XY scatter chart showing the distribution of fields medals for mathematics by nation per capita. New Zealand comes first with 1 medal and a per capita index of 23.2, followed by Norway with 1 and 20.6, Finland with 1 and 18.7 and Belgium with 2 and 18.7. The medians are 1 medal and an index of 8.1.

In per capita terms, small countries fill the top ranking positions as regards the number of Fields medalists, with New Zealand, Norway, Finland and Belgium leading the list. They are followed by France that, with 11 medals, is the first of the big nations in this ranking, achieving an index of 17.6 or more than twice the median (8.1).

 

Fields Medal for Mathematics
Per capita, 1936 - 2010

Country

Number

Population 2010

Per capita

(million)(number/millionx100)
Australia121.514.6
Belgium210.7018.7
China11,354.150.1
Finland15.3518.7
France1162.6417.6
Germany182.061.2
Israel17.2913.7
Italy160.101.7
Japan3127.002.4
New Zealand14.3023.2
Norway14.8620.6
Russia9140.376.4
Soviet Union ¹3  
Sweden19.2910.8
United Kingdom661.909.7
United States13317.644.1
Vietnam189.031.1
Median1 8.1
¹ 3 former Soviet Union medallists included in Russia.

 

Sources: International Mathematical Union and United Nations Population Division.

 

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