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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