Have you ever wondered which country has the highest average IQ? Many people have been asking this question and many studies have been conducted to try and answer it. One of the most recent and comprehensive IQ studies was conducted in 2016 by the Statistic Brain Research Institute. You won’t believe what they found. Curious to know if your country is among the smartest in the world? Check out the 25 countries with the highest average IQ.
Note: Rankings of the average IQ by countries are always controversial and should be interpreted with caution. Some rankings are shared by multiple countries with the same IQ score. They are separated according to the alphabetical order within that ranking. The following list is NOT a ranking of average IQ by race.
Denmark (average IQ: 98)
The Danes enjoy a high standard of living, lowest corruption in the world, great prosperity, and they are also very intelligent. Excellent, free education might be one of the reasons why the average IQ in Denmark is 98.
Australia (average IQ: 98)
Scoring another 98 is Australia, a country with the second-highest human development index in the world. The Australians are also proud of their education system and the literacy rate, estimated to be 99% in 2003.
Spain (average IQ: 99)
The largest country in Southern Europe, Spain has not been very impressive in some socio-economic areas (such as the unemployment rate) in recent years. Despite this, the average IQ in Spain is 99.
Poland (average IQ: 99)
It might be surprising for some to see Poland so high in the ranking, but if we consider how many prominent scientists, writers, philosophers, artists, and other distinguished personalities this country has given to the world, the result achieved by the Poles in the survey seems just right.
Hungary (average IQ: 99)
One of the smallest countries on the list, Hungary is home to less than 10 million people; what it lacks in size, it greatly makes up for in significant contribution to the world’s arts, music, literature, sports, science, and technology. Hungary is a very smart nation, and the Statistic Brain Research Institute IQ research confirmed that.