Most of the European countries have regions at different levels of innovation performance. The Regional Innovation Scoreboard 2012 also shows how in almost all European countries capital regions are the national innovation leaders.
The Regional Innovation Scoreboard 2012 which provides a comparative assessment of how European regions perform with regard to innovation, was published by the European Commission. This Scoreboard is based on the methodology of the Innovation Union Scoreboard, and covers 190 regions across the European Union, Croatia, Norway and Switzerland.
The results show that there is considerable diversity in regional innovation performance not only across Europe but also within the Member States. The most pronounced examples are France and Portugal: in both countries the performance of regions (including overseas territories) ranges from innovation leaders to modest innovators.