Austria: Ranking 25th in Global Intelligence - 2023

Austria, ranked 25th in both 2023 and 2024, slightly adjusted its average IQ score from 98.4 to 98.38.

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Why Austria?

Genetic Factors: Studies indicate a significant role of genetic predispositions in shaping the intelligence levels within Austria.1

Education: The educational system in Austria, enriched by the population's high intellectual capabilities, plays a crucial role in the nation's intellectual achievements, as recent genetic research supports.2

Economy: Innovation and intellectual prowess are key drivers of Austria's economic strength. The nation excels in cutting-edge fields such as artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and quantum technology. These areas of cross-industry innovation are pivotal in shaping Austria’s future economy, highlighting the country's proficiency in both the development and application of advanced technologies, thus contributing to its economic expansion and global standing.3


  1. Plomin, R., von Stumm, S. The new genetics of intelligence. Nat Rev Genet 19, 148–159 (2018).
  2. Okbay, A., Wu, Y., Wang, N. et al. Polygenic prediction of educational attainment within and between families from genome-wide association analyses in 3 million individuals. Nat Genet 54, 437–449 (2022).
  3. Austria's advancements in AI, cybersecurity, and quantum technology. Invest in Austria.