New report ranks world’s most creative countries. How does Canada score?
If you’re one of those Canadians who hates the idea that Americans might be better than us at anything ever, the latest Global Creativity Index (GCI) from The Martin Prosperity Institute is really gonna grind your gears,
The GCI is “a broad-based measure for advanced economic growth and sustainable prosperity based on the 3Ts of economic development — talent, technology, and tolerance. It rates and ranks 139 nations worldwide on each of these dimensions and on our overall measure of creativity and prosperity.”
Australia is this year’s most creative country, followed by the United States and New Zealand. Canada comes in fourth place and Denmark and Finland are tied for fifth. Sweden, which took the top spot in the previous 2004 and 2011 editions, has fallen all the way down to seventh place. Iceland, Singapore, and the Netherlands round out the top ten in eighth, ninth, and tenth place, respectively.
We did get a consolation prize, though. Canada takes the top spot for tolerance, which is measured in “openness to ethnic and religious minorities and gay and lesbian people.” Iceland is second, New Zealand third, Australia fourth, and the United Kingdom fifth. The Netherlands, Uruguay, Ireland, Norway, and Sweden round out the top ten.
Just as an aside, I hate the word “tolerant” as it implies that by living alongside people of other ethnicities or LGBT people, we’re putting up with something that is actually distasteful or inconvenient – like mosquitoes or vegans – but that can’t be helped, I guess, since I’m not in charge of how the word is used.
Other points of interest:
• Luxembourg has the largest share of the creative class (54 percent) — which spans science and technology; arts and culture; and business, management, and the professions. Bermuda is second (48 percent), Singapore third (47 percent), Switzerland (47 percent) is fourth and Iceland (45 percent) is fifth.
• South Korea leads in technology, followed by Japan, Israel, the United States, and Finland.
• Australia leads in talent, followed by Iceland in second place, the United States and Finland tied for third, and Singapore in fifth.
According to the Martin Prosperity Institute, part of U of T’s Rotman School of Management:
- “Global creativity, as measured by the GCI, is closely connected to the economic development, competitiveness, and prosperity of nations. Countries that score highly on the GCI have higher levels of productivity (measured as economic output per person), competitiveness, entrepreneurship, and overall human development. Creativity is also closely connected to urbanization, with more urbanized nations scoring higher on the GCI.”
See the full report here, and here are the top 20 most creative countries: