The 10 Most And Least Ignorant Countries On The Planet

10th Most Ignorant - Indonesia

10th Most Ignorant - Indonesia

These results are, of course, based on a survey and as we know it is impossible to survey absolutely everybody in a whole country. Having said that, hopefully those surveyed represented each country a whole.

9th - Turkey

9th - Turkey

Interviews conducted by Ipsos Mori, were undertaken late last year among a total of 27, 250 people who were aged between 18 and 64. The results were compiled to form the Index of Ignorance.



8th - Singapore

8th - Singapore

Perhaps one limitation of the surveys is that only forty of the planet's countries are included. But having said that, the forty countries chosen were what we might consider "major" countries.

7th - Thailand

7th - Thailand

For each country which was involved, surveys were conducted with somewhere between 500 and 1,000 people.



6th - Brazil

6th - Brazil

Each person questioned as part of the survey was asked a variety of questions about their own country. Such questions included topics such as what their nation spends on health care, the population of their nation, and the proportion of Muslims that lived in their country.

5th - USA

5th - USA

We don't really want to pick on the USA here, but it is perhaps a little surprising to find it on the list of most ignorant given that it is a rich, first world, country. It's the largest economy in the world!



4th - South Africa

4th - South Africa

Why it is surprising to see a rich nation such as the States on the wrong end of the list is that many would expect that the most ignorant countries in the world also be among the least developed.

3rd - Taiwan

3rd - Taiwan

Interestingly, the United States is not the only country to buck this trend, as we will discover on the flip side of this list.



2nd - China

2nd - China

The planet's largest nation, China is the second most ignorant country in the world. How much of this may be attributed to the nation's government and it's willingness to control information?

Most Ignorant Country - India

Most Ignorant Country - India

It both makes sense and is a surprise to find that India is the most ignorant nation in the world, depending upon which way you look at it. On one hand, it is a massive country with much poverty and lack of access to information, but on the other, it is a land of such diversity that we might think it hard to go through life without an understanding of the different cultures, languages, religions and people around you.



10th Least Ignorant - Sweden

10th Least Ignorant - Sweden

Now we turn to the least ignorant countries on the planet - those whose citizens seem to have a good grasp on many issues that face them at home, in their own nation.

9th - Norway

9th - Norway

Whilst we have had one or two nations seemingly out of place already (and at least one to come) where the wealth and information correlation is concerned, most of the countries at the "least ignorant" end of the spectrum back-up the the idea that a rich country is less ignorant.



8th - Italy

8th - Italy

Even a country like Italy, with so much history and culture to get lost in, remains as one of the least ignorant countries on the planet.

7th - Germany

7th - Germany

Perhaps Germany is the perfect example of how a country that was, at one time, considered to be almost synonymous with ignorance, can turn it all around because of a few dollars in the bank.



6th - Australia

6th - Australia

Is Australia's isolation, down there at the bottom of the world, a good thing for their own understanding of how things work, or does isolation work against them? The nation's place on this list might argue the former.

5th - Malaysia

5th - Malaysia

Malaysia is, like the United States, mixing up the program a little - only for the opposite reasons. When we think rich and developed nations, Malaysia still has a long way to go to be included among the USA, the UK, Australia, Japan, Canada, and the northern European nations, however, despite it's relative position, it appears to be less ignorant than all those most of those nations mentioned. I did say "most"...



4th - Czech Republic

4th - Czech Republic

We're now getting towards the pointy end of those nations on the planet which may be considered the "least ignorant"....

3rd - South Korea

3rd - South Korea

South Korea has its troubles over the border but who knows, perhaps this conflict and longing for unity actually adds to its citizens' understanding....



2nd - United Kingdom

2nd - United Kingdom

Interestingly, the United Kingdom is the second least ignorant nation of the forty surveyed. I guess it makes sense considering how multi-cultural it is, however, the same might be said of the USA and India, and they're up the other end.

The Least Ignorant County - Netherlands

The Least Ignorant County - Netherlands

...And there we have it, the world's least ignorant nation: The Netherlands!

Other nation of the 40 surveyed that found themselves in the middle, neither in the top 10 least or most ignorant, were; Mexico, Canada, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Philippines, Hong Kong, Israel, Denmark, Argentina, France, Vietnam, Peru, Spain, Chile, Hungary, Japan, Belgium, Poland and Colombia.