The Green, Digital and Competitive SME Index

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 :

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 Sweden
73.56
3 1 10
2 Netherlands
69.97
6 2 1
3 Denmark
69.72
1 11 2
4 Finland
68.22
2 7 6
5 Ireland
64.06
4 14 5
6 Belgium
62.07
5 6 11
7 Malta
59.04
7 12 8
8 Austria
54.88
10 4 13
9 Luxembourg
53.89
20 3 9
10 Estonia
52.12
13 16 4
11 Slovenia
51.31
14 20 3
12 Germany
50.94
11 9 19
13 Spain
50.31
15 10 14
14 Lithuania
49.55
8 18 16
15 Portugal
48.89
16 21 7
EU
48.75
16 Hungary
46.34
19 13 17
17 France
46.22
17 8 24
18 Slovakia
45.75
25 5 20
19 Croatia
43.62
9 24 23
20 Czech Republic
41.75
12 23 25
21 Italy
41.38
21 17 21
22 Greece
41.22
22 22 15
23 Poland
40.57
24 19 22
24 Latvia
40.30
23 25 12
25 Cyprus
35.60
18 27 26
26 Bulgaria
31.28
27 26 18
27 Romania
29.54
26 15 27

In detail

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

PillarIndicatorATBEBGCYCZDEDKEEELESFIFRHRHUIEITLTLULVMTNLPLPTROSESISK
Digital TransitionSME Digitalisation
E-commerce
Digital Skills
Green TransitionNatural Resource Conservation
Emission Reduction
Green Output
SME CompetitivenessExports
Productivity
Growth