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2021-12-26 21:09:27

The smartest country in the world: what is it?

The smartest country in the world: what is it?

In general, humanity is a rather intelligent and even intelligent community. In a relatively short time, we learned how to divide the atom, built spaceships, invented super-strong and superconducting materials, and also created a dog umbrella. In short, a lot of useful things were invented.

Most of these inventions and discoveries, which served as boosters in the development of human thought, are a project of collective effort and work, and not the result of the actions of lone geniuses, whether male or female. Such science is a thing of the past, and today too much depends on the national education system, the amount of funds allocated by the government and the quality of the scientific infrastructure.

Hence the natural question – which nation can be called the smartest? Whose people have contributed more to the development and improvement of our species? Of course, those who did the best in school and have the highest IQ.


Japan, the United States and China come to mind first of all: a rare discovery today is made outside these three states. It's actually a little more complicated than that. The Vouchercloud project conducted a small study and presented a rating of 25 countries of the world in terms of intelligence.

A number of indicators are used for quantification, including:

  • Number of Nobel Prize winners
  • Current average IQ
  • Level of education.

Two of the three ratings are headed by Singapore, but in the integral rating it is only on the 25th position.

The dominant positions are occupied by Asian and European states, and Japanoccupies the first line due to excellent performance; it has the fifth place in the level of education and the sixth in the Nobel, but a large gap in IQ allows it to maintain leadership.

The U.S. is in a convincing fourth place, although its ranking is largely based on Nobel advantage (368 prizes, which is twice as many as the second-placed United Kingdom),and in IQ rankings, the Yankees fell to 28th place with an average of 13th in the quality of school education.

In the top ten there are also such European states as Switzerland (2nd line), the Netherlands (5th), the Russian Federation (6th), Belgium (7th) and the above-mentioned Great Britain (eighth line).

The future belongs to Asia. On the 25th line is Singapore, although, in fairness, its place should be noticeably higher: with the 73rd line in the Nobels, it stubbornly climbed to the first place both in terms of IQ at the moment and in terms of the level of quality of secondary education.

European Prizes and Asian Intelligence

In general, the ratings for individual indicators differ markedly. If for Nobel the entire upper part of the table is mainly occupied by the United States and European countries (an exception is made for Japan and Canada,but in general it is still a Eurocentric premium), and Asians are still only gaining ground, then in terms of IQ the situation is exactly the opposite: the first European state - Finland - appears only on the 7th line. For the United States, there was no place in the TOP-25 in principle, and of the surprising – Mongolia is on a relatively high 12th place.

The rating of the quality of secondary education correlates with the IQ-top, and the upper drains are also occupied by Asia. However, on the sixth – Russia, there is no Great Britain, the Americans are entrenched in the middle of the list, on the 13th line. There are also truly amazing "laureates" – Kazakhstan is on the ninth position.

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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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