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Countries with Most Nobel Prizes by Continent

For each continent, name the countries who can claim the greatest number of Nobel Laureates.
Either by birth or by citizenship
Source: Wikipedia
Quiz by Lucknowite
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Last updated: October 15, 2023
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First submittedMarch 19, 2019
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Africa
11
South Africa
4
Egypt
2
Liberia
Tunisia
1
Eight countries
 
 
North America
413
United States
27
Canada
3
Mexico
2
Guatemala
St. Lucia
Asia
29
Japan
13
Israel
12
India
8
China
4
Pakistan
Taiwan
 
 
Oceania
14
Australia
3
New Zealand
Europe
138
United Kingdom
115
Germany
76
France
34
Sweden
30
Russia /
Soviet Union
 
 
South America
5
Argentina
2
Colombia
2
Chile
1
Peru
Venezuela
 
 
46 Comments
+24
Level 75
Apr 17, 2019
Nice quiz! That last African country took me a while.
+12
Level 89
Apr 17, 2019
St. Lucia wasn't my first answer.
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Level 72
Apr 18, 2019
I would have never guessed it either, but I remember seeing it on a "Most Prizes per capita " quiz.
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Level 23
Jun 3, 2019
what does St Lucia have to do with Africa?
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Level 61
Nov 27, 2021
Same!
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Level 75
Nov 27, 2021
Well, I knew Derek Walcott, so I tried it.
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Level 23
Mar 9, 2020
yeah because you looked it up lol
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Level 69
Sep 25, 2021
why are you the way that you are
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Level 66
Nov 27, 2021
Most of these were easy and if you know about St. Lucia you have all the time to guess all nations in Africa.
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Level 60
Nov 27, 2021
Or alternatively guess everything in N. America.
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Level 82
Apr 18, 2019
Was surprised Liberia had two until I realised it was the one prize shared between two Liberians. I guess the source gives you countries with most laureates rather than most prizes.
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Level 74
May 5, 2019
St. Lucia??? How???
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Level 63
May 8, 2019
It's so easy to look things up if you're really interested. I did. There is no doubt about the attribution to St. Lucia. That's all I'm gonna say.
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Level 75
Jun 2, 2019
I looked it up - Sir W. Arthur Lewis won for economics in 1979 - his influence was in economic development and expansion of university education in the Caribbean. Sir Derek Walcott won for literature in 1992. He wrote an epic poem about his travels.
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Level 75
Oct 31, 2023
Funny how they both sound like very English names
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Level 56
Jan 13, 2024
Put "Sir" in front of practically anything - that'll do it. For example, "Sir Marie Curie"

Erm, perhaps not actually

+2
Level 67
Jun 2, 2019
Funny one, can't help being curious though, about why people guess Saint Lucia more than Liberia...
+25
Level 72
Jun 2, 2019
Africa has more than twice as many countries than North America. So when you start guessing random countries for each continent, you'll get around to St. Lucia more quickly. That would be my guess. (Or, there's an unusually high number of people from St. Lucia on Jetpunk.)
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Level 79
Oct 16, 2023
This is exactly how I got it. I missed a couple of African ones though as I ran out of time trying every African nation one by one.
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Level 74
Mar 28, 2021
Derek Walcott is significantly more famous than Liberian activists.
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Level 86
Oct 16, 2023
Or we've played the quiz that names St. Lucia as the country with the most Nobel Prizes per capita and the information stuck. That's how I knew it.
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Level 70
Oct 18, 2023
Same. Actually the very first country I guessed because of that.
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Level 48
Jun 2, 2019
I don't know how I got St. Lucia and Liberia as the first guesses from the Caribbean and West Africa...
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Level 50
Jun 2, 2019
Colombia 1 nobel prize literature

Peru 1 nobel prize literature

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Level 68
Oct 15, 2023
ok
+1
Level 45
Jun 2, 2019
Switzerland has won 26 Nobel Prizes, one more than Russia, I think it should be on the list.
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Level 79
Oct 15, 2023
It says Russia/USSR
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Level 67
Jun 4, 2019
Was thinking of Liberia and Sweden but didn't type them for some reason.
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Level 81
Jun 4, 2019
I got them all except France. *Facepalm
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Level 38
Jun 7, 2019
I randomly guessed Algeria and finished with 12 seconds left haha
+24
Level 59
Mar 12, 2020
My favourite country is Six countries. I went there on vacation once and everything there was absolutely beautiful. I highly recommend it.
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Level 60
Oct 15, 2023
I heard it changed its name to Eight countries.
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Level 76
Oct 15, 2023
A tad too many countries for one country for my taste. I'm glad you enjoyed it there though.
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Level 61
Apr 10, 2021
Israel with 1 second to go
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Level 77
Dec 21, 2022
If you're going to use Wikipedia for your source on Nobel prize winners, can you also use Wikipedia for Russia being a trans-continental country, and have it appear in both Asia's and Europe's columns?
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Level 90
Oct 15, 2023
All the Russian winners came from the European side.
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Level 77
Oct 16, 2023
You would have to put France in the South America column too then . . .
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Level 79
Oct 15, 2023
Would be cool to see a breakdown of countries by prize category
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Level 79
Oct 17, 2023
It's not really that cool, but kinda fun to see

https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/285419/countries-with-most-nobel-laureates-by-category-with-exceptions

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Level 66
Dec 4, 2023
Proud of myself for that African country. Used some deductive reasoning that probably wasn't accurate but got it anyway.
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Level 50
Jan 13, 2024
It is quite crazy how Brazil is not even in the top 5 for South America.
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Level 75
Jan 23, 2024
Which means it has none. I was surprised by that too.
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Level 65
Feb 19, 2024
Brazilian Peter Medawar won the 1960 Nobel Prize in Physiology (or Medicine). It was shared with an australian and Peter had dual citizenship as he also was a british citizen. He was born in Brazil, so I think it still should be counted.
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Level 60
Jan 20, 2024
I'm surprised only 88% of folks who took the quiz knew Sweden, the country Alfred Nobel was from and where the Nobel Prizes are hosted every year 😆
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Level 33
Jan 24, 2024
Where is antarctica? ;(
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Level 22
May 15, 2024
Hi,

Can I translate the quiz to German?