Smartest Countries 2020

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 2020
Singapore1085,850,342
Hong Kong1087,496,981
South Korea10651,269,185
Japan105126,476,461
China1051,439,323,776
Taiwan10423,816,775
Italy10260,461,826
Switzerland1018,654,622
Mongolia1013,278,290
Iceland101341,243
United Kingdom10067,886,011
Norway1005,421,241
Netherlands10017,134,872
Luxembourg100625,978
Austria1009,006,398
Sweden9910,099,265
Poland9937,846,611
Belgium9911,589,623
Germany9983,783,942
Finland995,540,720
Estonia991,326,535
Canada9937,742,154
United States98331,002,651
Spain9846,754,778
Latvia981,886,198
Australia9825,499,884
Hungary989,660,351
France9865,273,511
Denmark985,792,202
Czech Republic9810,708,981
Andorra9877,265
Ukraine9743,733,762
Russia97145,934,462
Malta97441,543
Belarus979,449,323
Uruguay963,473,730
Slovenia962,078,938
Slovakia965,459,642
Moldova964,033,963
Portugal9510,196,709
Israel958,655,535
Vietnam9497,338,579
Romania9419,237,691
Armenia942,963,243
Kazakhstan9418,776,707
Georgia943,989,167
Argentina9345,195,774
Bulgaria936,948,445
Malaysia9232,365,999
Ireland924,937,786
Greece9210,423,054
Brunei91437,479
Thailand9169,799,978
Sierra Leone917,976,983
Lithuania912,722,289
Cyprus911,207,359
Cambodia9116,718,965
Albania902,877,797
Turkey9084,339,067
Bosnia And Herzegovina903,280,819
Kyrgyzstan906,524,195
Croatia904,105,267
Chile9019,116,201
Suriname89586,632
Serbia898,737,371
Mauritius891,271,768
Laos897,275,560
Costa Rica895,094,118
Samoa88198,414
Mexico88128,932,753
Ecuador8817,643,054
Uzbekistan8733,469,203
Turkmenistan876,031,200
Tajikistan879,537,645
Bolivia8711,673,021
Nauru8710,824
Iraq8740,222,493
Indonesia87273,523,615
Guyana87786,552
Azerbaijan8710,139,177
Myanmar8754,409,800
Tonga86105,695
Seychelles8698,347
Philippines86109,581,078
Kuwait864,270,571
Yemen8529,825,964
Trinidad And Tobago851,399,488
Peru8532,971,854
Kiribati85119,449
Fiji85896,445
Eritrea853,546,421
Cuba8511,326,616
Solomon Islands84686,884
Venezuela8428,435,940
Belize84397,628
Uganda8445,741,007
United Arab Emirates849,890,402
Saudi Arabia8434,813,871
Paraguay847,132,538
Panama844,314,767
Pakistan84220,892,340
Marshall Islands8459,190
Micronesia84115,023
Nigeria84206,139,589
Vanuatu84307,145
Morocco8436,910,560
Jordan8410,203,134
Afghanistan8438,928,346
Iran8483,992,949
Colombia8450,882,891
Tunisia8311,818,619
Syria8317,500,658
Papua New Guinea838,947,024
Oman835,106,626
Bahrain831,701,575
Libya836,871,292
Algeria8343,851,044
Zimbabwe8214,862,924
Bangladesh82164,689,383
Madagascar8227,691,018
Lebanon826,825,445
India821,380,004,385
Dominican Republic8210,847,910
Egypt81102,334,404
Nicaragua816,624,554
Maldives81540,544
Honduras819,904,607
Bhutan80771,608
Barbados80287,375
Kenya8053,771,296
El Salvador806,486,205
Zambia7918,383,955
Guatemala7917,915,568
Sri Lanka7921,413,249
Qatar782,881,053
Nepal7829,136,808
South Africa7759,308,690
Comoros77869,601
Senegal7616,743,927
Mauritania764,649,658
Cape Verde76555,987
Namibia742,540,905
Mali7420,250,833
Ghana7331,072,940
Tanzania7259,734,218
Sudan7143,849,260
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines71110,940
Jamaica712,961,167
Central African Republic714,829,767
Togo708,278,724
Botswana702,351,627
Rwanda7012,952,218
Antigua And Barbuda7097,929
Benin7012,123,200
Niger6924,206,644
Malawi6919,129,952
Ethiopia69114,963,588
Burundi6911,890,784
Burkina Faso6820,903,273
Somalia6815,893,222
Djibouti68988,000
Angola6832,866,272
Chad6816,425,864
Saint Kitts And Nevis6753,199
Guinea Bissau671,968,001
Liberia675,057,681
Lesotho672,142,249
Haiti6711,402,528
Guinea6713,132,795
Dominica6771,986
Mozambique6431,255,435
Gabon642,225,734
Cameroon6426,545,863
Saint Lucia62183,627
Equatorial Guinea591,402,985