10 Countries with the Lowest Reported IQs

10. Republic of the Congo: 65 average IQ

This country in Central Africa has compulsory education for children, and there are universities for those who want to progress to higher learning. But the low GDP of just over $14 billion means there isn’t much money available for the education system, with students sometimes having to sit on the floor due to the lack of chairs. The country itself is politically unstable, and future civil unrest or war would naturally have a further detrimental effect on education long-term.
10. Republic of the Congo: 65 average IQ

9. Cameroon: 64 average IQ

Another Central African nation, Cameroon was once a German colony, before it was divided up under British and French control after the First World War. Language issues and teachers who fail to turn up for work are two major problems the Cameroonian education system has to face. Literacy rates in the more isolated northern areas of the country fall dramatically, to levels below 40%. Schools lack simple amenities, such as running water and furniture.
9. Cameroon: 64 average IQ

8. Central African Republic: 64 average IQ

Situated in the heart of the African continent, this country used to be part of French Equatorial Africa. Corruption and political malaise mean this country, which is relatively rich in resources, suffers from an extremely low GDP (just $446 per person) and has one of the worst Human Development Index scores in the world, residing in 180th place. Literacy rates are low, teaching staff levels have been affected by the high incidence of AIDS and HIV, and activities by Séléka militia have prevented students from going to school.
8. Central African Republic: 64 average IQ

7. Democratic Republic of the Congo: 64 average IQ

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DROC) is one of seven countries in this list to have been given a score of 64. The history of this huge country in Central Africa has been volatile. Formerly known as Zaire, DROC has over 77 million inhabitants. The 11th-largest country in the world only produces a GDP of $30.8 billion and is frequently rocked by violence. The recent Second Congo War caused millions of deaths and ruined the country’s infrastructure. It is a tragic fact that many of this country’s prospective schoolchildren end up wielding a gun instead of a pencil.
7. Democratic Republic of the Congo: 64 average IQ

6. Ethiopia: 64 average IQ

Ethiopia was the country that shocked the western world in the 1980s when the ravages of famine became apparent, exacerbated by years of war and its location in the Horn of Africa. Around a million people starved to death, and although charity events like Live Aid tried to offer relief, too often the money sent for food found itself used for weapons. Although the education system in Ethiopia has witnessed some improvements, it is still frequently a victim of corruption.
6. Ethiopia: 64 average IQ

5. Gabon: 64 average IQ

Gabon is a small country on the central-west coast of Africa. The country has a relatively high GDP, at $13,032 per person, and a medium Human Development Index ranking, in 106th place. Nearly 10% of the budget is put aside for education, and there is compulsory education for children aged from 6 to 16. However, overcrowded classrooms and the low quality of training on offer for teachers has contributed to Gabon’s position on this list. But, the country’s position here does seem to be something of an anomaly, considering the GDP and HDI figures. Gabon could be a victim of the criticized and flawed methodology utilized by Lynn and Vanhanen.
5. Gabon: 64 average IQ

4. Mozambique: 64 average IQ

Mozambique is a large country in the south-eastern corner of the continent of Africa. GDP growth in the country has seen spectacular rises in the last few years, but the country still suffers in aspects such as life expectancy and quality of life, due to endemic corruption and the ongoing effects of the destructive Mozambican Civil War, which lasted for 15 years (1977 to 1992) and cost around one million lives. There aren’t enough schools, and places in universities are few and far between.
4. Mozambique: 64 average IQ

3. Sierra Leone: 64 average IQ

This is yet another African country that has been devastated by civil war, mostly down to the valuable minerals found in its land (in this case, diamonds). This tiny country on the western coast has become synonymous with blood diamond trade, where diamonds are sold to help pay for military operations often against the established government. Many schools were destroyed during the civil war, and although many have been rebuilt, this has had a negative impact on education in this state, which only has three universities to serve over 6 million people (in contrast, the US has nearly 4,500 colleges and universities).
3. Sierra Leone: 64 average IQ

2. Saint Lucia: 62 average IQ

The only non-African country in this list is the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia. This tiny country of just 238 square miles has a population of 173,765 people and a GDP of $1.2 billion (nominal). Education is free and compulsory, and the country enjoys a high Human Development Index place of 88th. It seems that poverty and wealth inequality are the main factors for Saint Lucia being given such a low IQ level.
2. Saint Lucia: 62 average IQ

1. Equatorial Guinea: 59 average IQ

Considering the statement made in the introduction to this list, about Equatorial Guinea’s rate being obtained through what seem ludicrous methods, it seems unfair that the small central African nation heads this list. But there are some harsh realities about Equatorial Guinea, such as its issues with human trafficking and the sad fact that a fifth of children die before they are 5 years old. The country has been condemned for its atrocious human rights record and less than one percent of the country’s budget is spent on education. Corruption and unequal distribution of wealth (created by oil exports) are also contributing factors to money not going where it needs to be spent.
1. Equatorial Guinea: 59 average IQ