10 Smartest Countries In The World

10 Smartest Countries In The World 10 SWITZERLAND In comparison to the global average IQ of 90, Swiss citizens by comparison have an average IQ of 101

Their higher intelligence may be a result of their famously unique education system, that specifically tailors programs according to a student’s needs and abilities This way of teaching clearly works well for the country, as the 2016 World Economic Forum rated Switzerland’s school system the second best in the world The country has also helped to pave the way for many notable Nobel Prize laureates including the world-famous physicist Albert Einstein, who developed his special relativity while working in Bern 9 SWEDEN Sweden excels in most socio-economic categories such as quality of life, health, education, civil liberties and economic competitiveness

So it’s no wonder this Scandinavian country ranks 9th among the most intelligent nations of the world In October 2015, The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, also known as the OECD, released its Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard report, which ranked Sweden 3rd, with 28% of its students graduating with a STEM degree Swedes are also very conscious of the environment In fact, they’re so good at recycling that, for several years, the country has imported rubbish from other countries to keep its recycling plants going 8

ITALY Italy has made an enormous contribution to the world in many different areas from science and technology to arts, so it comes as no surprise that this country is within the top 10 smartest in the world according to IQ research Education in Italy is free and mandatory from ages six to sixteen In 2012, the Italian secondary education was evaluated as slightly above the OECD average, with a strong and steady improvement in science and mathematics results since 2003 Intelligence is about more than just IQ though From the artwork and inventions designed by Leonardo da Vinci such as the helicopter, to the fashion houses of Milan, Italy’s cultural influence has always been profound

7 NETHERLANDS Reflecting its high quality of life and prosperity, Dutch children were found to be the happiest in the world in a 2013 Unicef study, leading the way globally in education and well-being Schools typically don't give much homework until secondary level and students report little pressure and stress The lack of stress makes education fun and therefore students are more likely to stay on to pursue further education The Programme for International Student Assessment ranks the education in the Netherlands as the 9th best in the world as of 2008, being significantly higher than the OECD average

The Netherlands has also provided other breakthroughs, including the invention of the microscope, thermometer and the submarine 6 GERMANY Home to more than 82 million people with an average IQ of 102, Germany is a highly developed country with an outstanding standard of living and a very efficient education system The concept of kindergarten, the transition before mandatory education, was introduced in Germany by Friedrich Froebel in 1840, providing educational environments for children at a very young age After completing primary education in four grades, German students are placed in one of three tracks based on academic performance: gymnasium for those headed to college, Realschule for white-collar careers and Hauptschule for trade professions

By placing children on designated career paths it helps them focus on their education Many German students then go onto one of the many prestigious, tuition-free universities And students overseas join them According to an OECD report in 2014, Germany is the world's third leading destination for international study 5

AUSTRIA In terms of both population and area, Austria is much smaller that its northern neighbors Germany, but in terms of living standards, prosperity, and education, it is very similar Austria has the second-highest number of working-age PhDs in the world, with 67 female and 91 male doctorate holders per 1,000 people The nation also has a rich tradition of being a continental cultural center

Vienna, the nation’s capital, became Europe’s center for classical music innovation Famous composers such as Franz Schubert and Johann Strauss were born in Vienna, and both Ludwig van Beethoven and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart spent much of their lives in the city 4 SINGAPORE The top four is dominated by Asian countries exclusively, with the fourth spot being claimed by Singapore A sovereign city-state, Singapore is known as one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world, with an average IQ of 103

According to the influential Programme for International Student Assessment rankings, Singapore has the highest achieving students in international education rankings, even above China and Japan, with its teenagers coming top in tests in maths, reading and science In 2015, over half of International Baccalaureate top scorers were from Singapore 3 TAIWAN Heavy investment and a cultural value for education has propelled this resource poor nation to consistently top the global education rankings In 2015, Taiwanese students achieved one of the world's best results in mathematics, science and literacy, just behind the leaders Singapore, as tested by Programme for International Student Assessment

The country has also been praised for its high further education entrance rate, where the university acceptance rate has increased from around 20 percent before the 1970s to 49 percent in 1996, and over 90 percent since 2006, among the highest in Asia 2 JAPAN In 2016, The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development tested literacy skills among graduates from all over the world and the high-flyers were not, as you’d probably guess, in the US or UK, but in Japan As the Japanese economy is largely scientific and technological based, the labor market demands people who have achieved some form of higher education About 75

9 percent of high school graduates attended a university, junior college, trade school, or other higher education institution This figure is nearly 10% higher than students in the US The two top-ranking universities in Japan are the University of Tokyo and Kyoto University, which jointly created 16 Nobel Prize laureates 1 SOUTH KOREA South Korea is known for its strict emphasis on education, so it’s no surprise to see it in the top spot

The country invested heavily in education during the second half of the 20th century, and in 2010, spent 76% of its GDP on all levels of education – significantly more than the OECD average of 63% This investment had a positive effect on the numbers of South Koreans going to university According to OECD figures, 69% of 25-34 year-olds in South Korea have a college degree and 32% of those students graduate with STEM degrees

Entrance into a top tier higher educational institution in South Korea leads to a prestigious, secure and well-paid white collar job with the government, banks, or a major South Korean conglomerate such as Samsung, Hyundai or LG Electronics So that’s 10 Smartest Countries In The World, is there any country we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments! If you enjoyed this video, check out 10 Lies You Were Taught About The UK

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