When we reference Ireland here, it is important that we mention that both the UK Ireland and Republic of Ireland are separate. However, we felt it would be useful to combine both versions here. Both are tech-savvy, yet the Republic’s capital of Dublin is one of the most important tech cities in Europe. Several major companies have offices and develop tech there. That includes Microsoft, Intel, IBM, Twitter, Facebook, PayPal, Dell, and Hubspot. Plus, they embrace start-ups and have programs to help tech start-ups get off the ground. There are roughly 1,000 tech companies in Ireland right now from small start-ups to major global brands.
Major Tech Produced: MTM Communication, IoT, Renewable Energy Tech
If there is a nation to keep your eye on right now in the realm of tech, it is probably Italy. The country currently has 105,000 high-tech companies, among the most of any country on Earth. This alone qualifies for being considered one of the most technologically advanced countries. According to a 2019 report, Italy is above the European average in terms of production and the use of industrial robotics. Plus, they adopted 4.0 technologies like the cloud, machine-to-machine communication, and the Internet of Things (IoT). Not to mention being a world leader in renewable energy. Plus, several Italian companies are investing in tech research.
Major Tech Produced:Renewable Energy, Automotive, Aerospace
The French have been a major tech leader for years. This dates back centuries, if we’re being honest. However, they presently are doing very well when it comes to being considered a technologically advanced nation. The 2021 Global Innovation Index gave them a score of 55.0, which ranked them as the 11th best nation in terms of tech innovation. France has also been dabbling in the area of renewable energy for several years now. They heavily invested in renewable energy, especially nuclear as it makes up 70% of their power. However, hydroelectric power represents half of their renewable energy for daily electricity. This is expected to improve too.
Major Tech Produced:Renewable Energy, Health Technology, Water Treatment
Under the Roman Empire, this place was at the height of innovative technology for hundreds of years. Their aqueducts alone are revolutionary along with their water treatment in general. Today, 96% of all Spanish households have internet access. In their main cities, the public internet is completely free for everyone. While they are only ranked 30th in the recent Global Innovation Index report, they have shown to be innovative in rail, biotechnology, industrial machinery, and civil engineering. On top of that, they are a European leader in renewable energy. As of 2020, roughly 43% of their nation is powered by renewables.
Major Tech Produced:Information & Communication Technology
Some might feel it would be wrong to separate Taiwan from China, but they have operated away from Chinese influence for decades. The economy here is incredibly successful. In fact, they were ranked 8th out of 64 economies by the 2021 World Competitiveness Yearbook. Taiwan is a world leader in the world of information and communication technology. They produce ICT products in several areas too, including advanced microchips and semiconductor manufacturing clusters. Due to producing so many products in this territory, they have only become even bigger in ICT.
Major Tech Produced:Health Technology, Information Technology, Software
Australia is certainly one of the most technologically advanced countries on Earth. They are one of the world leaders in innovation, having invented several key things we use today. If you ever had an ultrasound, plastic glass lenses, electronic pacemaker, or multi-focal contacts… thank the Aussies. They were also key in developing antiviral medications, such as those we use for influenza. While they were recently ranked 20th out of 64 countries in the World Digital Competitiveness ranking, they are trying to improve this. They began this improvement by making sure their classrooms are among the most technologically advanced in the world!
India has become a tech juggernaut over the last few decades. They are one of the most notable nations for scientific research, with a specific focus on technological development and health sciences. While they have been ranking in the 40s in terms of international ranking for technology, they are still very impressive here. In fact, India has gotten into the aerospace industry in recent years and it has been growing at a fast rate. The country is expected to become one of the world’s biggest aerospace nations within the next few years too. Yet if there is anything to know about India, it is their impressive information technology
Major Tech Produced:3D Printing, Digital Security Tech, Smart Products
The United Arab Emirates is made up of seven emirates, consisting of Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm Al Quwain. Each is governed by its own Emir and together they form the Federal Supreme Council. Usually, the Emir of Abu Dhabi operates as President while the ruler of Dubai acts as Prime Minister. This should display why both cities are massive in terms of technological development. UAE is one of the most innovative tech nations in the world. In fact, they are known for their digital security tech as well as technology for Smart Homes and Smart Cities.
Major Tech Produced:Robotics, Digital Security, Software
The Kingdom of Denmark has been known for consistently ranking highly in citizen happiness and life expectancy. Tech might be a reason for this, as they are easily one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world. They have taken their tech innovation seriously for years. In fact, they were the first nation in the world to nominate a Tech Ambassador strictly to help bring tech business to the country. Back in 2019, the Global Innovation Index ranked them 10th, but in the 2021 report, they ranked 9th. In 2017, they reached the top spot in the EU’s Digital Economy and Society Index. Denmark still holds that top position as of the 2021 report.
Major Tech Produced: Biotech, AI, Smart City Products
Like with Taiwan, we are separating Hong Kong from its affiliation with China as it has operated successfully away from them. They have become a huge place for start-ups, as the economy is doing very well here. Life expectancy is incredibly high due to their impressive universal health system too. Of course, some start-ups have been successful. As a result, Hong Kong has produced several products in the realm of biotechnology, artificial intelligence, financial tech, as well as technology for smart city development. Plus, tech schools like HKUST are among the best tech universities in the world.
The Kingdom of Norway has become notable for its impressive take on the justice system, along with the incredible education quality they provide. Back in 2013, Norway was considered the most advanced nation in terms of digital media. Due to their high standard of living, Norway is quickly becoming an ideal place for start-up companies, especially those in tech fields. However, what makes them one of the most technologically advanced countries is likely their innovative wind turbine technology. Norweigan Firm Sway developed affordable turbines that can be placed offshore where a lot of wind is, thus increasing the power they provide.
Major Tech Produced:Robotics, Artificial Intelligence
Another nation with a terrific educational and criminal justice record, the Netherlands also happens to be quite advanced technologically. In fact, they are quite notable for being one of the most technologically advanced countries on the planet. The country invested heavily in tech very early on, especially when it comes to AI and robotics. Their digital connectivity is one of the best internationally, with 98% of all Dutch homes having access to broadband internet. Keep in mind that this is the same nation that invented the microscope, Bluetooth, and WiFi as we know it today!
The nation with likely the best education system on this list is also one of the most well-known tech giants internationally. In fact, tech overall is literally how Finland makes over half its revenue. Tech companies there operate in international markets, helping Finland export tons of technology per year. It is also important to note that Finland has the highest number of researchers and engineers per capita on the planet. On top of that, Finland uses a lot of renewable energy with up to 40% of all power being reliant on that now. Plus, they are leaders in biotechnology AND they are the home of companies like Nokia!
Major Tech Produced:Information & Communication Technology, Renewable Energy
The U.S. neighbor to the north has become one of the major technologically advanced countries in the last few decades along with America. They are constantly ranking highly in all major tech rankings. In fact, in the 2021 Global Innovation Index, they ranked 12th. Therefore, we know Canada is only producing more and more great technology. Their ICT Market is pretty huge too, with over 43,200 companies within that field. Most of this field is dedicated to software and computer services, and they have been crucial for the nation. Plus, they are the home to Suncor Energy and TC Energy, both valued at over $50 billion!
Major Tech Produced:Aerospace Technology, Health Technology, Biotechnology, Renewable Energy
Russia is one of the world leaders in scientific research and development. Of course, a lot of their technology comes in the form of weaponry. However, they are also a world leader in aerospace technology. Of course, Russia sent the first man into orbit and the notable Sputnick satellite too. While many assume Russia mostly uses oil and coal, they are also rich in renewables. They currently utilize wind, hydro, geothermal, biomass, and solar energy in the nation and produce products for others. This is not even referencing the brilliant Russian scientists!
Major Tech Produced:Disk-On-Key Technology, Information Technology, & Health Technology
Aided by the economic help from other nations, Israel has managed to develop key technology to help its Armed Forces. Thus, also allowing them to become one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world. Most of their tech development takes place in their military sector which allows them to spend 5.3% of their GDP on defense and get the scientific equipment they need for further research. The Bloomberg Innovation Index ranked them 7th in the world for 2021 while the Global Innovation Index for 2021 placed them at 15th.
Major Tech Produced:Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Health Technology
Switzerland’s decision to constantly stay neutral in world affairs has allowed them to make friends with everyone… for the most part. Thus, they have become a major trade partner for all of Europe and most of Asia. They are the home of Novartis, a major pharmaceutical company that makes things like Theraflu and Excedrin. The ABB Group is a huge automotive and engineering corporation, yet their impressive army knife and watches make them beloved worldwide. They’re also innovative in technology, proven by their rank of 10th in the 2021 Global Innovation Index.
Major Tech Produced:Video Games, Information Technology, Spotify
Sweden is one of the most technologically advanced countries on the planet, and many have known this for years. They still rank highly in the world when it comes to scientific research and development. The Swedish invented things like the three-phase motor, self-aligning ball bearing, and much more. Sweden has a highly skilled and educated workforce, which could be why they are one of the most innovative tech nations in the world. In fact, the 2021 Global Innovation Index ranked them 7th in the world. On top of that, Sweden is considered one of Europe’s most advanced digital economies according to the EU.
Major Tech Produced:Automotive, Telecommunications, Health Technology
The United Kingdom is hands down one of the most technologically advanced countries on the planet. The tech sector of the UK’s economy is growing faster than anything else. It was worth an estimated £170 billion ($213.8B) in 2016 and is now valued at £184 billion ($231.5B). In fact, London is the second-most connected place for tech on the planet, only behind Silicon Valley. Both the 2020 and 2021 Global Innovation Index ranked the UK 6th in the world in terms of innovative societies within the tech field. Plus, they are the home of major companies like AstraZeneca, Vodafone, and BAE Systems.
Major Tech Produced:Robotics, AI, Cybersecurity, Aerospace, Weaponry
Many lists include Hong Kong and Taiwan within the Chinese rankings, which pushes them up most lists. However, we chose not to and strictly decided to go off of the main sectors of China. They are one of the biggest economies on the planet, without any real debt to their name. Numerous tech companies have factories in China where their products are made. Outside of this, the nation has advanced massively. Such as in their development of 5G wireless technology. They have also made huge strides in AI, cybersecurity, financial tech, biotechnology, aerospace, robotics, and weapons enabled by autonomy.
Seeing little Singapore on this list might surprise many people. Yet they are easily one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world. They have a very innovative ecosystem, allowing them to attract start-ups. Their government is in major support of the tech territory and its development. This is also why Singapore is one of the most wired nations in the world, with one of the most advanced ICT Markets too. The people here are avid tech users that heavily use data. A 2020 report found that Singapore’s wireless broadband penetration rate was a massive 173.2% while mobile penetration was at 148.2% as well.
Major Tech Produced:Automotive, Health Technology, Information Technology
Germany is easily one of the most technologically advanced countries on the planet, with some of the most notable companies as well. They are of course the home of the Volkswagon and BMW automotive brands. The pharmaceutical company Bayer is based here as well. Yet Germany is likely most known for being the largest software market in Europe. They currently have around 94 IT companies that employ 1.03 million people as of 2021 reporting. On top of that, most know Germany for its work in physics and chemistry, which has pushed their innovation. The 2021 Global Innovation Index agrees as they ranked Germany 4th in the world in tech innovation.
Major Tech Produced:Digital Electronics, Automotive
South Korea is a massively successful nation in terms of technology. They are one of the global leaders when it comes to digital connection. South Korea has the third most broadband internet users and the world’s fastest internet speed. They are also a major electronics producer, that also makes a ton of semiconductor devices and mobile phones. Oh yeah, and they are the home of major technology brands like LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics, Hyundai, Kia, SK Hynix, Naver, and Celltrion. Plus, they are improving in the area of renewable resources too.
Major Tech Produced:Aerospace, Automotive, Health Technology, Software, Mobile Devices
What is there to say about the technology territory of the U.S. that people do not already know? It is obviously one of the most technologically advanced countries on the planet. The U.S. is currently the world’s largest producer of high-technology manufacturing at 31% of the global share. This involves a ton of things from aircraft and spacecraft to computers, pharmaceuticals, computers, and much more. The 2021 GII report even ranked them 2nd, showing their innovative prowess. Plus, the U.S. is home to companies like Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Google, Tesla, and Meta (Facebook). That is the world’s six most profitable tech companies too!
Major Tech Produced:Video Games, Automotive, Aerospace, Digital Media, Software
Japan is the Global Innovation Index’s top-ranked innovative nation for 2021. This is not a shock to anyone. Japan has been a massive leader in the technology sector for decades. They essentially invented the video game industry, yet the nation is also a world leader in artificial intelligence technology, robotics, automation, aerospace, and much more. Plus, they are the home of major companies like Toyota, Honda, Mitsubishi, Sony, Panasonic, Suzuki, Toshiba, Canon, BNE Entertainment, and Nintendo. They have been so far ahead on technology compared to the rest of us, that it is scary what they’ll come up with next.
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