Romania ranks on the last place among the 28 European Union member states for the share of people employed in high technology manufacturing and knowledge-intensive services, Eurostat data show.

In 2017, only 28.2 percent of employees in Romania worked in high technology manufacturing and knowledge-intensive services sectors, compared with an EU average of 45.8 percent.

Romania ranks below Bulgaria (33.9 percent), Lithuania (36.5 percent), Poland (37.2 percent), Greece (37.5 percent), and Portugal (38.8 percent).

In the EU, the highest share of people employed in High-Tec manufacturing and services are in Sweden (57.8 percent), followed by the UK (52.7 percent) and Denmark (52.6 percent).

Romania has also the second lowest research and development expenditure in the EU, of 0.48 percent of GDP in 2016.

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