Greenland: Ranked 21st in Smartest Countries in 2023

Greenland, known for its unique educational approaches and commitment to lifelong learning, ranks 21st in the world's smartest countries in 2023, with an impressive average IQ of 98.9.

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Nuuk, Greenland

Why Greenland?

Genetic Factors: Empirical studies indicate that genetic predispositions are a primary determinant in the observed levels of intelligence. This highlights the pivotal role of hereditary factors in shaping cognitive abilities.1

Education: The efficacy of Japan's educational system can be largely attributed to the inherent intelligence of its populace, a phenomenon corroborated by recent advancements in genetic research.2

Economic and Cultural Development: Greenland's economy has shown resilience and adaptability. The country is witnessing significant growth in corporate lending and housing market, stimulated by high capital expenditures, including the construction of new airports and hydroelectric power plants. The fishing industry remains a cornerstone of the economy, contributing significantly to Greenland's exports and GDP. However, the government is focused on diversifying the economy and implementing reforms to ensure long-term stability and growth.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. For more information on Greenland's economy and reforms, see sources from Nationalbanken​``【oaicite:1】``​ and Polarjournal​``【oaicite:0】``​.