National Intangible Capital

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National intangible capital (NIC) performance for 59 countries 2014 as measured by the ELSS (Edvinsson-Lin-Ståhle-Ståhle) methodology for measuring stock of national intangible capital, economic impacts and efficiency of NIC: [1] Research is supported as an initiative by The New Club of Paris. [2]


Human capital: Capacity and capability of a country population
Market capital: Global business attractivity of country
Process capital: Operational functionality of the nation
Renewal capital: Capacity for knowledge creation, exploitation and innovation

In further sections national intangible capital NIC and the ELSS methodology is described in detail.

NIC performance 2014

RANKCountryNIC IndexGDP Impact %RANKEfficiencyRANK
1Flag of the United States.svg  USA 8.9873.8025.771
2Flag of Singapore.svg  Singapore 8.9353.23214.8313
3Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 8.5575.7415.732
4Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 8.3468.8244.7215
5Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 8.2463.2365.264
6Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 8.1869.4335.016
7Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg 7.9961.68124.949
8Flag of Canada.svg  Canada 7.8357.79174.5616
9Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 7.8244.29333.8334
10Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania 7.8056.57184.8412
11Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 7.7562.00114.5317
12Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 7.6652.58254.1326
13Flag of Israel.svg  Israel 7.6064.2755.016
14Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong 7.5862.7485.653
15Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 7.5761.36135.008
16Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland 7.4458.48164.2523
17Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom 7.3862.6994.7414
18Flag of Australia.svg  Australia 7.3859.05154.3420
19Flag of the Republic of China.svg  Taiwan 7.3660.80145.185
20Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 7.3563.2074.8610
21Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 7.3162.15104.8610
22Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 7.1353.03224.1127
23Flag of France.svg  France 7.1249.66273.8432
24Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland 6.9756.26194.1625
25Flag of Korea (1899).svg  Korea 6.9452.59244.2922
26Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 6.9150.41264.1029
27Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  UAE 6.7049.41284.5118
28Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia 6.1244.86323.3150
29Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 6.1143.19344.0231
30Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 5.9440.26413.2352
31Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 5.7554.31204.1824
32Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 5.5738.12463.3847
33Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 5.5445.84313.3946
34Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 5.5246.23303.8432
35Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 5.5238.22453.2153
36Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 5.4635.16533.8035
37Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia 5.4341.59363.6242
38Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 5.2936.67503.2054
39Flag of Peru.svg  Peru 5.2042.30354.4619
40Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 5.0848.54293.7738
41Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 4.9252.79234.3021
42Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 4.9036.77493.7936
43Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 4.7819.69592.2959
44Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 4.7440.44394.1127
45Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan 4.6838.29443.7837
46Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 4.6434.43543.5643
47Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 4.6137.51473.3449
48Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovak Republic 4.5940.53383.3548
49Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan 4.5840.36403.5444
50Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 4.5739.39433.6939
51Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 4.5032.07563.1456
52Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 4.4239.59423.5444
53Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 4.3841.33373.6541
54Flag of India.svg  India 4.3230.73582.9458
55Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 4.2536.62513.2451
56Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 4.1636.61523.6840
57Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines 4.1436.87484.0430
58Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia 3.7231.34573.0057
59Flag of Venezuela.svg  Venezuela 3.6832.55553.1655

(Source: bimac nic 2014 /

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  1. 1 2 ELSS methodology presented in detail in: Ståhle, P., Ståhle, S. and Lin, C.Y.Y. (2015) ‘Intangibles and national economic wealth – a new perspective on how they are linked’,Journal of Intellectual Capital, 16(1), pp. 20–57. doi : 10.1108/jic-02-2014-0017.
  2. The New Club of Paris
  3. Edvinsson, L. and Malone, M. (1997). Intellectual Capital: Realising Your Company's True Value by Finding its Hidden Brainpower. Harper Collins, New York.
  4. Lin, C.Y.Y. and Edvinsson, L. (2011). National intellectual capital: A comparison of 40 countries, NY: Springer Publishing Co. ISBN   978-1-4419-7376-4