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Saturday, 06 March 2010
FIDE offers us a chart of top chess countries in terms of average rating of top-10 players and number of titled players. However, it is clear that the larger the country, the higher its chances are. Therefore, it is also interesting to see which nations have the largest number of GMs per capita, i.e. are strongest relatively:

Rank   Countries  Amount 
# 1   Iceland: 3.033 per 100,000 population   
# 2   Andorra: 1.417 per 100,000 population   
# 3   Armenia: 0.57 per 100,000 population   
# 4   Israel: 0.526 per 100,000 population   
# 5   Serbia and Montenegro: 0.462 per 100,000 population   
# 6   Slovenia: 0.448 per 100,000 population   
# 7   Georgia: 0.406 per 100,000 population   
# 8   Croatia: 0.4 per 100,000 population   
# 9   Latvia: 0.393 per 100,000 population   
# 10   Macedonia, Republic of: 0.391 per 100,000 population   

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# 11   Hungary: 0.36 per 100,000 population   
# 12   Bulgaria: 0.309 per 100,000 population   
# 13   Estonia: 0.3 per 100,000 population   
# 14   Luxembourg: 0.213 per 100,000 population   
# 15   Czech Republic: 0.186 per 100,000 population   
# 16   Azerbaijan: 0.177 per 100,000 population   
# 17   Norway: 0.174 per 100,000 population   
= 18   Lithuania: 0.167 per 100,000 population   
= 18   Sweden: 0.167 per 100,000 population   
# 20   Denmark: 0.166 per 100,000 population   
# 21   Slovakia: 0.129 per 100,000 population   
= 22   Netherlands: 0.116 per 100,000 population   
= 22   Qatar: 0.116 per 100,000 population   
= 24   Bosnia and Herzegovina: 0.113 per 100,000 population   
= 24   Ukraine: 0.113 per 100,000 population   
# 26   Russia: 0.109 per 100,000 population   
# 27   Cuba: 0.106 per 100,000 population   
# 28   Finland: 0.096 per 100,000 population   
# 29   Greece: 0.094 per 100,000 population   
# 30   Switzerland: 0.093 per 100,000 population   
# 31   Moldova: 0.09 per 100,000 population   
# 32   Belarus: 0.078 per 100,000 population   
# 33   Germany: 0.074 per 100,000 population   
= 34   Kazakhstan: 0.072 per 100,000 population   
= 34   Mongolia: 0.072 per 100,000 population   
# 36   Romania: 0.063 per 100,000 population   
= 37   Austria: 0.061 per 100,000 population   
= 37   Turkmenistan: 0.061 per 100,000 population   
# 39   Spain: 0.059 per 100,000 population   
# 40   Poland: 0.052 per 100,000 population   
# 41   France: 0.048 per 100,000 population   
# 42   Singapore: 0.045 per 100,000 population   
# 43   United Arab Emirates: 0.039 per 100,000 population   
# 44   Uzbekistan: 0.034 per 100,000 population   
# 45   Argentina: 0.033 per 100,000 population   
= 46   Belgium: 0.029 per 100,000 population   
= 46   Uruguay: 0.029 per 100,000 population   
= 48   Portugal: 0.028 per 100,000 population   
= 48   Albania: 0.028 per 100,000 population   
= 50   Costa Rica: 0.025 per 100,000 population   
= 50   Ireland: 0.025 per 100,000 population   
= 52   United States: 0.02 per 100,000 population   
= 52   Tunisia: 0.02 per 100,000 population   
= 54   Chile: 0.019 per 100,000 population   
= 54   Kyrgyzstan: 0.019 per 100,000 population   
# 56   Canada: 0.018 per 100,000 population   
# 57   Paraguay: 0.016 per 100,000 population   
# 58   Tajikistan: 0.014 per 100,000 population   
# 59   Australia: 0.01 per 100,000 population   
# 60   Italy: 0.009 per 100,000 population   
= 61   Peru: 0.007 per 100,000 population   
= 61   Ecuador: 0.007 per 100,000 population   
= 61   Colombia: 0.007 per 100,000 population   
# 64   Vietnam: 0.005 per 100,000 population   
= 65   Turkey: 0.003 per 100,000 population   
= 65   Brazil: 0.003 per 100,000 population   
= 65   Iran: 0.003 per 100,000 population   
= 65   Indonesia: 0.003 per 100,000 population   
= 65   Mexico: 0.003 per 100,000 population   
= 65   Morocco: 0.003 per 100,000 population   
= 71   Bangladesh: 0.002 per 100,000 population   
= 71   Burma: 0.002 per 100,000 population   
= 73   China: 0.001 per 100,000 population   
= 73   Egypt: 0.001 per 100,000 population   
= 73   India: 0.001 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Suriname: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Rwanda: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Uganda: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Mauritius: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Aruba: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Pakistan: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Afghanistan: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Sudan: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Liechtenstein: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Namibia: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Algeria: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Angola: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Macau: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Bahrain: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Malaysia: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Barbados: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Nicaragua: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Botswana: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Papua New Guinea: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Bermuda: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   South Africa: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Bolivia: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Trinidad and Tobago: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Brunei: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   British Virgin Islands: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Sri Lanka: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Zambia: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Cyprus: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   El Salvador: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Libya: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Ethiopia: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Monaco: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Fiji: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Malta: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Faroe Islands: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Nepal: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Guernsey: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Netherlands Antilles: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Guatemala: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   New Zealand: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Hong Kong: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Panama: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Honduras: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Puerto Rico: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Iraq: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Seychelles: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Japan: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   San Marino: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Jersey: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Syria: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Jamaica: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Thailand: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Jordan: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Venezuela: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Kenya: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Virgin Islands: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Kuwait: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Yemen: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Lebanon: 0 per 100,000 population   
= 76   Zimbabwe: 0 per 100,000 population   

Source: http://www.nationmaster.com

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