Countries with Most Nobel Laureates per Capita

Name the countries that have won the most Nobel Prizes relative to the size of their population.
Source: Wikipedia, October 2020
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Last updated: October 24, 2020
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per million
country
11.1
Saint Lucia
3.39
Luxembourg
3.28
Switzerland
3.01
Sweden
2.96
Iceland
2.51
Austria
2.43
Denmark
per million
country
2.43
Norway
1.94
United Kingdom
1.51
East Timor
1.46
Ireland
1.42
Israel
1.34
Hungary
1.32
Germany
per million
country
1.17
United States
1.17
Netherlands
1.07
France
0.902
Finland
0.870
Belgium
0.841
Cyprus
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Level 62
Oct 28, 2017
Wow... I guess the Nobel Prize committee has a thing for Europe.
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Level 64
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 64
Nov 6, 2017
Or modern civilization may have started somewhere else...
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Level 72
Nov 10, 2017
Blahblahblah… you're not really disguising what you're implying by this, TinklePork.
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Level 61
Jan 23, 2018
what implication? facts are facts.
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Level 61
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 53
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 57
Nov 27, 2020
If Europe never exist, rest of the world would have been thriving with wealth. I'm not sure with the whole world but as for my nation India, the British Kingdom stole most of our wealth leaving us in the woods. While we used to live in houses made of gold and silver, they stole it and forced us to live in mud houses.

Though I don't only blame them because there still remains a few questions like how a European nation can conquer such a big and advanced civilization like India, we also had a lot of backstabber and imposters like Mir Nagar among others.

But what I want to say is that if Europe never existed I'm not sure about the rest of the world but we in India wouldn't be still living in mud houses.

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Level 20
Nov 28, 2020
SWATkun: India is independent since 1948 if I remember correctly. You seriously want to say that your country is not getting Nobel prize because almost 100 years ago your country was occupied? If you guys would be so smart you'd be getting awards nowadays. With internet the knowledge is at the tips of your fingers for the last 20 years. So stop crying and start thinking and working hard.
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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 41
Jan 26, 2018
I would like a prize with blackjack and hookers involved. That's worth recognition!
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Level 34
Nov 28, 2020
As someone from El Salvador I feel compelled to tell you that we have indeed had great writers that wouldn't have been out of place winning Nobel Prizes in literature.
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Level 67
Sep 19, 2019
@wolfcam right, I guess in exams at school, you accused others of being the teachers pet, because they got higher grades than you? Instead of acknowledging that they were just good and or studied hard.
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Level 74
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 72
Nov 10, 2017
Thank YOU, Camus!!
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Level 80
Oct 28, 2017
The scale is off by a factor of 10.
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Level 77
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 74
Oct 29, 2017
East Timor is an interesting one.
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Level 67
Sep 19, 2019
yea the only one I didnt guess, had 2 mins left to think about it and still didnt get it.
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Level 80
Oct 29, 2017
Got 100%. Somehow remembered St Lucia from when I took this months ago.
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Level 67
Sep 19, 2019
I got it from the picture
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Level 42
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 66
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 73
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 72
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 57
Jan 23, 2018
Got none other than the European nations.......
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Level 41
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 83
Jan 23, 2018
Damn you Niels Bohr
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Level 42
Jan 23, 2018
I didn't expect Saint Lucia.
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Level 62
Jan 23, 2018
How did only 39% get Saint Lucia? Don't people know their flags?
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Level 57
Jan 23, 2018
Nope
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Level 58
Jan 23, 2018
I know some of my flags, but Saint Lucia is apparently not one of them!
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Level 68
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 75
Jul 18, 2018
Where do Marie Curie's fit in - Poland or France?
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Level 63
Jul 31, 2019
Lmao I typed in Cyprus just for the sake of it and voila it's a valid answer,didn't expect that lol
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Level 67
Sep 19, 2019
For some of these countries, the winners were one in a million ;) (or better)
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Level 76
Apr 7, 2020
Relevant question for the statistics, does a prize awarded to two people count as one prize or two? Usually one would say they share the prize, but wikipedia counts them separately.
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Level 77
Oct 25, 2020
Fun fact: Both Saint Lucia's Nobel Prize winners share the same birthday, on January 23rd. They call it the Nobel Laureate Day there.
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Level 34
Nov 27, 2020
The only problem with Wikipedia is it is not reliable and can contain false information.
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Level 32
Nov 27, 2020
I was expecting Israel first
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Level 38
Nov 27, 2020
Wow, I didn't know about East Timor
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Level 56
Nov 27, 2020
Seriously the most mind-blowing fact remains how many laureates are from Saint Lucia.. ! Guess they didn't change nationality after being awarded the prize, right?

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Level 74
Nov 28, 2020
The number of laureates from St Lucia is two. It's surprising if you don't know it, but I'm not sure I'd call it mind-blowing.
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Level 18
Nov 28, 2020
If its 2, why is Saint Lucia in #1?
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Level 64
Nov 29, 2020
Because it's Nobel Prizes per capita and Saint Lucia has a really small population.
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Level 41
Nov 28, 2020
I think this quiz would be more interesting if the Nobel Peace prize was not included. It most often goes to extremely unworthy candidates and is a blight on the Nobel Prize overall. Yes, I know I could make my own quiz but I'm lazy and prefer to whinge, what :P
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Level 18
Nov 28, 2020
Are you sure that St. Lucia has the most Nobel Prize Laureates?
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Level 47
Nov 28, 2020
Did you read the title?