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12 Years of the World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Countries

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Tracking the top 10 most innovative countries since 2011

12 Years of the World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Countries

Every year, the UN’s World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) scores countries on how innovative their economies are with the Global Innovation Index.

The Index scores countries on indicators of a strong innovation economy. These include R&D spend, general market strength, patent systems and output, and local labor capital. And though a few countries consistently rank high, others are moving in and out of the top 10 rankings.

This graphic from Gilbert Fontana details the top 10 most innovative countries in the UN’s WIPO Global Innovation Index from 2011-2022.

Top 10 Innovative Countries (2011–2022)

Over the last 12 years, Switzerland has ranked at the top of the innovation index on the strength of its IP laws and local economic strength.

But much of the remaining top 10 have been in flux:

Most Innovative
Country Rank by Year
201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
Switzerland111111111111
Sweden222332232223
Singapore338776758887
Hong Kong48710n/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/a
Finland546465876779
Denmark67981086876910
U.S.7105654463332
Canada8n/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/a
Netherlands964549324565
UK1053223545444
Irelandn/a910n/a871010n/an/an/an/a
Luxembourgn/an/an/a99n/an/an/an/an/an/an/a
Germanyn/an/an/an/an/a109999108
Israeln/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/a10n/an/an/a
South Korean/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/a1056

In addition to Switzerland, seven other countries have been in the top 10 in each year, including Sweden, Singapore, and the United States.

Others have dropped out of the top 10, such as Canada in 2012 and Ireland in 2018. But that let up-and-comers like South Korea and Germany grab one of the top 10 spots. In total, 14 countries have ranked in the top 10 most innovative countries in the world over the time period covered in the visualization.

To learn more about the 2022 innovation rankings and how countries around the world ranked, check out The Most Innovative Countries in the World 2022.
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This article was published as a part of Visual Capitalist's Creator Program, which features data-driven visuals from some of our favorite Creators around the world.

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How Do Americans Watch TV in 2024?

While broadcast and cable remain the most popular form of watching TV, streaming services are at near-record levels of U.S. TV viewership.

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How Do Americans Watch TV in 2024?

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When Netflix launched its online streaming service in 2007, there were originally 1,000 titles available in its content library through the $5.99 monthly disc plan. That same year, the first iPhone hit the market, President George W. Bush was in office, and the subprime mortgage crisis was upending financial markets. A lot has changed since then.

After launching its own production company in 2011 and releasing “House of Cards”, Netflix played an even greater role in shaping how Americans view TV today.

This graphic breaks down U.S. TV viewing by platform, based on data from Nielsen.

U.S. TV Viewership by Platform

Below, we show the share of Americans that watch TV through each major platform category:

PlatformShare of Viewing
April 2024
Streaming38.4%
Broadcast22.2%
Cable29.1%
Other10.4%

Other includes TV usage with other tuning sources, unmeasured video on demand, audio streaming, gaming, and other device (like DVD playback) use.

Today, broadcast and cable still account for the majority of TV viewership, making up more than half of total usage as of April 2024.

However, streaming services are capturing a near-record share of total U.S. TV viewership, at 38.4% overall. For perspective, just 26% of Americans had a video-on-demand subscription in 2014 and 81% paid for traditional TV. Now, 83% of households pay for streaming services.

The Top Streaming Service Providers in 2024

Overall, YouTube makes up the highest share of online streaming, with 238 million users in America, comprising a 9.6% share of total TV viewership as of April 2024.

PlatformShare of Viewing
April 2024
YouTube9.6%
Netflix7.6%
Prime Video3.2%
Hulu3.1%
Disney+1.8%
Other Streaming13.1%

Falling next in line is Netflix, with 174 million viewers in the U.S. this year, and millennials making up the biggest share of its audience.

Beyond the American market, Netflix was the top streaming provider by number of subscribers in 78 countries worldwide in 2023.

With 3.2% of total TV usage, Amazon Prime Video ranks in third. The platform has one of the highest share of subscribers watching ad-supported content, at 80% of viewers as of February 2024. By contrast, 7.5% of Netflix subscribers and 25% of Disney+ viewers watch ads.

YouTube is the only platform to surpass Amazon Prime Video in ad-supported content, which the company first began introducing in 2007.

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