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Smartest Countries In The World

Determining which countries are the world’s smartest is challenging due to the large number of variables that might be evaluated.

  • Is the most intelligent country the one with the most educated citizens?
  • Perhaps the world’s brightest countries would be those with the highest average IQ score across the country?
  • Or is the most intelligent country the one with the biggest proportion of exceptionally intelligent people?
  • Could it even be the country with the most Nobel laureates?
  • Standardized test scores could also be used to determine which countries are the smartest—if only it were possible to develop and administer a single standardized test that accurately measured every aspect of intelligence in every person in every culture (and speaking every language) in every country.

Any attempt to come up with a single clear-and-simple answer is certain to fail. In spite of this, population and intelligence experts are coming up with new methods and approaches that get them ever closer to a realistic ranking of the world’s smartest countries.

  1. Richard Lynn, a British psychologist, conducts some of the most well-known and extensively reported studies on global intelligence. As part of a 2019 research project titled The Intelligence of Nations, Lynn and partner David Becker assessed the average IQ of inhabitants in 132 countries and computed predicted scores for the remaining 70. As you can see, the first on the list is (scroll to the table at the bottom of the page for the rest).

Top 10 Smartest Countries in the World According to IQ – Ulster Institute 2022:*

  1. Japan – 106.49
  2. Taiwan – 106.47
  3. Singapore – 105.89
  4. Hong Kong (China) – 105.37
  5. China – 104.10
  6. South Korea – 102.35
  7. Belarus – 101.60
  8. Finland – 101.20
  9. Liechtenstein – 101.07
  10. Netherlands & Germany (tie) – 100.74

It would be foolish to overlook the fact that Lynn’s studies, while possibly the most exhaustive accessible, frequently generate substantial dispute. Some critics object to Lynn’s methods for estimating when hard data is lacking. Others accuse Lynn, an avowed eugenicist, of utilizing his research to bolster scientifically incorrect hypotheses promoting white supremacist ideologies.

The Education-Intelligence Connection

Education and intelligence are inextricably related, as a more robust educational system over time tends to develop a more intellectual populace. With this in mind, some studies compare intellect using the educational rankings of other countries. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) issued its triennial PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) results in 2018, comparing the reading, mathematics, and science test scores of over 600,000 pupils in 79 nations. The top ten are listed below.

The OECD PISA 2018 rankings of the world’s top 10 most intelligent countries:

  1. China – 555, 591, 590
  2. Singapore – 549, 569, 551
  3. Macau (China) – 525, 558, 544
  4. Hong Kong (China) – 524, 551, 517
  5. Estonia – 523, 523, 530
  6. Canada – 520, 512, 518
  7. Finland – 520, 507, 522
  8. Ireland – 518, 500, 496
  9. Korea – 514, 526, 519
  10. Poland – 512, 516, 511

OECD data, including adult education level, ranked Canada as the most intellectual country in the world, according to another study. Second place went to Japan, while third place went to Israel. Korea, the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, and Finland round up the top five.

For example, the 2017 Intelligence Capital Index (ICI) used a variety of factors to determine not only which countries had the smartest citizens, but also which countries were most likely to use their citizens’ intelligence to “expand the frontier of knowledge and/or introduce the technologies of the knowledge economy… Big Data, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, etc..”

The United States was the only country to achieve an A+ ranking in the ICI survey. The United Kingdom came in second, with Germany coming in third. On the ICI’s list of the world’s most advanced economies are Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Canada, Finland, and Denmark.

This year’s top ten countries with the highest intelligence capital index-2017

  1. United States – 74.88 (A+)
  2. United Kingdom – 64.19 (A)
  3. Germany – 64.18 (A)
  4. Australia – 63.96 (A)
  5. Singapore – 63.60 (A)
  6. Sweden – 61.58 (A)
  7. Switzerland – 61.57 (A)
  8. Canada – 61.15 (A)
  9. Finland – 60.45 (A)
  10. Denmark – 60.25 (A)

List of top 10 countries in terms of average

IQs

  1. Japan (106.48)
  2. Taiwan (106.47)
  3. Singapore (105.89)
  4. Hong Kong (105.37)
  5. China (104.1)
  6. South Korea (102.35)
  7. Belarus (101.6)
  8. Finland (101.2)
  9. Liechtenstein (101.07)
  10. Germany (100.74)

Country

IQ 

2022 Population

Japan    106.48    125,584,838

Taiwan    106.47    23,888,595

Singapore    105.89    5,943,546

Hong Kong    105.37    7,604,299

China    104.1    1,448,471,400

South Korea    102.35    51,329,899

Belarus    101.6    9,432,800

Finland    101.2    5,554,960

Liechtenstein    101.07    38,387

Netherlands    100.74    17,211,447

Germany    100.74    83,883,596

Estonia    100.72    1,321,910

Luxembourg    99.87    642,371

Macau    99.82    667,490

Cambodia    99.75    17,168,639

Canada    99.52    38,388,419

Switzerland    99.24    8,773,637

Hungary    99.24    9,606,259

Australia    99.24    26,068,792

United Kingdom    99.12    68,497,907

Greenland    98.89    56,973

North Korea    98.82    25,990,679

Slovenia    98.6    2,078,034

New Zealand    98.57    4,898,203

Austria    98.38    9,066,710

Iceland    98.26    345,393

Denmark    97.83    5,834,950

Belgium    97.49    11,668,278

United States    97.43    334,805,269

Norway    97.13    5,511,370

Sweden    97    10,218,971

France    96.69    65,584,518

Poland    96.35    37,739,785

Slovakia    96.32    5,460,193

Russia    96.29    145,805,947

Lithuania    95.89    2,661,708

Croatia    95.75    4,059,286

Andorra    95.2    77,463

Ireland    95.13    5,020,199

Czech Republic    94.92    10,736,784

Latvia    94.79    1,848,837

Italy    94.23    60,262,770

New Caledonia    93.92    290,915

Vanuatu    93.92    321,832

Spain    93.9    46,719,142

Bermuda    93.48    61,939

Cyprus    93.39    1,223,387

Portugal    92.77    10,140,570

Israel    92.43    8,922,892

Barbados    91.6    288,023

Malta    91.27    444,033

Myanmar    91.18    55,227,143

Mongolia    91.03    3,378,078

Bulgaria    90.99    6,844,597

Greece    90.77    10,316,637

Suriname    90.29    596,831

Ukraine    90.07    43,192,122

Moldova    89.98    4,013,171

Serbia    89.6    8,653,016

Vietnam    89.53    98,953,541

Iraq    89.28    42,164,965

Uzbekistan    89.01    34,382,084

Kazakhstan    88.89    19,205,043

Thailand    88.87    70,078,203

Armenia    88.82    2,971,966

Bosnia And Herzegovina    88.54    3,249,317

Costa Rica    88.34    5,182,354

Bhutan    87.94    787,941

Chile    87.89    19,250,195

Mexico    87.73    131,562,772

Tajikistan    87.71    9,957,464

Uruguay    87.59    3,496,016

Brunei    87.58    445,431

Malaysia    87.58    33,181,072

Bahamas    86.99    400,516

Romania    86.88    19,031,335

Turkey    86.8    85,561,976

Argentina    86.63    46,010,234

Sri Lanka    86.62    21,575,842

Mauritius    86.56    1,274,727

Turkmenistan    85.86    6,201,943

Montenegro    85.78    627,950

Trinidad And Tobago    85.63    1,406,585

Azerbaijan    84.81    10,300,205

Georgia    84.5    3,968,738

Turks And Caicos Islands    84.29    39,741

Paraguay    84.04    7,305,843

Cook Islands    83.96    17,571

Marshall Islands    83.96    60,057

Tonga    83.96    107,749

Micronesia    83.96    117,489

Kiribati    83.96    123,419

Samoa    83.96    202,239

Solomon Islands    83.96    721,159

Fiji    83.96    909,466

Cuba    83.9    11,305,652

Bahrain    83.6    1,783,983

Brazil    83.38    215,353,593

Guyana    83.23    794,045

Colombia    83.13    51,512,762

Venezuela    82.99    29,266,991

Cayman Islands    82.24    67,277

Afghanistan    82.12    40,754,388

Haiti    82.1    11,680,283

United Arab Emirates    82.05    10,081,785

Dominican Republic    82.05    11,056,370

Puerto Rico    81.99    2,829,812

North Macedonia    81.91    2,081,304

Albania    81.75    2,866,374

Lebanon    81.7    6,684,849

Philippines    81.64    112,508,994

Peru    81.44    33,684,208

Northern Mariana Islands    81.36    58,269

Laos    80.99    7,481,023

Libya    80.92    7,040,745

Qatar    80.78    2,979,915

Jordan    80.7    10,300,869

Maldives    80.54    540,985

Iran    80.01    86,022,837

Pakistan    80    229,488,994

Grenada    79.34    113,475

Tunisia    79.22    12,046,656

Kyrgyzstan    79.09    6,728,271

Panama    79    4,446,964

Chad    78.87    17,413,580

Sudan    78.87    45,992,020

Seychelles    78.76    99,426

Oman    78.7    5,323,993

Kuwait    78.64    4,380,326

Timor Leste    78.49    1,369,429

Papua New Guinea    78.49    9,292,169

Indonesia    78.49    279,134,505

Ecuador    78.26    18,113,361

Palestine    77.69    5,345,541

Senegal    77.37    17,653,671

Comoros    77.07    907,419

Madagascar    76.79    29,178,077

British Virgin Islands    76.69    30,596

Bolivia    76.53    11,992,656

Uganda    76.42    48,432,863

Saudi Arabia    76.36    35,844,909

Egypt    76.32    106,156,692

India    76.24    1,406,631,776

Algeria    76    45,350,148

Kenya    75.2    56,215,221

Angola    75.1    35,027,343

Jamaica    75.08    2,985,094

Tanzania    74.95    63,298,550

Syria    74.41    19,364,809

Bangladesh    74.33    167,885,689

Zimbabwe    74.01    15,331,428

Burkina Faso    73.8    22,102,838

Saint Lucia    73.68    185,113

Mozambique    72.5    33,089,461

Burundi    72.09    12,624,840

Niger    70.82    26,083,660

Saint Kitts And Nevis    70.48    53,871

Antigua And Barbuda    70.48    99,509

Rwanda    69.95    13,600,464

Benin    69.71    12,784,726

Malawi    69.7    20,180,839

El Salvador    69.63    6,550,389

Botswana    69.45    2,441,162

Eswatini    68.87    1,184,817

Lesotho    68.87    2,175,699

South Africa    68.87    60,756,135

Eritrea    68.77    3,662,244

Zambia    68.43    19,470,234

Ethiopia    68.42    120,812,698

Djibouti    68.41    1,016,097

Cameroon    67.76    27,911,548

Nigeria    67.76    216,746,934

Somalia    67.67    16,841,795

Morocco    67.03    37,772,756

Namibia    66.19    2,633,874

Dominica    66.03    72,344

Sao Tome And Principe    65.22    227,679

DR Congo    64.92    95,240,792

Saint Vincent And the Grenadines    63.42    111,551

Gabon    62.97    2,331,533

Republic of the Congo    62.97    5,797,805

Yemen    62.86    31,154,867

Belize    62.55    412,190

Central African Republic    62.55    5,016,678

Honduras    62.16    10,221,247

Togo    59.83    8,680,837

Mauritania    59.76    4,901,981

Mali    59.76    21,473,764

South Sudan    58.61    11,618,511

Ivory Coast    58.16    27,742,298

Ghana    58.16    32,395,450

Guinea    53.48    13,865,691

Nicaragua    52.69    6,779,100

Gambia    52.68    2,558,482

Cape Verde    52.5    567,678

Guatemala    47.72    18,584,039

Liberia    45.07    5,305,117

Sierra Leone    45.07    8,306,436

Nepal    42.99    30,225,582

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