Eurostat, the statistical service for the EU, recently reported that Iceland and Finland have the highest percentage of researchers and research and development personnel relative to employment in a study that included the EU nations and several other nations including Iceland, Norway, Turkey, Russia and Japan.
In 2003, 2.24% of all persons employed in Iceland worked as researchers. For the same time period, the percentage of R&D personnel at the EU – 25 level was 1.44% of total employment. Within the business sector in Iceland researchers accounted for 0.81% of the total employment in 2003. Within the business sector in the EU the average percentage of R&D personnel was 0.35%.
To read the Eurostat report click here.