Smartest Countries 2020

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Determining which countries are the smartest 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.

Here are the 10 countries with the highest IQs:

  1. Hong Kong (108)
  2. Singapore (108)
  3. South Korea (106)
  4. China (105)
  5. Japan (105)
  6. Taiwan (104)
  7. Italy (102)
  8. Switzerland (101)
  9. Mongolia (101)
  10. Iceland (101)

Smartest Countries 2020

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Smartest Countries 2020

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
Iceland101341,243
Mongolia1013,278,290
Switzerland1018,654,622
Luxembourg100625,978
Norway1005,421,241
Austria1009,006,398
Netherlands10017,134,872
United Kingdom10067,886,011
Estonia991,326,535
Finland995,540,720
Sweden9910,099,265
Belgium9911,589,623
Canada9937,742,154
Poland9937,846,611
Germany9983,783,942
Andorra9877,265
Latvia981,886,198
Denmark985,792,202
Hungary989,660,351
Czech Republic9810,708,981
Australia9825,499,884
Spain9846,754,778
France9865,273,511
United States98331,002,651
Malta97441,543
Belarus979,449,323
Ukraine9743,733,762
Russia97145,934,462
Slovenia962,078,938
Uruguay963,473,730
Moldova964,033,963
Slovakia965,459,642
Israel958,655,535
Portugal9510,196,709
Armenia942,963,243
Georgia943,989,167
Kazakhstan9418,776,707
Romania9419,237,691
Vietnam9497,338,579
Bulgaria936,948,445
Argentina9345,195,774
Ireland924,937,786
Greece9210,423,054
Malaysia9232,365,999
Brunei91437,479
Cyprus911,207,359
Lithuania912,722,289
Sierra Leone917,976,983
Cambodia9116,718,965
Thailand9169,799,978
Albania902,877,797
Bosnia And Herzegovina903,280,819
Croatia904,105,267
Kyrgyzstan906,524,195
Chile9019,116,201
Turkey9084,339,067
Suriname89586,632
Mauritius891,271,768
Costa Rica895,094,118
Laos897,275,560
Serbia898,737,371
Samoa88198,414
Ecuador8817,643,054
Mexico88128,932,753
Nauru8710,824
Guyana87786,552
Turkmenistan876,031,200
Tajikistan879,537,645
Azerbaijan8710,139,177
Bolivia8711,673,021
Uzbekistan8733,469,203
Iraq8740,222,493
Myanmar8754,409,800
Indonesia87273,523,615
Seychelles8698,347
Tonga86105,695
Kuwait864,270,571
Philippines86109,581,078
Kiribati85119,449
Fiji85896,445
Trinidad And Tobago851,399,488
Eritrea853,546,421
Cuba8511,326,616
Yemen8529,825,964
Peru8532,971,854
Marshall Islands8459,190
Micronesia84115,023
Vanuatu84307,145
Bahamas84393,244
Belize84397,628
Solomon Islands84686,884
Panama844,314,767
Paraguay847,132,538
United Arab Emirates849,890,402
Jordan8410,203,134
Venezuela8428,435,940
Saudi Arabia8434,813,871
Morocco8436,910,560
Afghanistan8438,928,346
Uganda8445,741,007
Colombia8450,882,891
Iran8483,992,949
Nigeria84206,139,589
Pakistan84220,892,340
Bahrain831,701,575
Oman835,106,626
Libya836,871,292
Papua New Guinea838,947,024
Tunisia8311,818,619
Syria8317,500,658
Algeria8343,851,044
Lebanon826,825,445
Dominican Republic8210,847,910
Zimbabwe8214,862,924
Madagascar8227,691,018
Bangladesh82164,689,383
India821,380,004,385
Maldives81540,544
Nicaragua816,624,554
Honduras819,904,607
Egypt81102,334,404
Barbados80287,375
Bhutan80771,608
El Salvador806,486,205
Kenya8053,771,296
Guatemala7917,915,568
Zambia7918,383,955
Sri Lanka7921,413,249
Qatar782,881,053
Nepal7829,136,808
Dr Congo7889,561,403
Comoros77869,601
South Africa7759,308,690
Cape Verde76555,987
Mauritania764,649,658
Republic Of The Congo765,518,087
Senegal7616,743,927
Namibia742,540,905
Mali7420,250,833
Ghana7331,072,940
Tanzania7259,734,218
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines71110,940
Jamaica712,961,167
Central African Republic714,829,767
Sudan7143,849,260
Antigua And Barbuda7097,929
Botswana702,351,627
Togo708,278,724
Benin7012,123,200
Rwanda7012,952,218
Burundi6911,890,784
Malawi6919,129,952
Niger6924,206,644
Ivory Coast6926,378,274
Ethiopia69114,963,588
Djibouti68988,000
Swaziland681,160,164
Somalia6815,893,222
Chad6816,425,864
Burkina Faso6820,903,273
Angola6832,866,272
Saint Kitts And Nevis6753,199
Dominica6771,986
Sao Tome And Principe67219,159
Guinea Bissau671,968,001
Lesotho672,142,249
Liberia675,057,681
Haiti6711,402,528
Guinea6713,132,795
Gambia662,416,668
Gabon642,225,734
Cameroon6426,545,863
Mozambique6431,255,435
Saint Lucia62183,627
Equatorial Guinea591,402,985