Finland: Ranked 8th in Global IQ in 2023

Finland held its position at 8th in both 2023 and 2024, with its IQ score slightly adjusting from 101.2 to 101.20, showcasing the country's consistent intellectual achievements and educational strengths on a global scale.

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Why Finland?

Genetic Factors: Recent scientific developments showed that genetics play the main role in the intelligence levels observed.1

Education: Success in Finland's educational system is strongly influenced by the high intelligence of its population, which is backed by the well respected recent peer reviewed publications.2

Economy: Finland's focus on technological innovation and digitalization, especially in the technology sector, is vital for its economic growth. The country faces a significant demand for skilled labor in technology industries to sustain the digi-green economic growth, highlighting the importance of high intelligence in the workforce.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. Technology Industries of Finland. (2021). Study: Finland’s technology industries will need 130,000 new experts within 10 years – The skills shortage in ageing Finland threatens to devastate digi-green economic growth. [Online] Available at: