areppim XY scatter chart and statistics showing the distribution of Nobel prize for chemistry by nation per capita from 1901 to 2017. Three small countries, Switzerland, Israel, and Sweden sit at the top of the ranking, with per capita indexes of 83, 74 and 51 respectively, or several fold better than the median 13.7 (the average value is given by the red line in the chart). Those countries have an established tradition in the chemical industry, supported by a wealth of first-rate universities and ancillary industries. Nobel prizes appear as a further acknowledgment of that high-grade performance. Other traditional economic powers such as the United Kingdom, Germany and the United States appear in the top tier, with the small New Zealand sneaking into the fifth place.

Three small countries, Switzerland, Israel, and Sweden sit at the top of the ranking, with per capita indexes of 83, 74 and 51 respectively, or several fold better than the median 13.7 (the average value is given by the red line in the chart). Those countries have an established tradition in the chemical industry, supported by a wealth of first-rate universities and ancillary industries. Nobel prizes appear as a further acknowledgment of that high-grade performance. Other traditional economic powers such as the United Kingdom, Germany and the United States appear in the top tier, with the small New Zealand sneaking into the fifth place.

 

Nobel Prize for Chemistry
Per capita
1901 - 2017

Country

Number ¹

Population 2017

Per capita

(million)(number/millionx100)
Argentina142.82.3
Australia124.54.1
Austria28.623.2
Belgium111.38.9
Canada436.610.9
China11,415.80.1
Czech110.89.2
Denmark15.717.5
Egypt187.31.1
Finland15.518.2
France965.613.7
Germany3082.336.4
Hungary19.910.1
Israel68.173.7
Italy161.31.6
Japan5126.34.0
Netherlands416.923.6
New Zealand24.742.7
Norway15.219.0
Russia1141.30.7
Sweden59.850.9
Switzerland78.483.3
Turkey178.21.3
United Kingdom2964.644.9
United States72330.321.8
Median  13.7
Average  20.9
¹ Double nationals are counted twice, once for each nationality.
  Former Soviet Union appears under Russia..
  Former Czechoslovakia appears under Czech Republic.

 

Sources: Nobelprize and UN Population Division

 

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