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Richest Countries in the World – Top Names

Updated on January 3, 2011

This hub includes list of most developed countries with the Largest Economies by GDP, inflation rate, unemployment rate and other factors.


Qatar is an Arab country, known officially as an emirate, in the Middle East. Qatar is located in Middle East, peninsula bordering the Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia. Qatar transformed itself from a poor British protectorate noted mainly for pearling into an independent state with significant oil and natural gas revenues.  Qatar's proved reserves of natural gas exceed 25 trillion cubic meters, about 14% of the world total and third largest in the world.

Area: 11,586 sq km

Natural Resources: Petroleum, Natural Gas, Fish

Industries: Liquefied Natural gas, Crude Oil Production and Refining, Ammonia, Petrochemicals, Fertilizers, Steel Reinforcing Bars, Commercial Ship Repair , Cement

Population: 840,935

Ethnic Groups: Arab 40%, Indian 18%, Pakistani 18%, Iranian 10%, other 14%

Religions: Muslim 77.5%, Christian 8.5%, Others 14%

Literacy Rate: 90%

GDP (Purchasing Power Parity): $100.6 billion

GDP (Official Exchange Rate): $98.29 billion

GDP - Real Growth Rate: 9.3%

GDP - Per Capita (PPP): $121,000

Unemployment Rate: 0.4%

Inflation Rate: -4.7%


Luxembourg is a landlocked country in Western Europe. It is located in Western Europe between France and Germany. The Luxembourg economy depends on foreign and cross-border workers for about 60% of its labor force. Luxembourg is among the most fascinating tourism destinations for those attracted by the old world charm inherent in stonework and their rich cultural heritage.

Area: 2,586 sq km

Natural Resources: Iron Ore, Arable Land

Industries: Banking, Financial Services, Information Technology, Iron and Steel, Telecommunications, Food Processing, Cargo Transportation, Chemicals, Engineering, Metal Products, Tires, Glass, Tourism, Aluminum

Population: 497,545

Ethnic Groups: Luxembourger 63.1%, Portuguese 13.3%, French 4.5%, Italian 4.3%, German 2.3%, Other EU 7.3%, Other 5.2%

Religions: Roman Catholic 87%, Others (includes Protestant, Jewish, and Muslim) 13%

Literacy Rate: 100%

GDP (Purchasing Power Parity): $39.06 billion

GDP (Official Exchange Rate): $98.30 billion

GDP - Real Growth Rate: -3.2%

GDP - Per Capita (PPP): $79,530

Unemployment Rate: 5.2%

Inflation Rate: 0.3%


Norway is a Nordic country in Northern Europe occupying the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula, as well as Jan Mayen and the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. It is located in Northern Europe, bordering the North Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, west of Sweden. Norway is the beautiful country is covered by glaciers, rivers, and mountains. Discovery of oil and gas in adjacent waters in the late 1960s boosted Norway's economic fortunes.

Area: 323,801 sq km

Natural Resources: Petroleum, Natural gas, Copper, Iron Ore, Lead, Titanium, Zinc, Pyrites, Nickel, Fish, Hydropower, Timber

Industries:  Petroleum and Gas, Food Processing, Shipbuilding, Pulp and Paper Products, Metals, Chemicals, Timber, Mining, Textiles, Fishing

Population: 4,676,310

Ethnic Groups: Norwegian 94.4%, Other European 3.6%, Others 2%

Religions: Church of Norway 85.7%, Pentecostal 1%, Roman Catholic 1%, Other Christian 2.4%, Muslim 1.8%, other 8.1%

Literacy Rate: 100%

GDP (Purchasing Power Parity): $267.3 billion

GDP (Official Exchange Rate): $378.4 billion

GDP - Real Growth Rate: -1.5%

GDP - Per Capita (PPP): $57,500

Unemployment Rate: 3.1%

Inflation Rate: -2%


Brunei is a sovereign state located north of the island of Borneo and is known to the whole world as one of the richest country. Brunei benefits from extensive petroleum and natural gas fields, the source of one of the highest per capita GDPs in Asia.

Area: 110,879 sq km

Natural Resources: Bauxite, Copper, Zinc, Lead, Timber, Coal, Arable Land

Industries: Electricity, Gas, Water, Beverages, Food, Machinery and Equipment, Tobacco, Base Metals, Coke, Chemical Products, Nuclear Fuel, Refined Petroleum

Population: 7,148,789

Ethnic Groups: Bulgarian 83.9%, Turk 9.4%, Roma 4.7%, Other 2% (including Macedonian, Armenian, Tatar, Circassian)

Religions: Bulgarian Orthodox 82.6%, Muslim 12.2%, Other Christian 1.2%, Others 4%

Literacy Rate: 98.5%

GDP (Purchasing Power Parity): $91.48 billion

GDP (Official Exchange Rate): $46.1 billion

GDP - Real Growth Rate: -4.7%

GDP - Per Capita (PPP): $12,500

Unemployment Rate: 8.5%

Inflation Rate: 1.5%

United States

The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district. It is located in North America, bordering both the North Atlantic Ocean and the North Pacific Ocean, between Canada and Mexico. USA is considered one of the most powerful countries in the entire world. Over a span of more than five decades, the economy has achieved steady growth, low unemployment and inflation, and rapid advances in technology.

Area: 9,826,675 sq km

Natural Resources: Coal, Copper, Lead, Phosphates, Molybdenum, Uranium, Rare Earth Elements, gold, Iron,  Bauxite, Nickel, Potash, Silver Mercury, Tungsten, Zinc, Petroleum, Natural gas, Timber

Industries: Petroleum, Steel, Aerospace, Motor Vehicles, Telecommunications, Chemicals, Food Processing, Electronics, Consumer Goods. Lumber, Mining

Population: 310,232,950

Ethnic Groups: white 79.96%, black 12.85%, Asian 4.43%, Amerindian and Alaska native 0.97%, Native Hawaiian and other Pacific islander 0.18%, two or more races 1.61%

Religions: Protestant 51.3%, Roman Catholic 23.9%, Mormon 1.7%, other Christian 1.6%, Jewish 1.7%, Buddhist 0.7%, Muslim 0.6%, other or unspecified 2.5%, unaffiliated 12.1%, none 4%

Literacy Rate: 99.3%

GDP (Purchasing Power Parity): $14.10 trillion

GDP (Official Exchange Rate): $14.9 trillion

GDP - Real Growth Rate: -2.5%

GDP - Per Capita (PPP): $46,100

Unemployment Rate: 9.2%

Inflation Rate: -0.2%


Switzerland is a federal republic consisting of 26 cantons, with Bern as the seat of the federal authorities. Switzerland is located in Central Europe, east of France, north of Italy. Switzerland is well- known for its unique beauty. Switzerland has always been considered as the dream holiday destination in the world. Switzerland is a landlocked country surrounded by Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Switzerland's economy benefits from a highly developed service sector, led by financial services, and a manufacturing industry that specializes in high-technology, knowledge-based production.

Area: 41,277 sq km

Natural Resources: Hydropower Potential, Salt, Timber

Industries: Machinery, Watches, Chemicals, Textiles, Precision Instruments, Banking and Insurance


Population: 7,623,445

Ethnic Groups: German 65%, French 18%, Italian 10%, Romansch 1%, Others 6%

Religions: Roman Catholic 41.8%, Protestant 35.3%, Muslim 4.3%, Orthodox 1.8%, Christian 0.4%, Others 1%, Unspecified 4.3%, None 11.1%

Literacy Rate: 99%

GDP (Purchasing Power Parity): $312.3 billion

GDP (Official Exchange Rate): $490.7 billion

GDP - Real Growth Rate: -1.8%

GDP - Per Capita (PPP): $41,170

Unemployment Rate: 3.6%

Inflation Rate: -0.4%


The Netherlands is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It is located in Western Europe bordering the North Sea between Belgium and Germany. Netherlands is a charming country known for its ancient windmills, old buildings, scenic beauty, and tulip gardens. A modern, industrialized nation, the Netherlands is also a large exporter of agricultural products. The Netherlands economy is noted for stable industrial relations, moderate unemployment and inflation, a sizable current account surplus, and an important role as a European transportation hub.

Area: 41,543 sq km

Natural Resources: Petroleum, Natural Gas, Peat, Limestone, Sand and Gravel, Salt, Arable Land

Industries: Agro Industries, Electrical Machinery and Equipment, Metal and Engineering Products, Chemicals, Petroleum, Construction, Microelectronics, Fishing

Population: 16,783,092

Ethnic Groups: Dutch 80.7%, EU 5%, Indonesian 2.4%, Turkish 2.2%, Surinamese 2%, Moroccan 2%, Caribbean 0.8%, Others 4.8%

Religions: Roman Catholic 30%, Dutch Reformed 11%, Calvinist 6%, other Protestant 3%, Muslim 5.8%, other 2.2%, none 42%

Literacy Rate: 99%

GDP (Purchasing Power Parity): $659.1 billion

GDP (Official Exchange Rate): $796.7 billion

GDP - Real Growth Rate: -3.9%

GDP - Per Capita (PPP): $39,400

Unemployment Rate: 4.8%

Inflation Rate: 1.2%


Australia is a country in the Southern Hemisphere comprising the mainland of the Australian continent. It is located at Oceania continent between the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific Ocean. Australia is one of the top economies of the world blessed with natural resources. This country took advantage of its natural resources to rapidly develop agricultural and manufacturing industries.

Area: 7,741,218 sq km

Natural Resources: Bauxite, Iron Ore , Coal, Copper, Silver, Tin, Gold, Uranium, Nickel, Tungsten, Rare Earth Elements, Mineral Sands, Lead, Zinc, Diamonds, Natural Gas, Petroleum

Industries: Mining, Food Processing, Industrial and Transportation Equipment, Chemicals, Steel

Population: 21,515,752

Ethnic Groups: White 92%, Asian 7%, Aboriginal, Others 1%

Religions: Catholic 25.8%, Anglican 18.7%, Uniting Church 5.7%, Presbyterian and Reformed 3%, Eastern Orthodox 2.7%, other Christian 7.9%, Buddhist 2.1%, Muslim 1.7%, other 2.4%, unspecified 11.3%, None 18.7%

Literacy Rate: 100%

GDP (Purchasing Power Parity): $848.2 billion

GDP (Official Exchange Rate): $992.2 billion

GDP - Real Growth Rate: 1.3%

GDP - Per Capita (PPP): $39,850

Unemployment Rate: 5.3%

Inflation Rate: 1.7%


Austria s a landlocked country of roughly 8.3 million people in Central Europe. It is located at Central Europe, north of Italy and Slovenia. Austria is a very popular holiday destination amongst people looking for activity holidays. Austria, with its well-developed market economy and high standard of living, is closely tied to other EU economies, especially Germany's. The Austrian economy has benefited greatly in the past from strong commercial relations, especially in the banking and insurance sectors, with central, eastern, and southeastern Europe.

Area: 83,870 sq km

Natural Resources: Oil, Coal, Timber, Lignite, Iron Ore, Antimony, Copper, Zinc, Magnesite, Tungsten, Graphite, Hydropower, Salt

Industries: Construction, Vehicles and Parts, Machinery, Chemicals, Food, Metals, Lumber and Wood Processing, Communications Equipment, Paper and Paperboard, Tourism

Population: 8,214,160

Ethnic Groups: Austrians 91.1%, former Yugoslavs 4% (includes Croatians, Slovenes, Serbs, and Bosniaks), Turks 1.6%, German 0.9%, Others 2.4%

Religions: Roman Catholic 73.6%, Protestant 4.7%, Muslim 4.2%, other 3.5%, unspecified 2%, none 12%

Literacy Rate: 99%

GDP (Purchasing Power Parity): $321.5 billion

GDP (Official Exchange Rate): $382.2 billion

GDP - Real Growth Rate: -3.6%

GDP - Per Capita (PPP): $39,220

Unemployment Rate: 4.6%

Inflation Rate: 0.3%


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      Abhishek Raj 6 years ago from New Delhi

      amazing hub..

      really enjoyed reading it..:)