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Countries with the Highest GDP per Square Kilometer

Name the countries that generate the most economic output per square kilometer of surface area.
There is no data available for the Vatican
2019 forecast by the IMF. Source. CIA World Factbook as a backup source.
In U.S. dollars. Using the Purchasing Power Parity method
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First submittedDecember 11, 2016
Last updatedMarch 8, 2019
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$ / sq km
Country
3,798 mil
Monaco
810 mil
Singapore
103 mil
Bahrain
70.4 mil
Malta
36.2 mil
San Marino
36.1 mil
Taiwan
32.3 mil
Qatar
$ / sq km
Country
31.1 mil
Liechtenstein
27.0 mil
Luxembourg
26.4 mil
Maldives
24.3 mil
Netherlands
22.4 mil
South Korea
18.7 mil
Belgium
18.1 mil
Kuwait
$ / sq km
Country
17.1 mil
Israel
15.7 mil
Mauritius
15.4 mil
Japan
13.9 mil
Switzerland
13.0 mil
United Kingdom
12.8 mil
Germany
12.6 mil
Barbados
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level 69
Dec 12, 2016
Interesting quiz idea. Those are some amazing statistics even for the countries at the bottom of this scale in my opinion. Monaco's is just mind blowing. 3.3 billion dollars per square km?!
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level 83
Dec 12, 2016
Yeah, that's actually a really interesting case--since Monaco's total area is about 7/9 of a square mile, their GDP/SqMi is actually more than their GDP.
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level 61
Sep 18, 2019
yes interesting indeed, though I think after the 3rd answer or something I was allready thinking per capita and no per km² haha, might have gotten the last four I missed (which were the last 4 of the stats aswell)
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level 85
Dec 12, 2016
No Vatican City?
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level 63
Dec 12, 2016
There is no data available for the Vatican.
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level 67
Apr 19, 2017
I don't think the Vatican produces anything, they rely on incoming income.
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level 66
May 30, 2019
@Malbaby tourists buying stuff might still generate a decent 'income' for a country that small.
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level 61
Sep 18, 2019
It is only 0,44km² so a few hunderd meter by a few hunderd meter. They have a gift shop, but I suppose that money goes to the church and the uphold of the buildings and not to any of the indviduals that live there (which for 95% are clergy or part of the swiss guard)
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level 71
Dec 13, 2016
I've been to Malta and every square inch seems accounted for but I had no idea they were so productive. Tourism maybe?
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level 65
Jan 18, 2017
Malta is a hub for financial services and gaming. And of course, tourism plays a major role!
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level 82
Dec 14, 2016
Missed the islands because started guessing those only as time was running out and didn't have a clue in which order to guess. Nice one.
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level 79
Nov 19, 2018
Ditto.
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level 60
Apr 19, 2017
Would never have guessed Maldives.
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level 69
May 30, 2019
A lot of high-end tourism in a small area, I guess
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level 64
Apr 19, 2017
I am stunned that Brunei isn't on here. Small country, and I thought the Sultan's wealth alone would be enough to have them make the quiz.
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level 62
Apr 19, 2017
I guessed Brunei too, I wonder if it is because the wealth is focused in one household and the rest of the people are dirt poor? Amazed to see Malta made the list, just started guessing small industrialized countries. Very good quiz, makes you really think. I hope there are more.
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level 59
Apr 19, 2017
Most probably that wealth doesn't generate any GDP. Having a lot of capital and using that capital productively aren't the same thing.
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level 69
Mar 27, 2018
Brunei has the 5th highest per capita GDP in the world, so that's certainly not the problem. The issue is that it is too sparsely populated - only ranked 142 in the world for population density. The populace is extremely wealthy, but relatively spread out (compared to the rest of this list).
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level 71
May 30, 2019
@Corrode - But Monaco is capital-rich rather than productive, isn't it?
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level 61
Sep 19, 2019
@findlay that doesnt make much sense. If they were more populated, they would score lower per capita (because it means per person, more people means it gets divided by a bigger number) and spread out or lumped together doesnt matter either. In this case the amount of people and how and where they live does not mattter at all. Just the area of the country.
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level 61
Sep 19, 2019
@officerdibble, monaco is one big capital, so it is capital rich yes, primarily made up of capital :P
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level 78
Jun 19, 2018
interesting to see uk on the list, but actually most of the wealth generated is in the south-east and london. Those two combined would be $61M/km^2 (using GVA) and london on its own would be $208M/km^2. New York's $1.4Tn translates to a ratio of $1154M/km^2. Even in that context Monaco really is high. Is there a version of this for metropolitan areas?
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level 71
Oct 3, 2018
Wow, wouldn't have guessed Germany.
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level 38
Nov 26, 2018
missed Barbados
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level 53
Apr 7, 2019
Surprised UAE isn't on here
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level 77
May 30, 2019
and Kuwait. and Austria. and Ireland. and Brunei.
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level 71
May 30, 2019
Kuwait is on (and was at the time of your comment, since the quiz was last updated in March).
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level 77
May 30, 2019
hm... so it is. I guess it's just the UAE that's the odd one out. But it is a bit bigger that the other non-Saudi Gulf countries.
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level 57
May 31, 2019
Ireland has a very low population density compared for example to the UK. Its GDP per capita would need to be within the region of maybe 7 or 8 times higher than the UK's to get on here. Ireland's GDP per capita is higher than the UK's, but not that much higher.
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level 57
May 30, 2019
Very interesting quiz!
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