10 Most Technologically Advanced Countries in the World in 2022

10. Denmark

Ranking according to World Digital Competitiveness Report: 1

Ranking based on the most innovative countries in the world: 10

Total number of patents granted in 2021: 6,935

Denmark topped the ranking according to the World Digital Competitiveness Report which has ensured it finds a place in the top 10 of the most technologically advanced countries in the world.

9. Germany

Ranking according to the World Digital Competitiveness Report: 19

Ranking based on the most innovative countries in the world: 8

Total number of patents granted in 2021: 97,314

Germany has made massive investments in technological research and development even as critics say that Europe’s largest economy needs to do more in this regard.

8. United Kingdom

Ranking according to the World Digital Competitiveness Report: 16

Ranking based on the most innovative countries in the world: 4

Total number of patents granted in 2021: 29,046

The UK’s tech sector raised the third most equity from venture capital funds after the US and China.

7. Taiwan

Ranking according to World Digital Competitiveness Report: 11

Ranking based on the most innovative countries in the world: 11

Total number of patents granted in 2021: 59,476

Taiwan has always been a strong force in innovation which has helped it strengthen its economy, with this high level of innovation driving investments from foreign companies.

6. China

Ranking according to World Digital Competitiveness Report: 17

Ranking based on the most innovative countries in the world: 11

Total number of patents granted in 2021: 639,309

China has made tech advancements a major part of its economy, aiming to become a global tech hub and the country now leads in many sectors including usage of renewable energy and 5G networks, although its technical prowess has made some Western nations nervous, particularly the US

5. Netherlands

Ranking according to World Digital Competitiveness Report: 6

Ranking based on the most innovative countries in the world: 5

Total number of patents granted in 2021: 20,936

One of the areas of focus for the Netherlands has been in electric charging points to ensure that people are easily able to transition to electric cars and hence, have a positive impact on society. Furthermore, in January 2022, the first commercial flight powered by synthetic fuel carried passengers from Amsterdam to Madrid.

4. Sweden

Ranking according to World Digital Competitiveness Report: 3

Ranking based on the most innovative countries in the world: 3

Total number of patents granted in 2021: 18,392

One of the most advanced digital economies in the European Union and one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world, Sweden has made strong advances in technological skills in the country.

3. Republic of Korea

Ranking according to World Digital Competitiveness Report: 8

Ranking based on the most innovative countries in the world: 6

Total number of patents granted in 2021: 158,495

South Korea has been one of the best stories for underdeveloped countries to take inspiration from, improving from being an underdeveloped economies in the 1960s to a major global powerhouse in the 21st century and home to a high level of innovation to continue driving growth.

2. Switzerland

Ranking according to World Digital Competitiveness Report: 5

Ranking based on the most innovative countries in the world: 1

Total number of patents granted in 2021: 26,756

Switzerland is heavily involved in various innovative tech industries, including digital personalized health, robotics, artificial intelligence, blockchain and advanced manufacturing. Switzerland is considered to be an attractive hub for blockchain companies while developments in the robotics industry will help improve the nation’s global competitiveness.

1. United States of America

Ranking according to World Digital Competitiveness Report: 2

Ranking based on the most innovative countries in the world: 1

Total number of patents granted in 2021: 2

It may be controversial but topping the list of the 25 most technologically advanced countries in the world is the United States of America. While there is no denying that the US is home to a host of issues, from mass shootings to vast inequality in the distribution of resources, the capitalist structure and lobbying in the country has allowed companies to seize initiatives and drive innovation.

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