the scoreboard by Stockholm, Sweden and Hovedstaden, Denmark (that is, the Copenhagen region). The overall most innovative region in Europe (EU and non-EU member countries) is Zürich, Switzerland.  

The RIS assesses regional innovation with 18 indicators. According to the scoreboard, the strengths of Helsinki-Uusimaa include a high number of trademark and patent applications in relation to Gross Domestic Product, the share of jobs in knowledge-based activities of all jobs, the number of citizens engaged in lifelong learning, the overall high education level of the population, and the innovation activities of SMEs. 

Finland was in second place in the European Innovation Scoreboard country ranking.