Five Biggest Economies by Continent

For each continent, guess the five countries that have the biggest economies.
2021 forecast. World Economic Outlook (April 2021 edition). More info here.
In U.S. dollars. Purchasing Power Parity method.
If a country is in two continents, we adjust the GDP accordingly
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Last updated: April 21, 2021
First submittedFebruary 11, 2016
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Africa
1.34 T
Egypt
1.12 T
Nigeria
753 B
South Africa
515 B
Algeria
295 B
Ethiopia
 
 
Asia
26.7 T
China
10.3 T
India
5.59 T
Japan
3.51 T
Indonesia
2.44 T
South Korea
Europe
4.74 T
Germany
3.33 T
Russia
3.17 T
United Kingdom
3.23 T
France
2.61 T
Italy
 
 
North America
22.7 T
United States
2.61 T
Mexico
1.98 T
Canada
209 B
Dominican Republic
159 B
Guatemala
Oceania
1.42 T
Australia
227 B
New Zealand
35.5 B
Papua New Guinea
11.1 B
Fiji
1.66 B
Solomon Islands
 
 
South America
3.33 T
Brazil
1.02 T
Argentina
781 B
Colombia
492 B
Chile
439 B
Peru
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Level 90
Feb 11, 2016
Almost didn't get the 4th in Asia, I thought it was going to be one of the middle eastern countries, like Saudi Arabia, Iran, or maybe Turkey.
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Level 48
Feb 11, 2016
You should take my quiz, World Superpowers in 2050. It preps well for this. You'll see patterns.
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Level 38
Apr 3, 2021
same, i was thinking of middle east and pakistan, afghanistan, turkey. surprised to see the 4th country, have seen many stories about poverty there
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Level 25
Jun 16, 2021
As an indonesian myself, and live mostly in island of java, our country is actually economically great, but i admit there is a big gap with the other island especially in outer isolated territory, where u probably hear that poverty news come from
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Level 56
Jun 16, 2021
You thought Afghanistan would be in the top 5 economies in Asia?
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Level 67
Apr 22, 2021
Even if it's poor, Indonesia has a huge population. Also, it seems to me that its economic growth has been pretty successful.
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Level 65
Feb 11, 2016
Thanks :)
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Level 60
Feb 19, 2016
Algeria surprised me.
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Level 82
Feb 19, 2016
Aside from Europe and Asia, it doesn't take much to crack the top 5 of any of these lists.
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Level 63
Feb 19, 2016
Other way around for me, Kalbahamut. It was easy to guess the main countries in Oceania and N. America, but the 4th and 5th nations were just me guessing countries in those continents. Whereas for Europe and Asia I got them all first time, as they're so dominant.
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Level 82
Feb 19, 2016
I wasn't saying anything about how easy they are to guess... just that being top 5 on any of the other continents isn't very impressive. Algeria's economy is tiny compared to Italy's or South Korea's, to say nothing of Cuba or the Solomon Islands. And, actually, I think those countries are harder to guess for that very reason. So you got my comment backwards...

just as an aside, though, the top 5 in Europe and Asia aren't *that* dominant. Saudi Arabia trails South Korea by less than 200 million. Spain trails Italy by about 500 million.

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Level 72
Apr 12, 2019
Using purchasing power parity generally means guessing the most populous countries. All forms of GDP measurement have problems, but PPP skews things to shrink the appearance of inequalities.
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Level 19
Feb 19, 2016
I guessed Algeria and got it.
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Level 64
Apr 18, 2017
Yes, that's how this website works.
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Level 38
Aug 10, 2020
I didn't quite have time to type "Algeria"! Ugh! Good quiz though.
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Level 19
Feb 19, 2016
I got 19/30. Some of them like Russia are really obvious.
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Level 61
Feb 19, 2016
I am surprised to see Angola ahead of Kenya.
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Level 59
Feb 19, 2016
Angola will fall back in 2015/16 with lower oil prices.
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Level 26
Feb 19, 2016
Im going to admit: I aced the Countries of the world quiz so I just named the biggest countries....still worked though(untimed)
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Level 72
Feb 19, 2016
Papua New Guinea is in Oceania, yet Indonesia is in Asia? Huh?
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Level 43
Feb 19, 2016
Indonesia is in considered to be part of both Asia and Oceania; however, it is usually considered to be part of Asia because its capital Jakarta is located in Asia. This is similar to Russia being counted as Europe rather than Asia due to Moscow and Turkey being counted as Asia rather than Europe due to Ankara.
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Level 43
Feb 19, 2016
In addition the vast majority of the populations and land areas of Indonesia and Turkey are located in Asia.
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Level 73
Feb 19, 2016
It's more a cultural and economic association...PNG was administered by Australia until 1975. There is no universally accepted dividing line between these regions
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Level 63
Nov 10, 2017
Politics, power and money tend to determine how these borders are drawn up, often with scant concern for the wishes of the indigenous peoples. There have been countless protests in Irian Jaya(West Papua) for independence, but they are always suppressed by the Indonesian military. A similar problem can be seen on Bougainville Island, which is culturally more akin to the Solomon Islands, but was made a part of Papua New Guinea so Australian mining companies could exploit it. Armed rebels took over an Australian mine there a few years back. East Timor is another example. They fought a war for independence largely ignored by Australia and the UN for 25 years. Easier to maintain the status quo, carve up the Timor Sea gas and oil reserves, and hope the problem goes away.
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Level 78
Feb 19, 2016
I totally blanked on Dominican Republic. I knew it, and I could think of Hispaniola, Santo Domingo, and Haiti, but the correct name just wouldn't connect to my typing fingers. Grrrr!
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Level 65
Feb 19, 2016
29/30. Ran out of time before I could type Nigeria.
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Level 45
Feb 19, 2016
needed more time!!
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Level 21
Feb 19, 2016
I'm surprised Germany was above Russia OG
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Level 64
Sep 28, 2016
Well cars are more expensive than Vodka.
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Level 46
May 18, 2017
I believe the UK actually has a larger economy than France by a majority of sources.
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Level 65
Jun 9, 2017
Algeria was like the one north african country I didn't guess...argh
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Level 87
Aug 25, 2017
I love that you've put together a "largest economy" quiz that includes both China and a country whose economy is 1/23,000th the size of China's.
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Level 63
Aug 25, 2017
Egypt and Nigeria are mixed up.
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Level 58
Aug 25, 2017
How Nigeria is above Egypt, when the GNP is lower?
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Level ∞
Aug 26, 2017
Fixed the order
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Level 71
Aug 27, 2017
It was a little short on time, even though I knew most of the answers and hardly did any guessing…
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Level 59
Nov 10, 2017
I was about to guess Ethiopia but apparently, some part of my brain wanted me to believe Ethiopia was extremely poor when compared to other countries so I ignored it, completely forgetting its high population. Thanks, brain.
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Level 81
Nov 10, 2017
0.01 left :D
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Level 60
Nov 10, 2017
Would have thought that Venezuela wouldn't even be 5th in South America due to their turmoil.
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Level 54
Nov 26, 2017
Oil can give a lot of money, even to a country in turmoil
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Level 57
Nov 12, 2017
how do you make this kind of a quiz format?
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Level 46
Mar 3, 2018
Vamos República Dominicana.
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Level 49
Mar 23, 2018
lol missed an easy one.. facepalm
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Level 15
Aug 20, 2018
Turkey is in eu but is count as Asia
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Level 70
Apr 21, 2021
No, Turkey is not in the EU
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Level 74
Nov 20, 2018
25/30 and still missed Japan.
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Level 65
Mar 9, 2019
why the reset? has any country changed since last year or it was only the figures?
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Level 58
Mar 9, 2019
just right kind of tough to get 100%:))
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Level 34
Apr 12, 2019
Wait, is it by GDP or GNP? If its by GDP then China would be smaller than the United States. But if its GNP, then its switched. ?!?!?!!?
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Level ∞
Apr 12, 2019
As stated in the source it is GDP, purchasing power parity method.
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Level 43
Apr 13, 2019
How do you make it untimed? Still finished with 30/30 but in some quizzes find myself running out of time.
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Level 32
Apr 1, 2020
Phew. I remembered Japan and South Korea and the 8 last seconds. 30/30
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Level 48
Jun 1, 2020
I’m pretty sure that China is going through a heavy blow to its economy right now, due to Covid-19, sanctions and increased unemployment rates, due to this, I’m pretty sure the forecast of the economic measures will be quite obsolete despite this year

being 2020. But hey, they’re just hiding their weaknesses as of now. Just saying.

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Level 34
Jun 21, 2020
100%!! Came down to the last few seconds before I got papua new guinea
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Level 34
Sep 13, 2020
For Africa, I was writing the abbreviations for DRC but then it gave me dominican republic :D
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Level 52
Dec 19, 2020
Interesting how the only 2 continents that don't fall off from Trillions to Billions pretty quickly are Europe and Asia XD
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Level 67
Apr 3, 2021
Europe has a lot of money to make up for its lack of people, and Asia has a lot of people to make up for its lack of money.
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Level 69
Apr 22, 2021
UK and France must be interverted
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Level 58
Apr 22, 2021
Like this...
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Level 64
May 8, 2021
1:38 left with 30/30 on first try. Great!
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Level 51
Jun 16, 2021
Would you mind adding another minute on I had so many wrong guesses that I couldn't get around to North America
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Level 58
Jun 16, 2021
These figures are profoundly off. For instance: Japan has a GDP of over US $5 trillion while that of India is just US $2.8, but the quiz has it listed as over 10 trillion! Furthermore, South Korea's GDP is nearly $1.65 trillion and Indonesia's is under US $1.2 trillion.

These are just the Asian examples! Europe's numbers are also way off, with Russia being listed ahead of the UK and France despite their much higher GDPs in real life.

The WorldBank is my source for all of this. I suggest using it instead of whatever website where these bizarre figures were published.

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Level 55
Jun 16, 2021
Purchasing Power Parity. Which means that a few more things are playing into this e.g. the cost of living, etc.

This means that usually the numbers for "poorer" countries are higher. This is trying to reflect, especially if used as "per capita", how big the gaps between countries is when it comes to buying stuff. Not the best form of measurement but I like the idea

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Level 63
Jun 16, 2021
This quiz uses Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) not raw GDP
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Level ∞
Jun 16, 2021
As many have said, this quiz uses Purchasing Power Parity (PPP).

It's a better measure, in my opinion. So how does it work?

Let's say there are two countries whose economy consists solely of producing apples. Both countries produce exactly one million apples, alike in every way. Which country has the bigger economy?

According to PPP, both countries have the same size economy since they both make the same number of apples. But according to your measure, nominal GDP, it depends on how much the currencies of each country are worth.

I hope you can see why PPP makes more sense intuitively. It also seems to do other things better as well. For instance, it's more consistent year over year, and it is more strongly correlated with life expectancy. When it comes to measuring the size of the economy, PPP just makes more sense.

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Level 24
Jun 17, 2021
I'm surprised by Ethiopia, I always thought they were a fairly poor country.
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Level 49
Jun 17, 2021
Forgot Solomon Islands and Indonesia
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Level 58
Jun 20, 2021
I guess there's a problem between France and UK numbers !