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Which Ethnic Group has the highest IQ – The 20th century witnessed a dramatic increase in IQ, as much as 3 points per decade . The fact that IQ scores increased so much in such a short amount of time has raised many issues about the nature of intelligence, and what intelligence tests are measuring. For instance, while an individual’s IQ test performance within a particular generation tends to be relatively stable and is determined by a complex mix of nature and nurture, such dramatic increases across generations demonstrates the potent influence of the environment on the development of cognitive abilities.Multiple researchers have proposed theories to explain the Flynn effect. One of the most elaborate is Dickens and Flynn’s ‘social multiplier effect’. Their proposed effect takes into account the importance of culture in influencing what particular forms of intelligence it educates, spotlights, and nurtures.

Which Ethnic Group has the highest IQ : World IQ Figures

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on high Jewish, Chinese and Indian IQs

Which Ethnic Group has the highest IQ

1      Afghanistan     83
2      Albania     90
3      Algeria     84
4      Angola     69
5      Antigua & Barbuda     75
6      Argentina     96
7      Armenia     93
8      Australia     98
9     Austria     102
10   Azerbaijan     87
11     Bahamas     78
12     Bahrain     83
13     Bangladesh     81
14     Barbados     78
15     Belarus     96
16     Belgium     100
17     Belize     83
18     Benin     69
19     Bhutan     78
20     Bolivia     85
21     Botswana     72
22     Brazil     87
23     Brunei     92
24     Bulgaria     93
25     Burkina Faso     66
26     Burma (Myanmar)     86
27     Burundi     70
28     Cambodia     89
29     Cameroon     70
30    Canada     97
31     Cape Verde     78
32     Central African Rep.     68
33     Chad     72
34     Chile     93
35     China     100
36     Colombia     88
37     Comoros     79
38     Congo (Braz)   73
39     Congo (Zaire)  65
40     Costa Rica     91
41     Côte d’Ivoire
42     Croatia     90
43     Cuba     85
44     Cyprus     92
45     Czech Republic     97
46     Denmark     98
47     Djibouti     68
48     Dominica     75
49     Dominican Republic     84
50     Ecuador     80
51     Egypt     83
52     El Salvador     84
53     Equatorial Guinea     59
54     Eritrea     68
55     Estonia     97
56     Ethiopia     63
57     Fiji     84
58     Finland     97
59     France     98
60     Gabon     66
61     Gambia     64
62     Georgia     93
63     Germany     102
64     Ghana     71
65     Greece     92
66     Grenada     75
67     Guatemala     79
68     Guinea     63
69     Guinea-Bissau     63
70     Guyana     84
71     Haiti     72
72     Honduras     84
73     Hong Kong     107
74     Hungary     99
75     Iceland     98
76     India     81
77     Indonesia     89
78     Iran     84
79     Iraq     87
80     Ireland     93
81     Israel     94
82     Italy     102
83     Jamaica     72
84     Japan     105
85     Jordan     87
86     Kazakhstan     93
87     Kenya     72
88     Kiribati     84
89     Korea, North     105
90     Korea, South     106
91     Kuwait     83
92     Kyrgyzstan     87
93     Laos     89
94     Latvia     97
95     Lebanon     86
96     Lesotho     72
97     Liberia     64
98     Libya     84
99     Lithuania     97*
100    Luxembourg     101
101     Macedonia     93
102     Madagascar     79
103     Malawi     71
104     Malaysia     92
105     Maldives     81
106     Mali     68
107     Malta     95
108     Marshall Islands     84
109     Mauritania     73
110     Mauritius     81
111     Mexico     87
112     Micronesia     84
113     Moldova     95
114     Mongolia     98
115     Morocco     85
116     Mosambique     72
117     Namibia     72
118     Nepal     78
119     Netherlands     102
120     New Zealand     100
121     Nicaragua     84
122     Niger     67
123     Nigeria     67
124     Norway     98
125     Oman     83
126     Pakistan     81
127     Panama     84
128     Papua New Guinea     84
129     Paraguay     85
130     Peru     90
131     Philippines     86
132     Poland     99
133     Portugal     95
134     Puerto Rico     84
135     Qatar     78
136     Romania     94
137     Russia     96
138     Rwanda     70
139     Samoa (Western)     87
140     Sao Tome/Principe     59
141     Saudi Arabia     83
142     Senegal     64
143     Seychelles     81
144     Sierra Leone     64
145     Singapore     100
146     Slovakia     96
147     Slovenia     95
148     Solomon Islands     84
149     Somalia     68
150     South Africa     72
151     Spain     99
152     Sri Lanka     81
153     St. Kitts & Nevis     75
154     St. Lucia     75
155     St.Vincent/Grenadines     75
156     Sudan     72
157     Suriname     89
158     Swaziland     72
159     Sweden     101
160     Switzerland     101
161     Syria     87
162     Taiwan     104
163     Tajikistan     87
164     Tanzania     72
165     Thailand     91
166     Togo     69
167     Tonga     87
168     Trinidad & Tobago     80
169     Tunisia     84
170     Turkey     90
171     Turkmenistan     87
172     Uganda     73
173     Ukraine     96
174     United Arab Emirates     83
175     United Kingdom     100
176     United States     98
177     Uruguay     96
178     Uzbekistan     87
179     Vanuatu     84
180    Venezuela     88
181     Vietnam     96
182     Yemen     83
183     Yugoslavia     93
184     Zambia     77
185     Zimbabwe   66

With the single exception of Ashkanazi Jews (see Endnote), the “yellow races” enjoy the highest IQs in the world, with the Hong Kong Chinese scoring most (107), South Koreans (106), North Koreans (105), Japanese (105). In comparison, the average Caucasian has an IQ of 100 or less.

Which Ethnic Group has the highest IQ – Notes  on Jewish IQ:

ASHKENAZI  JEWS: Unlike the “average” Jew in Israel whose IQ is given above as 94, the Ashkenazi Jew is said to have an average IQ of 110-115, sometimes as high as 117. This is 10 points above the Hong Kong Chinese (107), 20 points above the Canadians (97), 30 points above the Mexicans (87), and 50 points above the Nigerians (67).

“The 2005 paper “Natural History of Ashkenazi Intelligence” by Cochran, Hardy, and Harpending, argued on the basis of inherited diseases and the peculiar economic situation of Ashkenazi Jews in medieval Europe, that Ashkenazi Jews as a group now inherit a cognitive profile that includes higher verbal and mathematical intelligence than other ethnic groups, along with lower spatial intelligence.

One observational basis for inferring that Ashkenazi Jews have high intelligence is their prevalance in intellectually demanding fields. From 1901–2010, 21.5% of Nobel prize winners were Jewish, while Jews make up a much smaller fraction of the population of the countries represented. For example, 36% of Nobel prize winners from the United States have been Jewish, while Jews make up 2.1% of the U.S. population.

G. Cochran, J. Hardy and H. Harpending additionally cite the disproportionately high percentage of Ashkenazi Chess Grandmasters and Fields Medalists in mathematics, as well as winners of the Turing Award in computer science.

Their median IQ is calculated at 117 in From Chance to Choice: Genetics and Justice (2000), published by Cambridge University Press. This is 10 points higher than the generally-accepted IQ of their closest rivals—Northeast Asians—and almost 20% higher than the global average.”

“Other researchers who study the Ashkenazim have asserted an IQ number a bit lower than 117, but all have agreed that these children of Abraham are on top of the IQ chart. Plus, contemplate this astounding tidbit: Ashkenazi “visual-spatial” test scores are typically lower than the norm; this means their abilities in the other two categories, language and math, are absolutely astounding.

Nobel Prizes: Since 1950, 29% of the awards have gone to Ashkenazim, even though they represent only 0.25% of humanity. Ashkenazi achievement in this arena is 117 times greater than their population.

Hungary in the 1930s: Ashkenazim were 6% of the population, but they comprised 55.7% of physicians, 49.2% of attorneys, 30.4% of engineers, and 59.4% of bank officers; plus, they owned 49.4% of the metallurgy industry, 41.6% of machine manufacturing, 72.8% of clothing manufacturing, and, as housing owners, they received 45.1% of Budapest rental income. Jews were similarly successful in nearby nations, like Poland and Germany.

USA (today): Ashkenazi Jews comprise 2.2% of the USA population, but they represent 30% of faculty at elite colleges, 21% of Ivy League students, 25% of the Turing Award winners, 23% of the wealthiest Americans, and 38% of the Oscar-winning film directors.

Israel: In 1922, this swamp and desert land was inhabited by a impoverished population of 752,000. Today there are 7,746,000 residents, with an Ashkenazi majority that have elevated it into a high-tech entrepreneurial nation with the highest per capita income in the region.”

Which Ethnic Group has the highest IQ – The simplest explanation for the huge IQ difference between the fair-skinned Ashkenazi Jews and swarthier Jews of Semitic appearance (e.g., Sephardic Jews) is a so-called conspiracy theory known as the “Khazarian thesis”.

Popularized by Arthur Koestler in The Thirtheenth Tribe and accepted by notable Jewish scholars themselves (e.g. Prof. Shlomo Sand), this basically states that the Ashkenazi Jews are “false Jews” or aliens of an entirely different race masquerading as Semitic Jews. Originating in a region known as “Khazaria”, these Turko-Tartaric tribes converted to Judaism in the 8th century. So they were “Jews” only by religious conversion, not by blood. As such, being essentially “false Jews”, they have no historic link to the Holy Land and no Biblical claim whatever to Palestine.



Descended from the Khazars, a Turkic race originally from Central Asia and related to the Hun, Uigur and Magyar tribes, the ancestors of the Ashkenazi “Jews” had settled in Khazaria in the Black Sea/Caspian Sea area at some point in the Dark Ages. Of wholly Asiatic origin, they became “Jews” later only by religious conversion in the 8th century. This is controversial.  Because, if true, it means that Ahhkenazi Jews have no ancestral links with the Holy Land. Abraham and Moses were NOT their ancestors. Any claim made to Palestine on Biblical grounds by Ashkenazi Jews—who comprise the bulk of Israel’s population today—would therefore be a spurious claim.

Which Ethnic Group has the highest IQ – The Khazarian thesis of Koestler has been rejected by other notable scholars. Prof. Kevin MacDonald is one of these. He states categorically: “Modern population genetic studies show conclusively that Jews are indeed an ethnic entity and that widely dispersed Jewish groups are more similar to each other than to the peoples they have lived among for hundreds or thousands of years.” (See here).

There are two significant weaknesses with this anti-Khazarian thesis, i.e., with the idea that Ashkenazi Jews and other Jews are pretty much the same and originate from the same “Semitic” race that produced Abraham and Moses.

(1) Studies that show “genetic similarities” between Ashkenazi Jews and other widely dispersed Jewish groups do not necessarily disprove the Khazarian thesis. This is because intermarriage between the Ashkenazis and the non-Askenazi or “Semitic” Jews was frequent in Khazaria from the 8th century onward, and indeed anywhere else in the world where the fair-skinned Khazarian “Jews” (= Jews by conversion) mingled with and married the darker Semitic Jews.

(2)  The huge gap of 23 points between the IQ levels of Israeli Jews (94) and Ashkenazi Jews (117) cannot be satisfactorily explained if we believe, as MacDonald states, “that Jews are indeed an ethnic entity and that widely dispersed Jewish groups are more similar to each other than to the peoples they have lived among for hundreds or thousands of years.”

If we examine the IQs of the Northeast Asians, for example, we note that these genetically related races all have very similar IQs: Hong Kong Chinese (107), South Koreans (106), North Koreans (105), Japanese (105), Taiwanese (104), Mainland Chinese (100). None of these genetically related races is 23 points higher than any of the others, though taken as a whole they are 23 points higher than most of the African races. The conclusion is obvious: the fact that the Northeast Asians and the Africans have such a huge difference in their IQs is a proof, if any were needed, that these races are genetically unrelated.

If we take the European or Caucasian races, we note exactly the same thing: a striking similarity of IQs: Germany (102), Austria (102), Italy (102), Netherlands (102), Sweden (101), Switzerland (101), Belgium (100), UK (100), Spain (99), Hungary (99), Poland (99), France (98), Denmark (98), Norway (98).

Note that not one of these European races is 23 points higher in IQ than any of the others, though taken as a whole they are 23 pints higher than the African nations. The conclusion is again obvious: the fact that the Europeans and the Africans have such a huge difference in their IQs is a proof, if any were needed, that Europeans and Africans are genetically unrelated.

Which Ethnic Group has the highest IQ – From this we arrive at the indisputable conclusion that a huge differences in IQ between one group and another group essentially means that the groups belong to different races. If, for example, every Caucasian nation mentioned above had similar IQs of around 100, but ONE European nation—”Ruritania”, let’s say— had an average IQ of 130, one would have to conclude that the “Ruritarians” did not, and could not, belong to the same Caucasian race as all the others.

It is this that gives credence to Koestler’s Khazarian thesis: that the Ashkenazi “Jews” are not really Jews, and that they are Jews only by conversion to Judaism.

Conclusion: The 23 point difference in IQs between Ashkenazis and non-Ashkenazis would seem to demonstrate conclusively that these people belong to entirely different races. If they belonged to the same “Semitic” race, they would follow the general rule of having similar IQs.

Speaking of anti-Semitism, Koestler was to write that it was based  “on a misapprehension shared by both the killers and their victims.”

The story of the Khazar Empire, he went on to add, gave an entirely new twist to “the distorted view that all Jews were genetically related and belonged to the same Semitic race.”

This began to look, he concluded controversially, “like the most cruel hoax which history has ever perpetrated.”

UPDATE  ON  JEWISH  IQ – Which Ethnic Group has the highest IQ

Which Ethnic Group has the highest IQ – A correspondent writes: “If we look at the Israeli national avg. for IQ, it is only 94. Prof. Lynn in Ireland is the ultimate authority on IQ differences. In a semi-private conversation at an AR conference (Feb. 2001), he said that the Jewish IQ outside of Israel is 103-104 (somewhat expected to graduate from higher education). Prof. Lynn stated: “I don’t understand why there is this push to say 110-115, by my colleagues, when there is no scientific study that proves that.”


Following are the various human groups and their average IQs :

Highest : East Asians (Chinese, Koreans, Japanese) – average IQ 105

High : Europeans – average IQ 100.

Mediocre : American Indians, Mestizos, American Blacks (are for 20% mixed with White genes), Arabs, Turks, Iranians, Indians, South East Asians – average IQ 85.

Low : African (full blood) Negroes – average IQ 70.

Lower : Australian Aborigines – average IQ 62

Lowest : Bushmen and Pygmies – average IQ 54.

— Supplied by Franklin Ryckaert

Which Ethnic Group has the highest IQ Note. It is not clear where Jews should be placed on this list, but they are definitely in the higher-than-average category, although Israeli Jews are given a “mediocre” IQ of only 94.  Conventionally, Ashkenazi Jews are allotted the highest IQs in the world at 110-115, but Professor Lynn ascribes them a lower average IQ of 103-104. (See above, ‘Update on Jewish IQ’). If correct, this would mean that Jews are slightly less intelligent on the whole than the clever East Asians, i.e., the Chinese, Japanese and Koreans. (LD)

UPDATE ON INDIAN and Chinese IQ ***

Which Ethnic Group has the highest IQ – It would appear that the “mediocre” IQ in India of 81, though applicable en masse to the population of the subcontinent as a whole, is not applicable to the closely inbred brahminical classes of Bengal and Tamil Nadu (and other such areas) which have been practicing their own highly idiosyncratic form of eugenics for centuries  These high-caste Indians  are reported to have the world’s highest IQs in the 115-120 range.

Franklin Ryckaert offers this comment:

Besides the Ashkenazi Jews with their high average IQ, another interesting group is Indian Brahmins, who have an ancient culture of learning and are strictly endogamic, which would tend to breed for intellect. There is an interesting article touching on this subject on Steve Sailer’s blog. Here the average IQ of North Indian Brahmins is estimated at 115 and that of South Indian Brahmins at 120. If that is true, they would surpass even the Ashkenazis.

LD: If the above details are correct, it would not be unreasonable to apply the same tentative logic to China, leading us to speculate that the IQ of the highly bred  Chinese scholar classes or mandarinate — the equivalent of India’s brahminical caste — may be far higher than the average Chinese IQ of 105.

Which Ethnic Group has the highest IQ – Another point worth noting, in regard to Indian IQ, is that it is hard to believe that the average IQ of Indian immigrants to Western countries is as low as 81. The average IQ of of Indian immigrants certainly equals, and often exceeds by a wide margin, the average IQ (100) of the local white population. Some of the most gifted children in British schools today have highly educated Indian parents. Moreover, even in India itself, the children of the educated classes who attend expensive boarding schools have higher-than average IQs, often going on to Oxford and Cambridge for further education.

Intelligence and the Wealth and Poverty of Nations by Richard Lynn
Which Ethnic Group has the highest IQ