Singapore: A Global Intellectual Powerhouse

Singapore showcased its intellectual prowess by ranking third in both 2023 and 2024, with its average IQ score slightly decreasing from 105.9 to 105.89. This minor change underscores Singapore's consistent position as a global leader in intelligence.

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Why Singapore?

Genetic Factors: Big portion of the high average IQ score of Singapore can be attributed to genetics, as highlighted in recent studies.1

Education System: The country's world-class education system is a key factor in nurturing its intellectual prowess.2

Innovation and Economy: Singapore's focus on innovation and technology significantly contributes to its economic strength and intellectual stature.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. McGilvray, A. (2016). Singapore: The brain-gain game. Nature, 537(S16–S17).
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