Belarus has been listed among the top 40 most creative countries in the world, occupying the highest position among the CIS countries. Belarus occupied 37th place in the annual ranking of Global Creativity Index 2015.
All in all, the study covers 139 countries. Russia was on the next line - 38th, with Latvia and Poland being lower.
The leaders of the Global Creativity Index 2015 are Australia, the US and New Zealand, who occupied the podium. The top ten also includes five Western European countries - Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Iceland and the Netherlands.
The study focuses on the so-called three T's: the main directions that are classified as "talent", "technology" and "tolerance".
According to experts, Belarus is ranked fairly high largely thanks to its residents. In the category of "Talent" the republic is in the top ten (8) next to Slovenia, Sweden and New Zealand.
The analysts did not have Belarus' data allowing to calculate the share of so-called "creative class" in the structure of the population (the respective column is blank in this year's ranking). Luxembourg and Singapore lead in this category. There, 54% and 47% of the population respectively are engaged in science and technology, arts and culture, business and management.
Other nations with a high share of creative class (over 44%) are Switzerland, Iceland, Sweden, the Netherlands, and the UK. Belarus' neighbors occupy the following positions: Ukraine 30%, Russia 39% and Lithuania 40%.
In terms of technology, Belarus is also among the top 50 (41st), which is quite a high figure for a small country.
The weakest spot is the third "T" - tolerance. Here, the experts assessed the degree of openness of the state to all kinds of innovations and new ideas. "Openness contributes to the fact that the country attracts creative people, highly qualified specialists from around the world who make a significant contribution to the economy, creating new businesses, start-ups and entering new markets. This is a big advantage," says one of the study co-author Richard Florida, director of Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. In terms of tolerance, Belarus is among in the 100, 97th.