>> With a value of 1.26 percent of Gdp in 2012, Italy is not far from the national 2020 target of 1.53 percent but still a long way off the common target of European countries of 3 percent in terms of spending on research and development (only achieved by Scandinavian countries). 

>> Italy presented the Epo (European patent office) with more than 2,600 patent applications. Despite rising since 2001, in 2010 the patent intensity indicator came to a standstill with 74.9 patents per million inhabitants, thus remaining one of the lowest in the Eu15.  

>> A high percentage of enterprises use fixed network broadband connections, reaching 93.1 percent in Italy among enterprises with at least 10 employees (2013),  a value higher than the Eu28 average (90 percent) but still far from the most virtuous countries.

>> R&D personnel in Italy (in full-time equivalent units) amounts to 4.0 per thousand inhabitants (2012). This value is under the European average (5.3) and shows considerable territorial variation.

>> In the 2010-2012 period, the number of innovative enterprises showed an increase in comparison to the previous three-year period (from 31.5 percent to 35.5 percent). On a European level, Italy was above the European average. Large industrial enterprises remained the sector where innovation was most markedly focused, with a value of 45.4 percent against 29.5 percent in the service sector and 20.3 percent in the construction sector.

>> In 2012 the number of S&T graduates was 13.2 per thousand inhabitants aged 20-29 years. This value has increased by 0.8 percentage points in comparison to 2010.

>> In Italy, 57.3 percent of individuals aged 6 and over access the Internet, but only 36.9 percent on a daily basis (2014). On an international level, the number of Internet users in Italy is considerably lower than the Eu28 average (72 percent).

>> In Italy, little more than six out of 10 households access the network from home using a broadband connection; on a territorial level the South and Islands area shows the most disadvantaged situation, particularly Basilicata(51.8 percent).