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Economy > Technological achievement: Countries Compared

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Author: Ian Graham, Staff Editor

The Technology Achievement Index is calculated from indicators in four categories: creation of technology; diffusion of recent innovations; diffusion of old innovations; and human skills.

The indicators for creation of technology are patents granted per capita and royalty and license fees received from abroad per capita.

Diffusion of recent innovations is calculated from the number of Internet hosts per capita and the share of high- and medium-technology exports as a percentage of all exports.

Indicators for diffusion of old technology are telephones (land line and cellular) per capita and electricity consumption per capita.

Human skills are calculated based on the average number of years of schooling and the gross enrolment ratio at the tertiary level in science, mathematics and engineering.

DEFINITION: Technology Achievement Index
Units: Score.

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 Finland 0.74 2001
2 United States 0.73 2001
=3 Sweden 0.7 2001
=3 Japan 0.7 2001
5 South Korea 0.67 2001
6 Netherlands 0.63 2001
7 United Kingdom 0.61 2001
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 0.603 2001
=8 Australia 0.59 2001
=8 Canada 0.59 2001
=10 Germany 0.58 2001
=10 Norway 0.58 2001
12 Ireland 0.57 2001
High income OECD countries average (profile) 0.552 2001
=13 Belgium 0.55 2001
=13 New Zealand 0.55 2001
=15 Austria 0.54 2001
=15 France 0.54 2001
17 Israel 0.51 2001
18 Spain 0.48 2001
=19 Czech Republic 0.47 2001
=19 Italy 0.47 2001
=21 Hungary 0.46 2001
=21 Slovenia 0.46 2001
23 Slovakia 0.45 2001
24 Greece 0.44 2001
25 Portugal 0.42 2001
=26 Bulgaria 0.41 2001
=26 Poland 0.41 2001
28 Malaysia 0.4 2001
=29 Croatia 0.39 2001
=29 Mexico 0.39 2001
31 Romania 0.37 2001
=32 Costa Rica 0.36 2001
=32 Chile 0.36 2001
=34 Thailand 0.34 2001
=34 South Africa 0.34 2001
=34 Uruguay 0.34 2001
37 Trinidad and Tobago 0.33 2001
38 Panama 0.32 2001
39 Brazil 0.31 2001
=40 China 0.3 2001
=40 Philippines 0.3 2001
42 Bolivia 0.28 2001
=43 Peru 0.27 2001
=43 Colombia 0.27 2001
=45 Tunisia 0.26 2001
=45 Iran 0.26 2001
=45 Jamaica 0.26 2001
=48 Ecuador 0.25 2001
=48 El Salvador 0.25 2001
=48 Paraguay 0.25 2001
=51 Syria 0.24 2001
=51 Egypt 0.24 2001
=51 Dominica 0.24 2001
=54 Zimbabwe 0.22 2001
=54 Algeria 0.22 2001
=56 Honduras 0.21 2001
=56 Indonesia 0.21 2001
=58 Sri Lanka 0.2 2001
=58 India 0.2 2001
60 Nicaragua 0.19 2001
61 Pakistan 0.17 2001
62 Senegal 0.16 2001
63 Ghana 0.14 2001
64 Kenya 0.13 2001
=65 Nepal 0.08 2001
=65 Tanzania 0.08 2001
=67 Mozambique 0.07 2001
=67 Sudan 0.07 2001

Citation

"Countries Compared by Economy > Technological achievement. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", United Nations Development Program. Human Development Report 2001. New York: Oxford University Press,2001, Table A2.1. via ciesin.org. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Economy/Technological-achievement

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The Technology Achievement Index is calculated from indicators in four categories: creation of technology; diffusion of recent innovations; diffusion of old innovations; and human skills.

The indicators for creation of technology are patents granted per capita and royalty and license fees received from abroad per capita.

Diffusion of recent innovations is calculated from the number of Internet hosts per capita and the share of high- and medium-technology exports as a percentage of all exports.

Indicators for diffusion of old technology are telephones (land line and cellular) per capita and electricity consumption per capita.

Human skills are calculated based on the average number of years of schooling and the gross enrolment ratio at the tertiary level in science, mathematics and engineering.

Posted on 08 Mar 2005

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

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Finland also spends more on research and development than any other nation, and Sweden and the USA are in the top five in both graphs.">The Technology Achievement Index ranks countries in terms of their overall achievement in creating and using technology. As technology becomes more important in all areas of life it is only those countries which have a population that can use the technology efficiently and profitably that will prosper. Even aside from the increasing portion of the world's economy that is derived from creating and marketing technology if a country cannot adapt technology to its local needs it will fall further behind. As well as being at the top in this graph, the Government of Finland also spends more on research and development than any other nation, and Sweden and the USA are in the top five in both graphs.

Posted on 08 Mar 2005

James, Staff editor

James, Staff editor

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