Liechtenstein: Ranked 9th in Smartest Countries in 2023

Liechtenstein demonstrated its intellectual prowess, maintaining its high ranking from 9th in 2023 to slightly adjusting its position in 2024. This adjustment reflects a minor change in its average IQ score, from 101.1 to 101.07, showcasing its consistent place in global intelligence standings.

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Vaduz Castle, Liechtenstein

Understanding Liechtenstein's Ranking

Genetic Factors: Research underscores the significance of hereditary traits in influencing Liechtenstein's intellectual capacity. These genetic factors offer insights into the country's cognitive strengths.1

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

Economy: Liechtenstein's economy is characterized by flexibility and openness to global commerce, with significant investments in research and development. The banking and financial sector is a major component of the economy, specializing in services for foreign entities. The country's low tax rate and traditions of strict bank secrecy have historically attracted funds from abroad, contributing to the growth of its financial institutions. Additionally, initiatives like ZirkuLIE aim to promote sustainable economic practices, reflecting the country's commitment to innovation and sustainability.34


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  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).
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  4. Wikipedia on Economy of Liechtenstein. Wikipedia.