Which country has the highest IQ in the world? Position of Greece, Russia and Ukraine


IQ is a tool for assessing a person’s intelligence, usually measured using standardized tests. In particular, according to the World Demographic Survey, the higher a person’s IQ, the more intelligent they are considered.

But which countries have the highest IQs?

IQ and education are two sides of the same coin
IQ scores generally reflect the quality of education and resources available to people in their local geographic area. Regions of the world with lower IQ scores tend to be poorer and less developed, especially in education, than countries with higher scores.

Global map of IQ. The countries with the highest rates are highlighted in bright red, the lowest in purple / worldpopulationreview.com


Many researchers also use IQ to determine the smartest countries in the world. In the IQ map below, each country is labeled according to how high the average IQ is. A darker purple hue indicates a lower IQ score. Conversely, countries with higher average IQs are shown in red-orange.

Countries with the highest average IQ
According to a 2019 study by scientists Richard Lynn and David Becker of the Ulster Institute, the Japanese have the highest average IQs, followed by citizens of Taiwan and Singapore.

The list of 10 leaders is presented below:

  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. The Netherlands and Germany – 100.74 each

As the data show, there is a wide range of average IQs around the world. Some researchers divide the countries of the world into rating categories based on average IQs.

The 10 countries with the lowest average IQs in the world:

  1. Ghana 58.16
  2. Ivory Coast 58.16
  3. Guinea 53.48
  4. Nicaragua 52.69
  5. Gambia 52.68
  6. Cape Verde 52.5
  7. Guatemala 47.72
  8. Sierra Leone 45.07
  9. Liberia 45.07
  10. Nepal 42.99

These data were obtained by starting with the national average on a standardized IQ test (the usual starting point) and then refining them with additional indicators such as national scores in math, reading, and science, also taking into account the overall quality of the data.

IQ is not the only way to measure intelligence

However, it is important to understand that IQ is not the only way to measure intelligence. In fact, there are many different ways to find the smartest countries in the world, and many of them have nothing to do with average IQ. For example, one can compare the results of each country’s academic tests, the likelihood of “expanding the frontiers of knowledge” and the introduction of new data processing technologies (intellectual capital index), or even the number of Nobel Prizes received by each country. In fact, you can even combine all three indicators.

Top 10 Smartest Countries in Reading, Math and Science Testing – OECD PISA 2018:

  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

Top 10 countries with the highest intellectual capital index – 2017:

  1. United States – 74.88 (A+)
  2. UK – 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)

Where is Greece located – rating of its neighbors

Our country does not rank high enough in the index table IQ, with an average of 90.77, ranking 55th. Slightly higher, in 47th place, is Cyprus, with an average IQ of 93.39. Italy is in 42nd place with 94.23, Bulgaria is in 54th place with 90.99, and below – Albania is in 109th place with 81.75, Turkey is in 77th place with 86.8 and Northern Macedonia is in 108th place with 81.91. Ukraine ranks 57th, Russia 35th, Moldova 57th, Georgia 85th.

Place Country IQ level Population 2022
one Japan 106.48 123 951 692
2 Taiwan 106.47 238 933 940
3 Singapore 105.89 5 975 689
four Hong Kong 105.37 74 888 650
5 China 104.1 1 425 887 337
6 South Korea 102.35 51 815 810
7 Belarus 101.6 9 534 954
eight Finland 101.2 5 540 745
9 Liechtenstein 101.07 39 327
ten Germany 100.74 83 369 843
eleven Netherlands 100.74 17 564 014
12 Estonia 100.72 1326062
13 Luxembourg 99.87 647 599
fourteen Macau 99.82 695168
fifteen Cambodia 99.75 16 767 842
16 Canada 99.52 38 454 327
17 Australia 99.24 26 177 413
eighteen Hungary 99.24 9 967 308
19 Switzerland 99.24 87 404 720
twenty United Kingdom 99.12 67 508 936
21 Greenland 98.89 56 466
22 North Korea 98.82 26 069 416
23 Slovenia 98.6 2 119 844
24 New Zealand 98.57 5 185 288
25 Austria 98.38 8 939 617
26 Iceland 98.26 372 899
27 Denmark 97.83 5 882 261
28 Belgium 97.49 11 655 930
29 United States 97.43 338 289 857
thirty Norway 97.13 5 434 319
31 Sweden 97 10 549 347
32 France 96.69 64 626 628
33 Poland 96.35 39 857 145
34 Slovakia 96.32 5 643 453
35 Russia 96.29 144 713 314
36 Lithuania 95.89 2 750 055
37 Croatia 95.75 4 030 358
38 Andorra 95.2 79 824
39 Ireland 95.13 5 023 109
40 Czech Republic 94.92 10 493 986
41 Latvia 94.79 1 850 651
42 Italy 94.23 59 037 474
43 Vanuatu 93.92 326 740
44 New Caledonia 93.92 289 950
45 Spain 93.9 475 586 300
46 Bermuda 93.48 64 184
47 Cyprus 93.39 1 251 488
48 Portugal 92.77 10 270 865
49 Israel 92.43 9 038 309
fifty Barbados 91.6 281 635
51 Malta 91.27 533 286
52 Myanmar 91.18 54 179 306
53 Mongolia 91.03 3 398 366
54 Bulgaria 90.99 6 781 953
55 Greece 90.77 10 384 971
56 Suriname 90.29 618 040
57 Ukraine 90.07 39 701 739
58 Moldova 89.98 3 272 996
59 Serbia 89.6 7 221 365
60 Vietnam 89.53 98 186 856
61 Iraq 89.28 44 496 122
62 Uzbekistan 89.01 34 627 652
63 Kazakhstan 88.89 19 397 998
64 Thailand 88.87 71 697 030
65 Armenia 88.82 2 780 469
66 Bosnia and Herzegovina 88.54 3 233 526
67 Costa Rica 88.34 5 180 829
68 Butane 87.94 782 455
69 Chile 87.89 19 603 733
70 Mexico 87.73 127 504 125
71 Tajikistan 87.71 9 952 787
72 Uruguay 87.59 3 422 794
73 Malaysia 87.58 33 938 221
74 Brunei 87.58 449 002
75 Bahamas 86.99 409 984
76 Romania 86.88 19 659 267
77 Turkey 86.8 85 341 241
78 Argentina 86.63 45 510318
79 Sri Lanka 86.62 21 832 143
80 Mauritius 86.56 1 299 469
81 Turkmenistan 85.86 6 430 770
82 Montenegro 85.78 627 082
83 Trinidad and Tobago 85.63 1 531 044
84 Azerbaijan 84.81 10 358 074
85 Georgia 84.5 3 744 385
86 Turks and Caicos Islands 84.29 45 703
87 Paraguay 84.04 6 780 744
88 Fiji 83.96 929 766
89 Solomon islands 83.96 724 273
90 Samoa 83.96 222 382
91 Kiribati 83.96 131 232
92 micronesia 83.96 114 164
93 Tonga 83.96 106 858
94 Marshall Islands 83.96 41 569
95 Cook Islands 83.96 17 011
96 Cuba 83.9 11 212 191
97 Bahrain 83.6 1 472 233
98 Brazil 83.38 215 313 ​​498
99 Guyana 83.23 808 726
100 Colombia 83.13 51 874 024
101 Venezuela 82.99 28 301 696
102 Cayman islands 82.24 68 706
103 Afghanistan 82.12 41 128 771
104 Haiti 82.1 11 584 996
105 Dominican Republic 82.05 11 228 821
106 United Arab Emirates 82.05 9 441 129
107 Puerto Rico 81.99 3 252 407
108 North Macedonia 81.91 2 093 599
109 Albania 81.75 2 842 321
110 Lebanon 81.7 5 489 739
111 Philippines 81.64 115 559 009
112 Peru 81.44 34 049 588
113 Northern Mariana Islands 81.36 49 551
114 Laos 80.99 7 529 475
115 Libya 80.92 6 812 341
116 Qatar 80.78 2 695 122
117 Jordan 80.7 11 285 869
118 Maldives 80.54 523 787
119 Iran 80.01 88 550 570
120 Pakistan 80 235 824 862
121 Grenada 79.34 125 438
122 Tunisia 79.22 12 356 117
123 Kyrgyzstan 79.09 6 630 623
124 Panama 79 4 408 581
125 Sudan 78.87 46 874 204
126 Chad 78.87 17 723 315
127 Seychelles 78.76 107 118
128 Oman 78.7 4 576 298
129 Kuwait 78.64 4 268 873
130 Indonesia 78.49 275 501 339
131 Papua New Guinea 78.49 10 142 619
132 Timor Leste 78.49 1 341 296
133 Ecuador 78.26 18001
134 Palestine 77.69 5 250 072
135 Senegal 77.37 17 316 449
136 Comoros 77.07 836 774
137 Madagascar 76.79 29 611 714
138 British Virgin Islands 76.69 31 305
139 Bolivia 76.53 12 224 110
140 Uganda 76.42 47 249 585
141 Saudi Arabia 76.36 36 408 820
142 Egypt 76.32 110 990 103
143 India 76.24 1 417 173 173
144 Algeria 76 44 903 225
145 Kenya 75.2 54 027 487
146 Angola 75.1 35 588 987
147 Jamaica 75.08 2 827 377
148 Tanzania 74.95 65 497 748
149 Syria 74.41 22 125 249
150 Bangladesh 74.33 171 186 372
151 Zimbabwe 74.01 16 320 537
152 Burkina Faso 73.8 22 673 762
153 Saint Lucia 73.68 179 857
154 Mozambique 72.5 32 969 518
155 Burundi 72.09 12 889 576
156 Niger 70.82 26 207 977
157 Antigua and Barbuda 70.48 93 763
158 Saint Kitts and Nevis 70.48 47 657
159 Rwanda 69.95 13 776 698
160 Benin 69.71 13 352 864
161 Malawi 69.7 20 405 317
162 El Salvador 69.63 6 336 392
163 Botswana 69.45 2 630 296
164 South Africa 68.87 59 893 885
165 Lesotho 68.87 2 305 825
166 Eswatini 68.87 1 201 670
167 Eritrea 68.77 3 684 032
168 Zambia 68.43 20 017 675
169 Ethiopia 68.42 123 379 924
170 Djibouti 68.41 1 120 849
171 Nigeria 677600 218 541 212
172 Cameroon 67.76 27 914 536
173 Somalia 67.67 17 597 511
174 Morocco 67.03 37 457 971
175 Namibia 66.19 2 567 012
176 Dominica 66.03 72 737
177 Sao Tome and Principe 65.22 227 380
178 DR Congo 64.92 99 010 212
179 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 63.42 103 948
180 Republic of the Congo 62.97 5 970 424
181 Gabon 62.97 2 388 992
182 Yemen 62.86 33 696 614
183 Central African Republic 62.55 5 579 144
184 Belize 62.55 405 272
185 Honduras 62.16 10 432 860
186 Go 59.83 8 848 699
187 Mali 59.76 22 593 590
188 Mauritania 59.76 4 736 139
189 south Sudan 58.61 10 913 164
190 Ghana 58.16 33 475 870
191 Ivory Coast 58.16 28 160 542
192 Guinea 53.48 13 859 341
193 Nicaragua 52.69 6 948 392
194 Gambia 52.68 2 705 992
195 Cape Verde 52.5 593 149
196 Guatemala 47.72 17 843 908
197 Sierra Leone 45.07 8 605 718
198 Liberia 45.07 5 302 681
199 Nepal 42.99 30 547 580



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