Top 10 Smartest Countries in 2017

One of the most popular ways to measure intelligence is by an IQ test. There are other ways to measure intelligence in a nation as well like school test scores in areas like science and math. Another way to look at the intelligence of a country is to examine a country’s contributions to the fields of math and science.

The country with the best education system in the world and the best school-aged test scores is said to be Finland. IQ is seemingly based on problem solving and quickness, which are not always things that can be taught. Education, on the other hand, can be more geared towards memorization and general knowledge, which isn’t as useful on an IQ test.

The US does not feature on this list, sitting in joint 19th place on 98 points (just below the median IQ score of 100). Canada fares worse, on 97 points, whilst the UK and China manage to score slightly better, at 100. No country scores especially highly; not a single nation ended up with an average score equal to the intellectually gifted level (IQ 130+).

India is at 25th Position with Average IQ Score of 82!

In this list, let us take a look at the top ten countries in terms of intelligence, ranked by IQ as well as other factors for 2017…

1] Hong Kong


Hong Kong’s students receive the second best math and science test scores compared to any other country and is said to have the second best education system after Finland. Many students in Hong Kong enrol in extra classes outside of school to round out their educations better and improve their future prospects. Their average IQ is 107.

2] South Korea


South Korea is the most “innovative” of all countries in the world. Their students have the third best test scores compared to any country, and they spend a lot of money on research and development projects. South Korea is said to have the fastest and most reliable internet in the world. Such high-speed internet is a sign of its commitment towards Science and Research and could be linked to their technological progress. As a result of difficult testing, long school hours, and competitive schools, South Korea is known for having a high suicide rate among students. The average IQ in South Korea is 106.

3] Japan


Japan is providing the best quality of education to its students. Japan is notorious for having a difficult childhood education philosophy, with students studying long hours to prepare for difficult exams. When it comes to scientific research, Japan has increasingly been one of the top countries in the world. The University of Tokyo makes lists of the best universities to attend in the world and is considered to be the best university in Asia. The literacy rate in Japan is ninety-nine percent, one of the highest in the world. The average IQ in Japan is 105.

4] Taiwan


Taiwan, is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. When it comes to the test scores of its students, it comes in forth, in a tie with Japan. Taiwan is world renowned for its advances in technology, as well as for its devotion to its public education system. Many people in Taiwan are bilingual. Because one of Taiwan’s biggest trading partners is the United States, many young people have studied to become fluent in English to give themselves increased career prospects. The average IQ in Taiwan is 104.

5] Singapore


Singapore is the little island city-state at the southern part of Malaysia. It is an important area for technology, as well as business and finance. Its students are always around the top in the world when it comes to performance in the fields of math and science. In fact, they currently are number one in the world when it comes to student test scores. Singapore’s great education system might come as a result of their powerhouse status when it comes to trade. Their super high GDP and ease of trade provide them with tonnes of money to fund education and social projects. The average IQ in Singapore is 103.

6] Netherlands


Netherlands has a very good education system for children, ranking ninth when it comes to the test scores of school-aged children in the fields of math and science. Twelve years of compulsory education has helped to lift Netherlands to the higher strata of countries rated by average IQ. Netherlands has an education system that has been ranked as the ninth best in the world by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The average IQ in Holland is 103.

7] Italy

The tradition of innovation in science and technology in Italy goes back to hundreds of years, of course. When we think of Italy, we are quickly lead to thoughts of the Roman Empire or the Italian Renaissance. A nation that produced some of the greatest sculptors, painters, writers, and poets like Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Dante Alighieri and Galileo Galilei. They’re carrying it today as well with an above average progress in the fields of math, science, physics, and other areas. The average IQ in Italy is around 102.

8] Germany


Germany has one of the highest GDP’s in the world, beating out European rivals France and the UK with an astonishing nominal GDP of $3.4 trillion. It has some of the oldest and most highly rated universities in the world. For example, Heidelberg University, which was established in the south-western city of Heidelberg in 1386, has been associated with 55 Nobel Prize winners. It has been ranked the 50th in the world by QS World University Rankings.

Germany historically has had a high percentage of great thinkers. When one thinks of the fields of philosophy, science, and arts. There have been many influential German minds. This is likely due to a very high amount of German citizens graduating with degrees in science, math, technology, and engineering. In fact, they have the third highest number of people graduating with STEM degrees, despite the fact that their population isn’t really that large compared with many other countries. Germany has the best GDP of any country, and also has some of the world’s oldest and most prestigious universities. The average IQ in Germany is 102.

9] Austria

Austria is a small landlocked nation that shares borders with countries like Germany, Switzerland and Italy. Education is free and compulsory for Austrian children for at least nine years, with many going on into higher education. Austria has the second highest percentage of people with PhDs who are in the workforce of any country. For every thousand people in the country, around seven females and nine males have a PhD. The average IQ in Austria is 102.

10] Sweden


The tenth country on this list Sweden, has a good education system, with most of the education costs covered by the government so that education is accessible to anyone with the mental aptitude. They come second in the world when it comes to computer usage at work. In Sweden, more than seventy-five percent of workers use computers at their jobs. They also have one of the highest populations of citizens with degrees in higher education in the world. The average IQ in Sweden is around 101!

Source: Statistics Brain Research Institute [Average IQ By Country] & Gazette Review




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