Special Report

Richest Countries in the World

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25. France
> GNI per capita: $39,784
> 2017 GDP: $2.6 trillion (10th out of 196 countries)
> Population: 67.1 million
> Life expectancy at birth: 82.5 years

With a gross domestic product of more than $2.6 trillion in 2017, France is one of the wealthiest countries in the world. The French created nearly $40,000 in economic output per person in 2017. Like many other very wealthy nations, France’s economy is complex and diverse, exporting over $500 billion worth of goods and services annually. The country’s exports in 2017 included aerospace and automobile parts, medications, and more than $10 billion worth of wine.

Wealthy countries can afford to invest in health care infrastructure, and their residents can afford to lead healthier lives. As a result, the wealthiest nations tend to have the best health outcomes in the world. France’s life expectancy at birth of 82.5 years is more than a decade higher than the average life expectancy worldwide.

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24. Finland
> GNI per capita: $41,509
> 2017 GDP: $225.9 billion (61st out of 196 countries)
> Population: 5.5 million
> Life expectancy at birth: 81.4 years

Finland is one of just two dozen countries in the world where GNI per capita was over $40,000 in 2017. Finland has one of the most diverse export economies in the world, selling paper goods, refined petroleum, and various machinery around the world.

Finland’s relative prosperity is more evenly distributed among its residents. Likely in part due to the relative equality of the society, the Nordic country’s poverty rate is the lowest among all countries for which there is data. The country also has some of the best health outcomes as measured by life expectancy, maternal mortality, and infant mortality.

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23. Bahrain
> GNI per capita: $41,557
> 2017 GDP: $64.7 billion (100th out of 196 countries)
> Population: 1.5 million
> Life expectancy at birth: 77.0 years

Bahrain’s high gross national income per capita of $41,557 is bolstered by the country’s very low unemployment rate. Less than 1% of the labor force in Bahrain is out of a job — the second lowest unemployment rate of any country on this list. The country relies heavily on natural resources, particularly petroleum. Of the nation’s exports in 2017, 38% came from refined petroleum. Iron ore and aluminum exports accounted for another 5.6%.

Bahrain’s population is growing faster than any other country on this list, ranking second in the world with an annual population growth of 4.6%, more than four times the rate of the world’s annual population growth.

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22. Belgium
> GNI per capita: $43,260
> 2017 GDP: $486.5 billion (38th out of 196 countries)
> Population: 11.4 million
> Life expectancy at birth: 81.4 years

Belgium leans heavily on exports to keep its economy running. The country’s exports of goods and services accounted for more than 85% of GDP. Worldwide, exports account for less than 30% of total GDP. Belgium primary exports include medicine, cars, refined petroleum, and diamonds.

To stay on the cutting edge of the products it manufactures and sells, research and development expenditure accounts for nearly 2.5% of Belgium’s GDP, one of the highest shares of any country in the world.

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21. Australia
> GNI per capita: $43,555
> 2017 GDP: $1.1 trillion (20th out of 196 countries)
> Population: 24.6 million
> Life expectancy at birth: 82.5 years

Australia is one of just 23 countries with a GDP of more than $1 trillion. Australia relies heavily on exports of natural resources — particularly iron ore. It is the world’s leading exporter of the mineral, accounting for 52% of the world’s total supply. This pumps tens of billions of dollars into the national economy, accounting for one-fifth of Australia’s total exports.

This relative affluence allows Australians to live relatively long, healthy lives. Only a handful of countries have a longer average life expectancy at birth than Australia’s 82.5 years.

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