About Mensa

Mensa was founded in England in 1946 by a barrister named Roland Berrill, and Dr. Lance Ware, a scientist and lawyer. They wanted to create a society for bright people, the only qualification for membership being a high IQ.

Mensa is today a global organisation with more than 150,000 members in more than 100 countries around the world.

Mensa's stated purposes are:

  • to identify and foster human intelligence for the benefit of humanity;
  • to encourage research into the nature, characteristics, and uses of intelligence;
  • to provide a stimulating intellectual and social environment for its members.
While the Nordic Mensa Fund is an independent entity, its roots are within Mensa. The Mensa name and the Mensa logo are the property of Mensa International who has graciously given the Fund permission to use the Mensa name.

Mensa in the Nordic countries

Mensa has national chapters in four of the Nordic countries. In Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. There are more than 15,000 members in the Nordic countries combined. Read more about the different national chapters by clicking the flags.