Iceland, with its strong emphasis on education and a robust learning environment, ranks 26th in the list of the world's smartest countries in 2023, boasting an average IQ of 98.3.
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Genetic Factors: Research suggests genetic predispositions play the main role in the intelligence levels observed.1
Education: Success in Iceland's educational system is strongly influenced by the high intelligence of its populace, as supported by recent genetic research.2
Economy: Iceland's economy has demonstrated remarkable resilience and growth, with a 6.4% increase in GDP in 2022, the highest in over 15 years, driven by strong private demand and increased trade. Challenges such as a hot housing market, a tight labor market, and rising inflation emerged, leading the Central Bank of Iceland to raise interest rates to 7.5%. Despite these challenges, the overall economic position remains favorable, with low household debt levels and a tourism industry nearing peak levels. Iceland also aims to be carbon-neutral and fossil fuel-independent by 2040, leveraging its high share of renewables. 3