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Countries with Most Nobel Laureates per Capita

Name the countries that have won the most Nobel Prizes relative to the size of their population.
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Last updated: October 29, 2017
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per million
country
10.8
Saint Lucia
3.53
Luxembourg
3.13
Switzerland
3.07
Sweden
3.04
Iceland
2.50
Norway
2.47
Denmark
2.46
Austria
2.04
United Kingdom
1.69
East Timor
per million
country
1.49
Ireland
1.49
Israel
1.33
Germany
1.18
Netherlands
1.14
United States
0.963
France
0.913
Hungary
0.909
Finland
0.885
Belgium
0.858
Cyprus
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level 59
Oct 28, 2017
Wow... I guess the Nobel Prize committee has a thing for Europe.
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level 66
Oct 30, 2017
Well that's where modern civilization came from: Either Europe or Europeans that moved to the New World. Renaissance, Industrial Revolution, combustion engine, electricity, internet, refrigeration, sanitation/separation of food from waste, antibacterial drugs, radiation, modern medicine, space flight, etc. If Europe never existed, most of the rest of the world would still be living in mud huts.
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level 63
Nov 6, 2017
Or modern civilization may have started somewhere else...
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level 70
Nov 10, 2017
Blahblahblah… you're not really disguising what you're implying by this, TinklePork.
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level 60
Jan 23, 2018
what implication? facts are facts.
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level 75
Jan 23, 2018
Urine Pig isn't correct. But he's also not implying what you think he's implying.
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level 60
Jan 23, 2018
Now that's just silly. The Renaissance, Industrial Revolution, electricity, etc. have EVERYTHING to do with the prize worthy inventions that came later. Complex technology builds on earlier discoveries. Like minded people from similar philosophies and schools of thought contribute to (and steal from) each other to cause breakthroughs to happen.
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level 52
Jan 23, 2018
Africa, Asia and the Americas all had thriving civilizations with advanced science. Mesoamericans invented the syringe and had powerful painkillers, which they used when performing successful brain surgeries. Indian and Chinese civilization was considered the center of science and technology for millennia before they were conquered. In the Middle East, math, science and literature all made massive strides while Europe sat in Dark Ages. Even in Africa, currently one of the least developed areas of the world, there were thriving civilizations, some so rich in gold that a king crashed economies by spending his gold so lavishly on his pilgrimage to Mecca.
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level 43
Jan 23, 2018
Wait, so the Nobel Prizes should have gone to the marvellous writers/scientists/inventors/economists from Burkina Faso, Mali, Eritrea, Chad, El Salvador, Papua New Guinea, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan etc just so someone would not find them "Eurocentric". Nevermind, you can just create your own Nobel Prizes, with blackjack and hookers as well.
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level 22
Jan 24, 2018
Hookers and Black Jack...Where do I sign up???
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level 27
Jan 26, 2018
I would like a prize with blackjack and hookers involved. That's worth recognition!
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level 69
Oct 28, 2017
It's been months since I made my last quiz, now here's my first featured one. What a pleasant surprise, thanks Quizmaster!
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level 70
Nov 10, 2017
Thank YOU, Camus!!
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level 75
Oct 28, 2017
The scale is off by a factor of 10.
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level 73
Oct 28, 2017
Indeed, Wikipedia says per 10 million.
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level ∞
Oct 29, 2017
Fixed, my mistake.
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level 70
Oct 29, 2017
East Timor is an interesting one.
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level 75
Oct 29, 2017
Got 100%. Somehow remembered St Lucia from when I took this months ago.
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level 39
Oct 29, 2017
The reason St. Lucia even got guessed is on who knows that the picture is St. Lucia
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level 58
Jan 23, 2018
Actually, I would have gotten it anyway because I read about Derek Walcott not too long ago and knew he was from one of the Caribbean island nations, where having just one Nobel laureate would put the per capita number really high.
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level 67
Oct 31, 2017
The nobel prizes seem to skip so many countries with innovative citizens, eg China, Japan, South Korea, many of the Aran states & the Indian subcontinent
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level 70
Nov 10, 2017
Well, it's not that those countries aren't getting Nobel Prizes (check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Nobel_laureates_by_country; if you click on [show] next to Countries under the Summary section, you get a sortable table), it's just that they have huge populations. So even though the US has more than three times the number of Nobel laureates than the second-place country (the UK), it does not place high on this list because of the large population.
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level 49
Jan 23, 2018
Got none other than the European nations.......
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level 42
Jan 23, 2018
Damn, I got Saint Lucia's name wrong, for some unknown reason I tried "Santa Lucia" instead...
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level 77
Jan 23, 2018
Damn you Niels Bohr
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level 29
Jan 23, 2018
I didn't expect Saint Lucia.
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level 61
Jan 23, 2018
How did only 39% get Saint Lucia? Don't people know their flags?
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level 56
Jan 23, 2018
Nope
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level 59
Jan 23, 2018
I know some of my flags, but Saint Lucia is apparently not one of them!
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level 20
Jan 23, 2018
Wow...there is like no African countries at all -----R A C I S T-----
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level 60
Jan 24, 2018
Okay. Maybe you could create a quiz summarizing the Nobel worthy accomplishments by Africans/African nations since the establishment of the Prize system. I'd be interested to learn all about them.
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level 69
Feb 5, 2018
There are none in South American or Oceania either. It's an award based on contributions to the world. The only one of the Noble prizes that are handed out as participation trophies is the Peace Prize -- the rest you had to accomplish something. Like it or not, the majority of the contributions to the world in modern history have come out of Europe and the United States. A fact is not racist.
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level 77
Jul 26, 2018
I think jkabq and kapilani3 are on to something. Personally I would be insulted to think that I had been given ANY award just because of my race or that it was based on being a member of any group with minority status. The award is for the accomplishment not the person. The playing field should be level without any special consideration given for individual characteristics. Having said that, I do feel that difficulties in achieving your goal that are caused by any kind of prejudice should be considered as part of the accomplishment of those goals - Mandela in South Africa, Ghandi in India, King in the USA, or the millions of capable women who have been denied any kind of advancement just because they are women, but being in any minority alone should not automatically give you extra points.
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level 61
Jan 23, 2018
1:08! I was so excited when East Timor came through. I guessed everything in Europe, more or less, and then all the tiny and small countries of the world that seemed like they might have a chance. That said I never would've gotten around to the Caribbean in time if not for the flag picture. :-)
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level 72
Jul 18, 2018
Where do Marie Curie's fit in - Poland or France?