Smartest Countries 2019

Determining which countries are the smallest in the world is difficult because there are so many different factors that can be considered. For example, would the smartest country be the one with the most literate citizens? Maybe the smartest countries in the world would be categorized by the average IQ score of their residents. Standardized test scores could be another factor used to determine which nations are the smartest.

As you can see, there won’t be one clear answer. However, studies have been performed and statistics have been gathered based on these different factors to compile lists of the world’s smartest cities. Although the order may be slightly different, most of the same countries are found on each, showing a connection. It only makes sense. After all, a country with a high literacy rate would outperform illiterate citizens on reading tests.

One study that has been used to measure the most intelligent nations is the Intelligence Capital Index, or ICI. This index uses a number of factors to determine which nations are most likely to come up with most advanced ideas of the future.

Based on this study, the United States is ranked number one and is the only nation to receive an A+ rating. Coming in second place is the United Kingdom, followed by Germany in third place.

Other high-ranking nations on the ICI include Australia, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Canada, Finland, and Denmark.

A study completed by British professor Richard Lynn between 2002 and 2006 measured the IQ of citizens across 80 nations. According to this study, Hong Kong and Singapore are tied for first place with an average national IQ of 108. South Korea trails just slightly behind with an average IQ of 106. Other nations that have the highest national IQs include Japan, China, Taiwan, and Italy.

Another study was performed by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The OECD used data including adult education level to determine the world’s smartest nations. Based on this data, Canada was listed as the most intelligent nation. Japan placed second, while Israel came in third. Additional high-ranking nations include Korea, the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, and Finland.

Flag Country IQ Population 2019
Singapore1085,804,337
Hong Kong1087,436,154
South Korea10651,225,308
Japan105126,860,301
China1051,433,783,686
Taiwan10423,773,876
Italy10260,550,075
Switzerland1018,591,365
Mongolia1013,225,167
Iceland101339,031
United Kingdom10067,530,172
Norway1005,378,857
Netherlands10017,097,130
Luxembourg100615,729
Austria1008,955,102
Sweden9910,036,379
Poland9937,887,768
Belgium9911,539,328
Germany9983,517,045
Finland995,532,156
Estonia991,325,648
Canada9937,411,047
United States98329,064,917
Spain9846,736,776
Latvia981,906,743
Australia9825,203,198
Hungary989,684,679
France9865,129,728
Denmark985,771,876
Czech Republic9810,689,209
Andorra9877,142
Ukraine9743,993,638
Russia97145,872,256
Malta97440,372
Belarus979,452,411
Uruguay963,461,734
Slovenia962,078,654
Slovakia965,457,013
Moldova964,043,263
Portugal9510,226,187
Israel958,519,377
Vietnam9496,462,106
Romania9419,364,557
Armenia942,957,731
Kazakhstan9418,551,427
Georgia943,996,765
Argentina9344,780,677
Bulgaria937,000,119
Malaysia9231,949,777
Ireland924,882,495
Greece9210,473,455
Brunei91433,285
Thailand9169,625,582
Sierra Leone917,813,215
Lithuania912,759,627
Cyprus911,198,575
Cambodia9116,486,542
Albania902,880,917
Turkey9083,429,615
Bosnia And Herzegovina903,301,000
Kyrgyzstan906,415,850
Croatia904,130,304
Chile9018,952,038
Suriname89581,372
Serbia898,772,235
Mauritius891,269,668
Laos897,169,455
Costa Rica895,047,561
Samoa88197,097
Mexico88127,575,529
Ecuador8817,373,662
Uzbekistan8732,981,716
Turkmenistan875,942,089
Tajikistan879,321,018
Bolivia8711,513,100
Nauru8710,756
Iraq8739,309,783
Indonesia87270,625,568
Guyana87782,766
Azerbaijan8710,047,718
Myanmar8754,045,420
Tonga86104,494
Seychelles8697,739
Philippines86108,116,615
Kuwait864,207,083
Yemen8529,161,922
Trinidad And Tobago851,394,973
Peru8532,510,453
Kiribati85117,606
Fiji85889,953
Eritrea853,497,117
Cuba8511,333,483
Solomon Islands84669,823
Venezuela8428,515,829
Belize84390,353
Uganda8444,269,594
United Arab Emirates849,770,529
Saudi Arabia8434,268,528
Paraguay847,044,636
Panama844,246,439
Pakistan84216,565,318
Marshall Islands8458,791
Micronesia84113,815
Nigeria84200,963,599
Vanuatu84299,882
Morocco8436,471,769
Jordan8410,101,694
Afghanistan8438,041,754
Iran8482,913,906
Colombia8450,339,443
Tunisia8311,694,719
Syria8317,070,135
Papua New Guinea838,776,109
Oman834,974,986
Bahrain831,641,172
Libya836,777,452
Algeria8343,053,054
Zimbabwe8214,645,468
Bangladesh82163,046,161
Madagascar8226,969,307
Lebanon826,855,713
India821,366,417,754
Dominican Republic8210,738,958
Egypt81100,388,073
Nicaragua816,545,502
Maldives81530,953
Honduras819,746,117
Bhutan80763,092
Barbados80287,025
Kenya8052,573,973
El Salvador806,453,553
Zambia7917,861,030
Guatemala7917,581,472
Sri Lanka7921,323,733
Qatar782,832,067
Nepal7828,608,710
South Africa7758,558,270
Comoros77850,886
Senegal7616,296,364
Mauritania764,525,696
Cape Verde76549,935
Namibia742,494,530
Mali7419,658,031
Ghana7330,417,856
Tanzania7258,005,463
Sudan7142,813,238
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines71110,589
Jamaica712,948,279
Central African Republic714,745,185
Togo708,082,366
Botswana702,303,697
Rwanda7012,626,950
Antigua And Barbuda7097,118
Benin7011,801,151
Niger6923,310,715
Malawi6918,628,747
Ethiopia69112,078,730
Burundi6911,530,580
Burkina Faso6820,321,378
Somalia6815,442,905
Djibouti68973,560
Angola6831,825,295
Chad6815,946,876
Saint Kitts And Nevis6752,823
Guinea Bissau671,920,922
Liberia674,937,374
Lesotho672,125,268
Haiti6711,263,077
Guinea6712,771,246
Dominica6771,808
Mozambique6430,366,036
Gabon642,172,579
Cameroon6425,876,380
Saint Lucia62182,790
Equatorial Guinea591,355,986