The Green, Digital and Competitive SME Index (beta)

Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) have never been more important. They count for 99% of European businesses and employ more than 100 million people. SMEs are essential to attaining the ambitious goals for growth, full employment and net-zero-carbon emissions in Europe.

To track progress, the Lisbon Council has developed a unique three pillar indicator: The Green, Digital and Competitive SME Index (beta):

Pillar I: How digital are a country’s SMEs? How much use are SMEs making use of cutting edge technologies to reach more customers and deliver more value?

Pillar II: How green? Europe won’t reach its ambitious climate targets without greening a sector that accounts for 53% of the economy. What’s more, customers are demanding it – and new regulations are requiring it. How well are a countries SMEs able to deliver?

Pillar III: How competitive? We measure this by looking at company growth and success in new markets – both within and outside of the European Union.

You can check the rankings, explore country profiles, and help us improve the indicators.

Rank Country Green Digital Competitive
Index
Digital Transition
Ranking
Green Transition
Ranking
SME Competitiveness
Ranking
1 Ireland
75.57
1 2 5
2 Sweden
67.78
6 3 6
3 Denmark
65.28
2 23 2
4 Finland
64.83
3 7 7
5 Netherlands
62.27
7 11 1
6 Luxembourg
60.92
17 4 3
7 Malta
60.87
4 9 8
8 Portugal
57.53
14 1 18
9 Spain
57.35
13 5 9
10 Belgium
57.00
5 15 10
11 Slovenia
51.18
20 13 4
12 Croatia
51.15
10 8 22
13 Austria
50.80
9 17 13
EU
48.65
14 Lithuania
48.18
8 21 20
15 Germany
46.25
12 22 16
16 France
45.47
16 14 19
17 Estonia
43.23
15 25 11
18 Poland
43.12
22 10 24
19 Latvia
42.73
25 19 12
20 Slovakia
42.64
21 18 17
21 Greece
42.34
26 12 15
22 Italy
42.27
23 20 14
23 Czechia
40.52
11 26 25
24 Hungary
39.94
19 24 21
25 Romania
38.67
24 6 27
26 Bulgaria
37.67
27 16 23
27 Cyprus
34.37
18 27 26

In detail

You can see the individual data points in the dashboard below.

PillarSubpillarATBEBGCYCZDEDKEEELESFIFRHRHUIEITLTLULVMTNLPLPTROSESISK
Digital TransitionSMEs Digitalisation
E-commerce
Digital Skills
Green TransitionRecycling and Reuse
Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Other Actions
SME CompetitivenessHigh-Growth Enterprises
SMEs Trade
Labour Productivity