Index: Israel among Top 10 Most Innovative Countries
The annual Global Innovation Index, compiled by the World Intellectual Property Organization, Cornell University and INSEAD, has ranked Israel the tenth most innovative country in the world, ahead of other powerhouse nations like China, France and Canada. Switzerland was ranked first, followed by Sweden, the United States, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Regarding the rest of the Middle East, Cyprus was ranked 29, the United Arab Emirates 36, Turkey 49, Kuwait 60 and Iran 61. Among the other regional states on the list were Qatar (65), Saudi Arabia (68), Tunisia (70), Morocco (74), Bahrain (78) and Oman (80). Placed lower down the ladder were Jordan (86), Lebanon (88), Egypt (92) and, at the bottom of the survey of 129 countries, Yemen. Israel, dubbed the “Start-up Nation,” is a global leader in a multitude of industries ranging from hi-tech and agriculture to medicine and cybersecurity. Its GDP per capita recently surpassed that of Japan, which has the world’s third largest economy.