According to the latest UN report on innovation, Croatia has placed as the 41st on the list among 127 countries.
The UN's annual report for intellectual property for 2017 show that the fast-growing economies are progressing on the list, which is predominated by the rich Western countries headed by Switzerland.
In comparison to 2016, Croatia has scored better, last year the country placed as the 47th on the UN's list.
As far as countries in the region are concerned, Slovenia (32nd) and Hungary (39th) have ranked better than Croatia, whilst other countries placed worse such as Romania (42nd), Montenegro (48th), Macedonia (61st), Serbia (62nd), and Bosnia and Herzegovina (86th). Since 2011 Switzerland has been leading ''the first five'' team including Sweden, the Netherlands, the US, and the UK. The countries of UAE, Vietnam and Kuwait are among the countries that have made the biggest progress in comparison to 2016.
The Global Innovation Index provides detailed metrics about the innovation performance of 127 countries and economies around the world. Its 81 indicators explore a broad vision of innovation, including political environment, education, infrastructure and business sophistication.