Leading the world in technology advancement and innovation is one of the ways countries can measure its importance in the world on the economic and political stage. Not only do these merging technologies help improve the lives of the people within the country, but they can also help strengthen their defense against outside threats. But which countries lead the way when it comes to how strong their technology sector is?

Here are some of the countries that lead the world when it comes to technological advances and what they bring to the rest of the world.

1. Japan

It should come as no surprise that Japan tops the list of countries with the best technology sector in the world. They have long been innovators when it comes to things like automotive and digital technology. In fact, since World War II they have emerged as a leader in scientific and digital technologies.

Thanks to brands like Canon, Sony, Toyota, and Nintendo, on top of their high-speed trains and innovative bridge building, Japan sets the bar for other countries to follow.

2. USA

Thanks to its amazing advances in intelligence systems, The United States follows not too far behind Japan when it comes to technological contributions to the world. This may have something to do with things like GPS, Facebook, Apple, and Dell all being based out of the United States.

They are also pushing for a stronger and more co-operative technological relationship with Canada. Learn more about that here.

Plus, when it comes to space exploration, the US is constantly making strides to see more, learn more, and discover more about the universe we live in.

3. Germany

Germany may be famous for Volkswagen and Albert Einstien. However, their contributions to the technology sector have been much greater and in a number of different industries, namely medicine and infrastructure than just cool cars and E=Mc2.

Some of the areas they are leading in are things like medicine, both allopathy and homeopathy, infrastructure, X-ray technology, and engineering. Plus, the German model of academic and vocational education allows the country to produce a more skilled generation in every field.

4. South Korea

Thanks to companies like Samsung, LG, and Hyundai calling this South East Asian country home, South Korea can boast about being one of the leaders in mobile and automotive technologies in the world. However, those aren’t the only contributions it is making. South Korea has long been an innovator when it comes to the world of robotics as well. 

And considering the average internet speed throughout the country is 26.1 Mbit/s, which is nearly four times faster than the rest of the world, they are surfing the net more efficiently and with greater access to all sorts of information.

5. China

Thanks to its tax incentives and cheap labor, China finds a spot on this list thanks to its manufacturing power. Plus, since they have plenty of room to expand and build multiple manufacturing plants, it makes sense for companies who want to produce more and a cheaper cost would head to China. 

And it isn’t just tech companies like Apple and Google with plants on mainland China. Clothing giants like Adidas, Zara, and Forever21 all have plants there, as does the makeup powerhouse, NYX. So, while it may not be leading the way in technological breakthroughs, it is helping to supply the rest of the world with them.

6. India

Thanks to Bangalore becoming a sort of second Silicon Valley, India is becoming a second home to innovative tech companies like Facebook, Microsoft, and Apple, which just opened its first plant there. And thanks to its young, yet highly skilled workforce, it looks like this trend is going to continue for the foreseeable future.

Plus, over the last 10 years or so, India has become a leader in the world of eCommerce, app development, and business solutions. Not to mention they are a hot spot for outsourcing labor, especially in the IT sector.

7. Sweden

While many other countries floundered after the 2008 crash, Sweden wasn’t one of them. In fact, Sweden has seen some pretty significant economic growth in the last decade and that is in part because of not just brands like Ikea and H&M, but also because of technological giants like Erikkson and Spotify, as well at the world-famous automotive brand Volvo.

Plus, since Sweden’s government is investing heavily in start-ups, there are more tech start-ups per capita located in Stockholm than any other city in the world.

8. Finland

Another Baltic country that embraced technology to its advantage, Finland is home to mobile tech leaders Nokia. However, that isn’t the only way Finland is making its mark in the technology sector. Thanks to brands like Linux and Internet Relay Chat they are revolutionizing the way information is shared and stored.

Plus, like Germany, they are making huge strides in the medical field and biosciences. This has lead to Finland having the highest per capita income in the world.

9. Israel

With more notable Nobel Prize winners coming out of Israel in the last ten years than any other country, it is easy to see why they are on this list. However, that isn’t the only reason. They also have more tech companies listed on the NASDAQ than any other country in the world.

And when it comes to medical advances, they even beat Germany when it comes to technological advances, as both MRI and CAT scans were invented there, not to mention Ultrasounds.

Leading the World in the Technology Sector

These nine countries are leaders when it comes to advances not only what is available within the technology sector but also how it manufactured and used in everyday life.

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