60 responses

  1. Lewis Park
    April 28, 2012

    WHAT THE HECK??? Are you kidding me? Finland is smartest, and Korea is second, dudes, yall got it totally wrong. I still think that Korea is smartest, and are you kidding me? Why isn’t China in here? And are you kidding me? Japan got a friggin earthquake. They can’t be smart right now. And UNITED STATES? Dude the United States might have the best Colleges right now, but the student education here sucks. Well in the South, not in the North or the West, Just the South.

    • Dick dastardly
      May 26, 2012

      Are u retarded? It says canada is number one, not finland u twat, are you capable of counting to ten??? Anyway your’e a twat so shut it!

      • Bob Bobberson
        June 7, 2012

        you’re an idiot. I saw a psa on tv to raise school standards because USA is #25 in education. South Korea is #1 Finland is #2. google the top countries in the world in education.

      • lpzgrn
        October 1, 2012

        Shangai is what I see rated as #1. http://www.oecd.org/pisa/46643496.pdf

        I find it hysterical how for all the psycho studying the Asians do, Finland ranks right up there with them & they’re not studying anywhere near as much. They have much normal, balanced lives.

      • Jay
        October 3, 2012

        Too bad that it was only for students in Shanghai.
        If it was taken from students only in Seoul,
        Seoul > Shanghai.

      • bob johnson
        February 8, 2013

        No way Shanghai What the Beep! South korea is #1 for sure! man who ever wrote this article is W.R.O.N.G!!! :twisted: :twisted:

      • jack meadson
        March 23, 2013

        Shanghai or Seoul or Korea …. whatever it is …. the Asians are the brightest no doubt.

      • jack meadson
        March 23, 2013

        Finland’s tertiary institutions are sub-standard and easy to get in that’s why you idiot. A middle school kid in Asia could have easily attended university in Finland! Have u seen Finnish universities ranked in the Top 50 or 100 in recognized global higher education rankings?! :smile:

      • Pat
        October 11, 2012

        I saw the same, but it is propaganda , and some one is making money on this, California jut changed their education system and all the companies supplying the newtext and material get rich.

      • Matthan Flanagan
        July 26, 2012

        :evil: Woah man. Cool it. It’s called a mistake which no doubt someone as imature as you would have made many yourself!

      • Matthan Flanagan
        July 26, 2012

        Whoops. Sorry Bob Bobberson. Meant the guy above you. DICK DASTARDLY :roll:

      • jack meadson
        March 23, 2013

        Canada is #1 only because of its immigration policy of admitting tons of Asian students and migrants. Don’t bet on the Canadians to rank this high based on their miniscule intellect :lol:

    • Aman
      July 20, 2012

      YO :!:,do u know how smart japan really is?! They have the best tech in the world and they have so much robots that its not even funny! Jist because the country got an earthquake, it doesent mean the countrys not smart! (im not japenese is thats what u think. Im actually indian) next time u make a comment…plz get the facts right. :|

      • TIDSDF
        September 10, 2012

        Hey you Aman. Have you known that Korean is the smartest?
        They have made Samsung LG and almost all the things you use in life liek Galaxy note and things like that.
        Don’t blame people

      • lpzgrn
        October 1, 2012

        Things that have made my life miserable. Yeah, thanks Korea for all those accidents caused by texting & driving & because no one talks to each other at the dinner table anymore.

      • jack meadson
        March 23, 2013

        So one is smart because they made the iPhone or the Galaxy smartphone. Wow …. You sure are uber-smart!! You must be American … :lol:

      • Cheetahfang258
        December 9, 2014

        Best education does not exactly equate to smartest. You also have to take in the factor that international test scores are not always a precise way to measure the amount of education or intelligence. In fact this article addressed such claims.

    • Mike Rodriguez
      October 11, 2012

      :lol: Says the guy that put yall in his comment. Even yall isnt spelt that way. Yall-> y’all. Y’all -> you all. If you want to comment about being smart or intelligent, be at least one of the two.

    • Andrew
      December 30, 2012

      How does having a natural disaster in the case of Japan cause your country to become dumber? :???:

      • jack meadson
        March 23, 2013

        Seems like that’s the case along the Californian coast! :lol:

    • Josh
      February 9, 2013

      We are looking at the top most educated country dude relax!

    • jack meadson
      March 23, 2013

      The US is recognized as having the best colleges only because the US is the richest and most powerful country over the past few decades. That in turn attracted the brightest minds from around the world to pursue higher education there and raised the low standards of americans. Chinese and Indian universities have curriculum and standards that are way more rigorous than the US’s or better, Europe’s. Try placing the smartest Harvard/Yale/Princeton undergrad in Peking University/Tsinghua or the IITs in India and see them relegate to the end of the class. Try getting an american student to take the standardized national (tertiary) exams in China and see him make a fool of himself and vice versa, get a Chinese or Indian student to take the SAT and he/she will probably qualify for Harvard any day ;-)

    • Jgujvj
      April 15, 2013

      Yea I kinda of agree with you it should be 1.China 2.India 3.Japan 4.South Korea and so on

  2. Kia Howell
    May 29, 2012

    @ Lewis Park. You are mixing up the meanings of “most educated” and “most intelligent” even though this article clearly explains the difference between the two. (Maybe you didn’t read that far.) The U.S. is #4 on the most educated list but #17 on the most intelligent list. Reading your comment confirms the reason we are so low on the intelligent list.

  3. thebruins
    June 25, 2012

    This survey includes those who completed postsecondary education below that of a Bachelor’s degree as well, such as a two-year degree or trade school. A better metric would be to include only those who completed at least a Bachelor’s degree; the results would be different. I believe Norway would then be first, followed by the US, and then some other countries that were on this list.

  4. Micky Mouse
    July 4, 2012

    To me I think South Korea should even be on the top list of the smartest and most intelligent.

  5. the no it all
    August 26, 2012

    dum site the smartest are 1.japan 2. England 3. Russia . Americans don’t go in the top 25 maybe they will if they learn to speak right it’s called English the Americans us slag all the time if they learn to speak properly they might get higher up on the list

    • Mike Rodriguez
      October 11, 2012

      Really? You idiot! How in the world is England and Russia even in the top 5? Russia is not very smart. (no offense to anybody of the ethnicity here) England, by the way, is not number 2. Either you are a hard-core lover of England and Russia, or you just think that only your opinion is right

  6. Deep
    September 18, 2012

    Japan , Germany , and Israel are the smartest countries then comes Russia , UK , india ……..South koreans are just crooks, they steal and copy technology from japan and germany.
    Indians are one of the worlds smartest people . 36% of NASA scientists , 30% of microsoft software developers , 28 % of IBM developers, 28% of AT & T lab scientists are indians. This is just a n example from US. There are more examples from every developed country.

    • Jay
      October 3, 2012

      whoops, except that koreans have the highest acceptance rate at ivy leagues.
      higher than jews and chinese.

      everyone steals.
      korea stole from japan and germany so they can make money too. that was the only way to make money at the time. korea was the 2nd poorest country in 1953, but they rank top 13 HDI in the world. and GDP as well.

      now korea is being innovative in TV, chips, shipbuilding, etc.
      once they gain % of markets, they will start being innovative. untill then, they will steal like no other.

      samsung steals from apple, but it will only be for time being.
      once they gains most users in smartphone, they will start being innovate to enlarge the gap between no.2.

      That’s the intelligence.

      • Charlie
        June 2, 2013

        Koreans are the narrow minded sheep willing to pay top money for the Ivy League dream offered by the media; not considering that other universities and colleges in the U.S. and around the world are also great places to learn. Besides, they all are here because they love the United States of America!!!!.
        By the way Koreans, Americans are not Caucasians, that is a race. True American are the native Americans, anyone else are immigrants. So Please stop questioning others non Caucasians that they are not Americans. My friend Jose is a second generation U.S. born citizen. He is not Caucasian but is very American. If you have a problem with that then go back home!!

    • Andrew
      December 30, 2012

      Yeah, but India has the second largest population in the world so it makes sense for them to have their best and brightest working in the leading companies as they had more chances to take part in the genius-lottery that is making babies.

      • Andrew
        December 30, 2012

        Sorry, I forgot to add the point that what you said doesn’t reflect the average of India accurately.

  7. An Individual
    October 4, 2012

    Actually it’s a government statistic that Canada is ranked #1 in the world for their post-secondary education rates. A large portion of Canadians have obtained post-secondary education. The U.S has very prestigious schools, but as a whole, they’re ranked very low & don’t make the top ten for the most educated countries, because a portion of the population hasn’t pursued post-secondary education.
    China’s edu. system doesn’t even allow some of the students to get into a high school because of the high school entry exam that they have to write. If they don’t pass, they’re done school.

    • Charlie
      June 2, 2013

      That my friend is a true statement. I have heard the same speech from Chinese citizens working here in the U.S.

      By the way, what’s with the Chinese working in Chinese restaurants? Isn’t the way they are brought here, their contract clauses, a form of slavery?

  8. Steve
    October 5, 2012

    NO DATA on Persians. Inspite of the most barbaric government (Supported by the west and Ruskies and the Chine iz) and the tragic repression of our beautiful sisters and daughters by some Arab loving Turban Heads, and baseless racism and accusations of terrorism, unfortunately Re-enforced by Israel (Same people who were saved from slavery and had their Temple rebuilt by the Persians)The forcedly exiled communities are THE most educated minority group in the US and Canada…. FINS smarter than Americans?? Dude you should take a drug test.

  9. Sam
    October 18, 2012

    You know it is incorrect when you don’t see India on it lol.

  10. sarah jervis
    October 23, 2012

    hey hey where r china. Big Country no geeks. Anyway I am proud to be a geek. ;-) ;-) Lol. Quoted my teacher

  11. Human
    December 1, 2012

    Its a Biased survey…..USA & its friends countries are smart…wow …And rest of the other strong countries like China, India, Russia have no position …good…lol

  12. falsepride
    January 10, 2013

    Yes, its true, we all know Samsung copies Apple. and yet many still prefers it. We strive to matter to the world and copying one of the few ways we can at this time. we do it out of insecurity. cause we really got nothing. our culture had been destroyed by Japan prior to the Korean war. It was agonizing and we moved on for the best. acceling in technology is only way the get your attention and visit us. You think you woulda found an interest in us without our tech? :???:

    We don’t know many reknown scientist from Korea. It’s true. and I resented that for some time. But now I understand the true great things are from group of people with common interest not by one ‘genious’. Koreans are alike in many ways. looks, what we do, and what we are good at. one charateristic trait that I am abivalent about is the ‘unity’. WE ALL DO THE SAME THING. just go search videos about concert or even North Korea’s army march. it makes us tasteless individually, but on the other hand, it is very productive. I am a Korean who recently has got a degree in Canada, and I understand how difficult it is to change my perpective from ‘I’ to “we”. it requires some amount of loyalty and selflessness. With that said, I admire Korean people but to rank them as the smartest or most intelligent people is to me an insecure thought and rather childish and it accomplishes nothing.

  13. J. Allen
    January 20, 2013

    The percentages of those attending post-school education, ie tertiary level institutions, is not very helpful, in my opinion, as a yardstick of an educated society. Take the comparison with Finland and Australia or the USA. Entering a Finnish university is extremely difficult with stiff departmental exams. One candidate for a primary teacher degree course (MEd) can expect to face 12-14 others for a place. A Master’s degree is the minimum here for any hope of teacher or medical./law employment.

    The comparison is even more suspect when one considers the actual meaning of the terms used…. when an English or Finnish child leaves senior high school he or she has sat a demanding national exam, in Finland will be reasonably capable in at least 3 languages and maths. American national education is notoriously poor with BA degrees often making up for this in the first two years.

    There are marvellous American schools and brilliant minds and superb universities- even the world’s best of course- but looking at the whole national picture, this survey is very flawed. Sorry, but I am a professional international educator and speak from experience. I have had American students on a pre-university “gap year” who were semi-literate, extremely poor on general knowledge and notably more immature than their European fellows…. but all set up to attend a US university. They simply wouldn’t make it in a different context.

    • jack meadson
      March 23, 2013

      The SAT is a joke …. an elementary school kid could pass with flying colors :lol:

      • Ryo
        March 23, 2013

        Hi Jack,

        In your brief comments on this article, you have so far insulted the intelligence of Canadians, Americans, and Finnish people. Let’s talk.

        You can tell just how much stock I hold in these results if you actually read to the end of my article… but I want to point out that your theory of education and intelligence is largely racially determined (i.e., racist). If you think that Canada is #1 because it lets in Asian students, then why aren’t all of the Asian countries #1? The answer is obvious – international tests aren’t determined by race.

        By the way, I know the comments are for some reason somewhat heated in this article, but I prefer if you don’t insult the other commenters (“Finland’s tertiary institutions are sub-standard and easy to get in that’s why you idiot”) especially with such “sub-standard” English.

        In fact, your statement of “Asians are the brightest no doubt” is laughable. Someone so sure that someone is the smartest has clearly not carefully considered what the definition of intelligence is. I would indeed have to ask you what intelligence means, how you get it, and how you know when you have it. Or perhaps, for your theory, I should be asking “who is born with it?” because you seem to be fixated on race.

        I really can’t tell what your answer would be, because for some reason you believe that “an elementary school kid could pass [the SAT] with flying colors.” The idea that American teens struggle with the SAT while elementary students around the world would find it the easiest thing is just… what can I say? It’s just wrong. I think it’s an awful test, but I don’t understand why you’re making that bizarre argument. It just comes off as needlessly anti-American.

        Look, I’m sure you aced the SATs when you were 10, and the other American high school graduates who struggled with it went onto their intellectually lacking experiences in their sub-par Ivy League institutions like Harvard, Princeton, and Yale (i.e., the ones you named) meanwhile the ‘real’ education happens in India and Shanghai because they are, you know, Asian. Is this not the crux of your argument?

        Well then here’s my argument: It’s people like you who perpetuate the nonsense comparisons of international educational achievements or “aptitude.” There are many things different countries do not test, which in other countries would consider an aspect of intelligence (e.g., giving an opinion in Japan) and of course the educational systems around the world don’t hold a uniform set of values. In the same vein, the idea that you can genuinely compare universities is just as laughable, yet you somehow decided that all students from Peking University are smarter than all students from Princeton. This is pure conjecture.

        You can say what you will about medical schools or computer programs, but I would take a psychology program out of Stanford, Harvard, or Yale any day over the psychology programs in China or India. Why? Because they’re better. American psychology programs do the most psychology research in the world. But would I say Stanford is better than an Indian university? How could I possibly make that call? The real question is “in what regard is it better?” In terms of psychology research? – sure. In terms of tuition or student financial support? – all right. But the concept of “how many Asians are there in the school” certainly never crossed my mind. I don’t know why it crossed yours.
        Actually, I probably do know why it crossed yours: Stereotyping.

        If we’re really going to make any semblance of a comparison between countries or universities around the world, we have to do it with the acute awareness that we are simply boiling down ratings of universities to numbers and anecdotes. Only when we have the humility to recognize our limitations can we even begin to make any meaningful assertions about such rankings.

        PS: Your anti-Finland diatribe particularly rubbed me the wrong way. You said: “A middle school kid in Asia could have easily attended university in Finland! Have u seen Finnish universities ranked in the Top 50 or 100 in recognized global higher education rankings?! :smile:
        If you did any elementary investigation into the rankings that I mentioned in this very article, you would see that Finland ranked in the top 100 in the PISA 2009 test. They were ranked #3 (which is really #2 when you take out the horribly skewed/biased #1 spot of Shanghai). So maybe let’s not make fun of Finnish people? I’m sure they could teach you a thing or two about education.

      • Charlie
        June 2, 2013

        your words woken up the abeyance feeling of humbleness inside me.

        We all are educated, and masters in our own different aptitudes.

        Thank you

  14. sahil
    March 19, 2013

    china and india has most talented people round the world…..though they have largest population so what ? This means if a country has large population it will definatly have smart people ?you all know its not true.. People work hard there to reach that positions..

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  16. Christopher
    March 22, 2013

    The US is being out ranked by third world countries in education, the US is lowest in education… Take them off the list

  17. Loouis Chiislett
    April 9, 2013

    ‘Yet the proportion of Americans at the highest level meant that 70,000 kids scored there compared to about 2,000 for New Zealand and Sweden. No one else even came close–Japan was second with about 33,000 top performers. These are the people who might end up creating leading edge technology in the future.’

    Yes, of course, the USA has many times more people than Japan, and even more times than New Zealand. Therefore the comparisons made are inappropriate.
    Furthermore, it says that while the USA’s average intelligence isn’t so high, it still produces many top scientists. While that may be true, the study was top 10 countries in the world, which is an average of the country.
    (how can you have one thing for the US, while then saying China’s result is not counted because there are people outside of Shanghai who aren’t as clever. If you take an average for China, then you take one for the US as well, otherwise, what is the point)

  18. Luvo
    May 4, 2013

    Futsek, this rating is stupid. The people who wrote this rubbish are imperialists. Some African countries should also be mentioned e.g Nigeria,Zimbabwe and South Africa.
    Stop trying to make whites look smart. You whites you are so Racist and stupid with your long noses and fowl smelling skin. Fuck off! The reason you are so loud you whites is because you are leaving with blood and sweat of Africans and Asian and you think you are rich while you are satanists.

    • Ryo
      May 5, 2013

      Hi Luvo. I usually thank my commenters for being insightful, but obviously that would presuppose some actual insight. Though I particularly liked the hypocrisy of accusing white people of being racist, and then going off on the most racist tangent any commenter has ever made on the whole website, I do ask of my commenters to be respectful, which is a memo you have clearly missed.
      The only reason I allowed this comment to be posted is to show others what a stupid argument looks like. Your subsequent comments will not be published if they are as racist, nonsensical, and/or random as your last two.

  19. Yello
    May 29, 2013

    Well, I think this is just a joke. It just shows those countries have better education, it doesn’t mean their people are smarter. Do you really think that people who come from these countries are all smart? You can’t be serious. :lol:

  20. Charlie
    June 2, 2013

    No country is smarter just because they have more industry or produces more products. If that was the case then China would be #1. The fact of the matter is that everything you are reading here falls in these three cases: (1) the writer intent of providing a somewhat informative report (2) a bias report with the intent to make money (3) a report with the intent to create a discussion; it is all about psychology. I really like China. But according to a Chinese Student, a Chinese’s Bachelor degree is taught much like how an associate degree in the U.S. : it does not offer an overall curriculum of knowledge; and depending on your degree, math and science are irrelevant therefore not taught. All i’m going to say about the Koreans is that that country is as corrupted as any third world country , money and sex gets you anything there. Education starts at home, and that’s what Americans need to realize and/or start practicing. I, an American, choose the U.S. as the most educated because you all are reading this in a ” .com ” domain and in English. We have the imagination to create the i-pod, CPU processors, etc; and the intelligence to have it made cheaply in other countries, hold patents of what we create, dominate the world with our media and language, and charge others money so they can be like us :-) = ” The day you see me learning Korean or other language, that day consider yourself special. But not that much, because I’m learning it with the intent to enter your market for personal gain, not to be like you.

  21. Micky
    October 12, 2013

    I don’t see why everyone is getting so heated over this article, as the creator said it is based solely on secondary education. And to be even more specific, the percentage of people who attend it. He is not claiming any one country is ‘smarter’ than another, as there is no substantial way to prove that. And what would it prove, really? Just because a country is considered ‘smarter’ than another, it doesn’t mean everyone there is intelligent, nor in the case that the ‘smartest’ country would be without its citizens lacking there of.
    I would also like to point out to another commentator, who made the argument that people had bothered to learn English for this article, meaning that the U.S is…more influential? I’m not sure what point they were trying to make, to be honest, considering many countries have created technology and largely affect media. Either way, Americans are not the only ones who can speak English. There are, of course, the ACTUAL English people, Australians, Canadians, etc. In fact, English is one of the only languages taught throughout the world. Just because I take Spanish class doesn’t mean Spain is dominating any country.
    This article is just giving facts. Basing how much a country is educated on anything other than how much schooling its citizens receive is ridiculous, so in reality, this article is perfectly correct

  22. Andre
    March 12, 2014

    People are so smart they didnt even care to read the news this only shows the countries with the most graduates, which has absolutely nothing to do with smartness, I personally know retards that graduated and I mean real diagnosed retards. The title “smartest” is retard and so are most the comments.

  23. brosbefor…
    March 18, 2014

    :shock: Completly bias, I live in Canada and more then half the population have terrible iq’s, and yet i europe the 2 smartest coutrys( iq wise) are italy and Albania and they don’t make it on the list when lower iq europian countries do, very bias!

    • brosbefor…
      March 18, 2014

      p.s don’t care about grammer its nothing important in this state

  24. tim
    November 29, 2014

    What about Germany? Also, why is there ties between economy and Intellectualism. Is that the only thing that was used as a statistic? And what makes people “smart”?
    Maybe one should define this. Also, what about France??

  25. krik krik
    May 20, 2015

    israel is not a country…

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