Nordic ranks high in international research

According to the Research Barometer 2010 the Nordic countries rank top both in publication of articles and recognition of results. The Nordic Council of Ministers has also initiated measures to promote Nordic research in the EU context.
 Nordic ranks high in international research
The Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation published the report Research Barometer 2010 on 27 October. The report covers the OECD countries and others and includes, amongst other things, an overview of the scientific publications relative to population, and not least a list of citations per article published. Both parameters are used as an indication of the quality of the research in the individual countries.

In the rankings of the number of scientific publications accepted by recognised journals Sweden is in second place, Denmark in third place, Iceland fourth, and Finland and Norway fifth and sixth - the Nordic countries dominate the list‘s top ten. With regard to citations per article, which can be seen as an indication of recognition from other researchers, Iceland is in second place, Denmark again in third place, with Sweden in sixth, Finland and Norway eleventh and thirteenth.

The Nordic Council of Ministers recently held a large research seminar in Brussels, attended by most of the member states and the Commission. The Nordic institutions NordForsk and the Nordic Innovation Centre were also involved in the seminar, which is part of a concerted effort to identify common Nordic opportunities as a stakeholder in the European Research Area.


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