We Greeks are often praised, in the well-known exaggeration that characterizes our people, that "we are the smartest people in the world".
This, however, does not seem to apply, as the World Smartest Countries 2021 tells us - this does not mean that this list is… a gospel we must follow and believe 100%.
According to a research report compiled by the British website Vouchercloud, then came a ranking of the smartest states in the world (the, anyway, of those states that have the smartest citizens). The final ranking of the list is based on three factors: the number of Nobel Prize-winning citizens of each country, the average IQ (IQ) population and the level of education offered by each state and reflected in the personal education of its citizens - and of course that it represents the intelligence of previous, of current and future generations of citizens of a country.
So the smartest citizens are in Japan, which ranks first on the list. Switzerland follows, China, the US and the Netherlands and Russia in sixth place.
Japan ranks sixth in terms of the number of Nobel laureates, sixth in IQ per capita and fifth in academic performance of primary school students - but it's the highest performance of any of the top five, that's why he was at the top.
China ranks third, mainly due to the high IQ of its citizens, with per IQ per 105,8 is second in the world, after Singapore having a per capita IQ 107,1.
As expected, Asia and Europe dominate the rankings. Among the top ten countries are five European countries is Switzerland (second), the Netherlands (Thursday), Russia (sixth place), Belgium (seventh place) and the United Kingdom (eighth place). Greece not only does not go beyond that 100 on average IQ, but we are in 47th place on the list with average IQ per capita 93.
The countries and regions with the highest academic performance scores for primary school students are in Asia and Singapore is still at the top.
The publication of the list left India complaining, because despite the fact that the country has many more Nobel laureates than China, however they are very low in IQ per capita and personal training. There are three Asian countries in the top ten, specifically Japan (1the), China (3the) and South Korea (10the).
The international (and especially the Asian media) However, they comment sharply that "it is normal 25 first places with Nobel winners to be dominated by citizens of the West, because the institution itself is a Western invention ". They comment that "the future development trend of a country's education is not so much determined by the Nobel Prize winners, as much as the other two indicators, average IQ per capita and personal school and academic performance ".
In fact, claim that "the irony is that the US in this ranking was based only on its huge achievements in winning the Nobel Prizes (368 Americans in general, three times more than the United Kingdom) to reach fourth place. instead, the US is very low on average IQ per capita (just 28th) and in the personal education index.
Recall that in a corresponding survey of 2018 on how the peoples of Europe are ranked according to their IQ, according to the British newspaper "The Times", people living in colder climates in northern Europe develop a higher degree of intelligence than those living in warmer climates.
According to the claims of the University of B.. Ireland, the average brain size of people in northern and central Europe is 1.320 cubic centimeters versus 1.312 cubic centimeters in the southeast.
Based on the findings of their research, the smartest Europeans are the Germans and the Dutch with an average IQ per capita 107, followed by Poland with 106, Sweden with 104, Italy with 102, Austria with 101, Switzerland with 101 and Britain with 100. Greece has, according to the same research, an average IQ per capita of its order 95.