Which country has the most Nobel Prize winners?

 
Billy Ehrenberg
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Which country has the most Nobel Prize winners?

It may not surprise you to find out that the United States is in first place with 256, but the UK can be proud: we've had 93 winners. That isn't bad for a country with around a fifth of the US population.

The UK has some famous names among its laureates including William Golding, author of the famous Lord of the Flies, who won the literature prize in 1983 for:

His novels which, with the perspicuity of realistic narrative art and the diversity and universality of myth, illuminate the human condition in the world of today.

Last year Scottish physicist Peter Higgs won the physics prize when his theoretical particle (dubbed the Higgs Boson) was all but confirmed to exist by experiments at the Large Hadron collider.

But which countries have the most winners? Here is the answer, mapped. Darker countries have had more winners. It's important to consider that some laureates came from countries that no longer exist and that this is based on their country of birth if they were to have been born today.

Darker countries have had more winners. It's important to consider that some laureates came from countries that no longer exist and that this is based on their country of birth if they were to have been born today.

Nobel Prize winners

And here are the biggest achievers by number of winners:

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