According to a study conducted by British Professor of Psychology Richard Lynn and Finnish Professor of Political Science Tatu Vanhanen, these are the average IQs of more than 80 nations. I am saddened but not at all surprised to find African countries at the bottom of the list, along with the Caribbean island nations. Even Latin America ranks higher.

I was shocked that Israel isn’t near the top of the list, but Italy of all countries, is up there with Asian nations (I would have thought the Swiss or Scandinavians would have been ranked higher than those wops, but they must be smarter than I originally thought). Many nations tied as did Hong Kong and Singapore for the top spot, which I would have figured would have gone to Japan or even China.

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The test they used to conduct the experiment (2002 – 2006) is really fair. It has no cultural bias, cannot be used by Race Card carriers to claim prejudice or bigotry exists within the questions of the test, and is valid for ages 6 through 96 or even older. It is based on the work of John C. Raven.

Here is the list taken directly from the website, rank first, country name second, and IQ third. Find your nation on this list and either rejoice or weep in despair. Better yet, take the IQ test yourself.

Rank Country IQ
1 Hong Kong Hong Kong 108
1 Singapore Singapore 108
2 South Korea South Korea 106
3 Japan Japan 105
3 China China 105
4 Taiwan Taiwan 104
5 Italy Italy 102
6 Iceland Iceland 101
6 Mongolia Mongolia 101
6 Switzerland Switzerland 101
7 Austria Austria 100
7 Luxembourg Luxembourg 100
7 Netherlands Netherlands 100
7 Norway Norway 100
7 United Kingdom United Kingdom 100
8 Belgium Belgium 99
8 Canada Canada 99
8 Estonia Estonia 99
8 Finland Finland 99
8 Germany Germany 99
8 Poland Poland 99
8 Sweden Sweden 99
9 Andorra Andorra 98
9 Australia Australia 98
9 Czech Republic Czech Republic 98
9 Denmark Denmark 98
9 France France 98
9 Hungary Hungary 98
9 Latvia Latvia 98
9 Spain Spain 98
9 United States United States 98
10 Belarus Belarus 97
10 Malta Malta 97
10 Russia Russia 97
10 Ukraine Ukraine 97
11 Moldova Moldova 96
11 Slovakia Slovakia 96
11 Slovenia Slovenia 96
11 Uruguay Uruguay 96
12 Israel Israel 95
12 Portugal Portugal 95
13 Armenia Armenia 94
13 Georgia Georgia 94
13 Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 94
13 Romania Romania 94
13 Vietnam Vietnam 94
14 Argentina Argentina 93
14 Bulgaria Bulgaria 93
15 Greece Greece 92
15 Ireland Ireland 92
15 Malaysia Malaysia 92
16 Brunei Brunei 91
16 Cambodia Cambodia 91
16 Cyprus Cyprus 91
16 Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 91
16 Lithuania Lithuania 91
16 Sierra Leone Sierra Leone 91
16 Thailand Thailand 91
17 Albania Albania 90
17 Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina 90
17 Chile Chile 90
17 Croatia Croatia 90
17 Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan 90
17 Turkey Turkey 90
18 Costa Rica Costa Rica 89
18 Laos Laos 89
18 Mauritius Mauritius 89
18 Serbia Serbia 89
18 Suriname Suriname 89
19 Ecuador Ecuador 88
19 Mexico Mexico 88
19 Samoa Samoa 88
20 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 87
20 Bolivia Bolivia 87
20 Nauru Nauru 87
20 Guyana Guyana 87
20 Indonesia Indonesia 87
20 Iraq Iraq 87
20 Myanmar Myanmar 87
20 Tajikistan Tajikistan 87
20 Turkmenistan Turkmenistan 87
20 Uzbekistan Uzbekistan 87
21 Kuwait Kuwait 86
21 Philippines Philippines 86
21 Seychelles Seychelles 86
21 Tonga Tonga 86
22 Cuba Cuba 85
22 Eritrea Eritrea 85
22 Fiji Fiji 85
22 Kiribati Kiribati 85
22 Peru Peru 85
22 Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago 85
22 Yemen Yemen 85
23 Afghanistan Afghanistan 84
23 The Bahamas The Bahamas 84
23 Belize Belize 84
23 Colombia Colombia 84
23 Iran Iran 84
23 Jordan Jordan 84
23 Marshall Islands Marshall Islands 84
23 Micronesia Micronesia 84
23 Morocco Morocco 84
23 Nigeria Nigeria 84
23 Pakistan Pakistan 84
23 Panama Panama 84
23 Paraguay Paraguay 84
23 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 84
23 Solomon Islands Solomon Islands 84
23 Uganda Uganda 84
23 United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates 84
23 Vanuatu Vanuatu 84
23 Venezuela Venezuela 84
24 Algeria Algeria 83
24 Bahrain Bahrain 83
24 Libya Libya 83
24 Oman Oman 83
24 Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea 83
24 Syria Syria 83
24 Tunisia Tunisia 83
25 Bangladesh Bangladesh 82
25 Dominican Republic Dominican Republic 82
25 India India 82
25 Lebanon Lebanon 82
25 Madagascar Madagascar 82
25 Zimbabwe Zimbabwe 82
26 Egypt Egypt 81
26 Honduras Honduras 81
26 Maldives Maldives 81
26 Nicaragua Nicaragua 81
27 Barbados Barbados 80
27 Bhutan Bhutan 80
27 El Salvador El Salvador 80
27 Kenya Kenya 80
28 Guatemala Guatemala 79
28 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 79
28 Zambia Zambia 79
29 Democratic Republic of the Congo Democratic Republic of the Congo 78
29 Nepal Nepal 78
29 Qatar Qatar 78
30 Comoros Comoros 77
30 South Africa South Africa 77
31 Cape Verde Cape Verde 76
31 Congo Congo 76
31 Mauritania Mauritania 76
31 Senegal Senegal 76
32 Mali Mali 74
32 Namibia Namibia 74
33 Ghana Ghana 73
34 Tanzania Tanzania 72
35 Central African Republic Central African Republic 71
35 Jamaica Jamaica 71
35 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 71
35 Sudan Sudan 71
36 Antigua and Barbuda Antigua and Barbuda 70
36 Benin Benin 70
36 Botswana Botswana 70
36 Rwanda Rwanda 70
36 Togo Togo 70
37 Burundi Burundi 69
37 Côte d'Ivoire Côte d’Ivoire 69
37 Ethiopia Ethiopia 69
37 Malawi Malawi 69
37 Niger Niger 69
38 Angola Angola 68
38 Burkina Faso Burkina Faso 68
38 Chad Chad 68
38 Djibouti Djibouti 68
38 Somalia Somalia 68
38 Swaziland Swaziland 68
39 Dominica Dominica 67
39 Guinea Guinea 67
39 Guinea-Bissau Guinea-Bissau 67
39 Haiti Haiti 67
39 Lesotho Lesotho 67
39 Liberia Liberia 67
39 Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Kitts and Nevis 67
39 São Tomé and Príncipe São Tomé and Príncipe 67
40 The Gambia The Gambia 66
41 Cameroon Cameroon 64
41 Gabon Gabon 64
41 Mozambique Mozambique 64
42 Saint Lucia Saint Lucia 62
43 Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea 59

According to a different site, with more recent results, here are the highest to lowest IQs by nation:

Average IQ by Country

Country/Region IQ (2003) IQ (2010)
Hong Kong 107 109
Singapore 105 109
North Korea 105 106
South Korea 106 106
Japan 105 106
People’ Republic of China 101 106
Taiwan 104 106
Italy 102 103
Mongolia 99 102
Iceland 98 102
Switzerland 101 102
Austria 102 100
Luxembourg 101 100
Netherlands 102 100
Norway 99 100
United Kingdom 100 100
Belgium 100 100
Canada 98 100
Estonia 98 99
Finland 97 99
Poland 99 99
Germany 102 98
New Zealand 100 98
Sweden 101 98
Andorra 97 98
Australia 98 98
Czech Republic 97 98
Denmark 98 98
France 98 98
Latvia 97 98
Spain 97 98
United States 98 98
Russia 97 98
Hungary 99 97
Belarus 96 97
Malta 96 97
Ukraine 96 97
Slovakia 96 96
Uruguay 96 96
Moldova 95 96
Israel 95 96
Armenia 94 95
Portugal 95 95
Georgia 94 95
Kazakhstan 93 95
Romania 94 94
Vietnam 96 94
Bulgaria 93 93
Argentina 95 93
Malaysia 92 92
Greece 92 92
Ireland 93 92
Cambodia 90 92
Brunei 92 91
Cyprus 92 91
Republic of Macedonia 93 91
Thailand 91 91
Lithuania 96 90
Albania 90 90
Bermuda N/A 90
Kyrgyzstan 88 90
Croatia 90 90
Bosnia and Herzegovina N/A 90
Mexico 88 90
Turkey 90 90
Chile 93 90
Laos 89 89
Mauritius 83 89
Costa Rica 90 89
Cook Island N/A 89
Ecuador 83 89
Suriname 89 89
Samoa 88 88
Bolivia 86 88
Guyana 84 88
Myanmar 87 88
Azerbaijan 87 87
Brazil 87 87
East Timor N/A 97
Iraq 87 87
Tajikistan 87 87
Turkmenistan 87 87
Uzbekistan 87 87
Indonesia 88 86
Kuwait 84 86
Philippines 86 86
Seychelles 83 86
Cuba 85 86
Tonga 86 85
Fiji 85 85
New Caledonia N/A 85
Kiribati 85 85
Trinidad and Tobago 82 85
Yemen 83 85
Belize 84 85
Peru 88 84
Iran 84 84
Marshall Islands 84 84
Pakistan 82 84
Panama 84 84
Paraguay 85 84
Colombia 87 84
Puerto Rico 84 84
Afghanistan 83 84
Federated States of Micronesia 84 84
Saudi Arabia 83 84
Solomon Island 84 84
The Bahamas 80
United Arab Emirates 83 84
Vanuatu 84 84
Morocco 84 83
Jordan 85 83
Venezuela 86 83

Don’t ask me why there’s a blank by the 2010 results for the Bahamas. I guess they did not participate for that year. I find IQ results by nation and even race very interesting and I’ll continue to research it and perhaps write a future post about it, either later this year or sometime in 2017.

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