“World’s Best Countries” world’s smartest countries

National IQs explain 70% of the variance in Newsweek’s (2010) list of “World’s best countries” [1]. Newsweek’s criterion were (Education, Health, Quality of Life, Economic Dynamism, Political Environment).

This isn’t particularly surprising since Newsweek’s scale closely matches with Lynn and Vanhanen’s Index of Human Condition, which correlates with national IQ at .8.

Vanhanen, T (2011). Suomen paikka kansainvälisissä vertailuissa. Tieteessä tapahtuu, 29,1,19–23.)

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