Top 10 African Countries With The Highest Average IQ, 2021

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Have you ever wondered how intelligent your country is compared to other African countries?

Well, wonder no more.

According to data gotten from Richard Lynn and Tatu Vanhanen, citizens of Sierra Leone have the highest IQ in Africa, making them the smartest in Africa, they are closely followed by Mauritius, Seychelles, Eritrea and Morocco.

Nigeria the giant of Africa was ranked the 6th Country in Africa with the highest average IQ.

Equitorial Guinea on the other hand was ranked as the Country with the lowest IQ in Africa

These numbers came from a work carried out from 2002 to 2006 by Richard Lynn, a British Professor of Psychology, and Tatu Vanhanen, a Finnish Professor of Political Science, who conducted IQ studies in more than 80 countries.

Top 10 African Countries With The Highest Average IQ, 2021

Richard and Tatu argues that differences in national income are correlated with differences in the average national intelligence quotient (IQ). They further argue that differences in average national IQs constitute one important factor, but not the only one, contributing to differences in national wealth and rates of economic growth.

Note: These result of the 10 African Countries With The Highest Average IQ is controversial and have caused much debate, they must be interpreted with extreme caution.

Top 10 African Countries With The Highest Average IQ

Smartest countries in Africa, 2021

Country Rank Average IQ
Sierra Leone 1 91
Mauritius 2 89
Seychelles 3 86
Eritrea 4 85
Morocco 5 84
Nigeria 5 84
Uganda 5 84
Algeria 6 83
Libya 6 83
Tunisia 6 83
Madagascar 7 82
Zimbabwe 7 82
Egypt 8 81
Kenya 9 80
Zambia 10 79

 

Top 10 Countries With The Highest Average IQ in the World

Asia and Europe dominate the list, with Hong kong taking the top spot. Singapore and Japan comes in an impressive second. Europe has over five nations in the top ten – Italy in fifth, Switzerland in sixth, Austria, Luxemborg, Norway, UK, Belgium and Netherlands in seventh, Belgium in eight and the finland in eighth. The list below proves that Asia truly is the future.

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Top 10 Countries With The Highest Average IQ

Country Rank Average IQ
Hong Kong 1 108
Singapore 2 108
South Korea 2 106
Japan 3 105
China 3 105
Taiwan 4 104
Italy 5 102
Iceland 6 101
Mongolia 6 101
Switzerland 6 101
Austria 7 100
Luxemborg 7 100
Netherlands 7 100
Norway 7 100
United Kingdom 7 100
Belgium 8 99
Canada 8 99
Estonia 8 99
Finland 8 99
Germany 8 99
Poland 8 99
Sweden 8 99
Andorra 9 98
Austria 9 98
Czech 9 98
Denmark 9 98
France 9 98
Uruguay 9 98
Latvia 9 98
Spain 9 98
United States 9 98
Belarus 10 97

 

Methodology & Conclusion

Richard Lynn and Tatu Vanhanen created estimates of average IQs for 113 nations. They estimated IQs of 79 other nations based on neighboring nations or by other methods. They also created an estimate of “quality of human conditions” for each nation based on gross national product per capita, adult literacy rate, fraction of the population to enroll in secondary education, life expectancy, and rate of democratization. After finding a substantial correlation between the national IQ scores they created and these various socioeconomic factors. Their concluded that national IQ influences these measures of well-being, and that national differences in IQ are heavily influenced by genetics, although they also allow for some environmental contributions to it. They regard nutrition as the most important environmental factor, and education a secondary factor.

Sources:
IQ and the Wealth of Nations (2006)
IQ and Global Inequality (2002)
Studies of national cognitive ability (Wikiwand)

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