Germany: A Comparative View on Intelligence in 2023

Germany maintained its notable position in global intelligence rankings, holding steady in the top 10 across 2023 and 2024. The slight variation in its average IQ score from 100.7 to 100.74 indicates a stable intellectual performance on the global stage.

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Berlin, Germany

Why Germany?

Genetic Factors: Germany's long history and diverse genetic makeup contribute significantly to its cognitive abilities and talents. This heritage is integral in shaping the nation's intelligence profile.1

Education: Success in Germany's educational system is strongly influenced by the high intelligence of its populace, supported by its robust and efficient education structure. Such excellence attracted bright minds from around the world to study in Germany, including Robert Oppenheimer who received his PhD from the University of Göttingen.2

Economy: Germany's culture of innovation, combined with high intelligence, leads to the creation of better and higher-quality products, significantly contributing to the economy, especially in highly innovative regions like Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria.3

References

  1. Lamina, C., Steffens, M., Mueller, J., Lohmussaar, E., Meitinger, T., & Wichmann, H. E. (2005). Genetic diversity in German and European populations: looking for substructures and genetic patterns. Gesundheitswesen, 67 Suppl 1, S127-31. DOI: 10.1055/s-2005-858254. Available at PubMed.
  2. OECD. (2021). Education at a Glance 2021: OECD Indicators. Available at OECD iLibrary.; WENR. (2020). Education in Germany. Available at WENR.
  3. German Economic Institute (IW), "Innovation Atlas 2023: The innovative strength of the German regions." https://www.iwkoeln.de/en/studies/maike-haag-hanno-kempermann-enno-kohlisch-oliver-koppel-the-innovative-strength-of-the-german-regions.html.