Richest Countries by Per-Capita GDP

We have a list of the top 21 richest countries based on per-capita income. How many can you name?
2020 estimates. Purchasing power parity. More info here.
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Last updated: April 15, 2020
First submittedJanuary 18, 2013
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Income
Country
$196,000
Monaco
$131,000
Liechtenstein
$128,000
Qatar
$112,000
Luxembourg
$103,000
Singapore
$90,100
Brunei
$86,000
Ireland
Income
Country
$76,900
United Arab Emirates
$75,900
Kuwait
$74,400
Norway
$65,500
Switzerland
$65,500
United States
$59,300
Iceland
$58,400
San Marino
Income
Country
$57,400
Taiwan
$57,300
Netherlands
$56,300
Saudi Arabia
$56,200
Sweden
$56,100
Denmark
$55,600
Malta
$54,300
Australia
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Level 64
Jan 19, 2013
Woah, 0% for Singapore, that's quite a surprise. Yay, first to get it :D
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Level 50
Apr 21, 2020
Wow, it's interesting how the stats change so much over the years...Singapore is guessed by 92% of people taking this quiz...
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Level 17
Jun 10, 2020
85%
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Level 44
Sep 13, 2020
81% for Singapore
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Level 14
Feb 1, 2013
Can't believe I got 100% on this one haha
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Level 76
Feb 1, 2013
That's it! I'm moving to Qatar.
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Level 55
Apr 28, 2014
They probably have really strict immigration laws.
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Level 49
Jun 6, 2014
Actually, Qatar controls citizenship more than immigration. You can move there if you can find somebody who wants to hire you. But you'll never be eligible to become a citizen, no matter how long you're a resident. If you later quit the job, you'll be arrested. Your children, even if born in Qatar, also won't be eligible for citizenship; they'll have the same status you did. Describing the situation as "apartheid" would be a little strong, but only a little; it's definitely not one into which a person would want to place himself and his descendants.
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Level 19
Sep 1, 2014
doesnt sound like a nice place to live
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Level 36
Dec 10, 2014
Qatar's immigration/citizenship/labour laws are very harsh. Bad place for labourers.
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Level 72
Jun 22, 2017
Well, good thing the World Cup will be there in a few years.
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Level 69
Apr 2, 2018
@ThirdParty: you won't be arrested, you will be given a certain period to find another job and renew your visa or else you'll be deported.
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Level 80
Apr 3, 2018
3P: your post is a little over dramatic, with some strands of the story you weave I think coming from neighboring countries. It also depends quite a lot on where you are from. Some expat workers in Qatar are treated very well; others are treated little better than slaves. If it's much like Bahrain, though, then on average the expats with less prestigious passports are still better off there than in Saudi Arabia.

The accurate bit is that Gulf states are teeming with immigrants but they are incredibly stingy when it comes to giving out citizenship. There are strict racial, tribal, and nationalistic hierarchies; some written but many unwritten, that influence how you are treated in these countries.
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Level 80
Apr 3, 2018
some clarity: African and South Asian expats working legally in Saudi Arabia will have a sponsor and they have a lot of restrictions placed on them making it extremely difficult for them to do anything without their sponsor. Employees that find themselves in an abusive relationship with said sponsor might try to escape but if they do the sponsor can file a complaint placing these expats in a difficult legal situation that can take years to resolve.
In Bahrain, however, these same types of expats have a lot more freedom and their rights are better protected. They can move around more easily; I think they can leave the country without their sponsor's approval; and they also can switch jobs much more easily.
I think the situation in Qatar is closer to Bahrain than Saudi Arabia, but I've never actually been to Qatar except to the airport in Doha.

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Level 80
Apr 3, 2018
That being said, if Jezilly wants to move to Qatar to make money, all of the above is no reason not to. Western expats working in Gulf states often earn significantly more than Arab locals do. This is especially true in Oman, Bahrain, and the KSA... though Qataris, Kuwaitis, and Emiratis tend to be pretty well-off. Cost of living is low (outside of Kuwait and Dubai), taxes are minimal if not zero depending on where you work, salaries for certain nationalities are high.
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Level 76
Dec 5, 2015
Money isn't everything...
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Level 37
May 8, 2017
I'm moving to Luxembourg
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Level 65
May 20, 2017
See, Luxembourg would be fun. Castles, chocolate, opera, the ever-present threat of being invaded by countries as small as Belgium ... good times.
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Level 75
Jun 20, 2017
Luxembourg is beautiful, definitely go if you get the chance
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Level 66
Jul 6, 2019
No country is going to invade Luxembourg
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Level 22
Mar 11, 2020
It's also (and I assume most of the countries in this list) incredibly expensive to live. Ridiculously high rent, absurd gas prizes, everything in the shop costs about 3x more than you'll expect.
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Level 77
Apr 15, 2020
Gas is cheap though. And people live in Germany or France anyway.
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Level 67
Apr 16, 2020
This quiz is PPP so it already has calculated in shop costs. (Which therefore not be high to people that work there. But could be quite high for people on vacation. I know not all money in a country is spread evenly amongst its citizens, ). But rent and gas prizes could be high, I believe those are not included. (and ofcourse, not ALL products are measured, so certain things could still cost a lot. I couldnt find a specefice list, but found that over 3000 goods and services were used for comparison (and other things)
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Level 17
Jun 10, 2020
Don't invade Luxembourg pls
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Level 47
Apr 2, 2018
Well i'm going to Monaco
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Level 82
Jul 21, 2020
Way too small, imho. While you might hope to get a good income there, I've looked at the properties and any sensible money would not get enough space to live in. Might work if you have a multinational company paying for you.
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Level 31
Jul 24, 2020
Be careful not to be trampled or smothered
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Level 67
May 28, 2019
I wouldn't even visit Qatar, as I am a criminal in their eyes for being gay..
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Level 58
Jul 25, 2020
While I understand your opinion, according to your map, you have visited Tanzania and Kenya, where same-sex intercourse is illegal as well. And Russia isn't all that LGBT friendly either
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Level 55
May 28, 2019
The only rich people there are Arab oil tycoons. Unless you're Arab and the heir to an oil deposit, you'll never get rich let alone gain citizenship.
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Level 50
Jun 9, 2020
You do all get that this is per-capita right? You can't just move to one of these countries and earn loads of money. The amount given is the total income earned in the country, then divided among the number of inhabitants. So that means you can have one really wealthy individual, and hundreds of really poor ones, and end with a very high per-capita income.
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Level 80
Feb 1, 2013
I've always contended that PPP (purchasing power parity) measures of income are not as relevant as nominal GDP per capita. I can see the arguments both ways. But if you live in a country where the cost of living is very cheap, that doesn't make you rich by international standards. Similarly, if the cost of living is very high, that doesn't make you poor. I made another test based on nominal GDP per capita, averaging data from the CIA World Fact Book (which is probably the most exhaustively researched and accurate set of statistics on world demographics anywhere), the World Bank, the IMF, and the UN.
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Level 80
Feb 1, 2013
just in case anyone wants to take that and compare. Most of the countries listed make both lists, some do not, others are in different order.
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Level 65
Nov 6, 2014
You are one of the only people I see on this site who self replies. And I'm not sure whether thats good or bad...
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Level 80
Dec 25, 2016
In this case I was just too lazy to delete my comment and type something longer.
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Level 78
Apr 4, 2017
I don't see it as "self-replying", I see it as adding additional thoughts, or sometimes giving additional info to clarify a previous comment. I'd say that's good.
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Level 71
Jan 23, 2018
PPP adjustment is intended to account for equivalency of value - for example, The Economist has its famous 'Big Mac Index' to estimate PPP. The idea being, that a Big Mac is identical wherever you go - and if one in Zurich costs the equivalent of $8 while one in NYC is $4, then the cost of goods is double. If salaries are also double, then the two places are considered to be cost-equivalent. There is much more, but that's the short version.
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Level 80
Apr 2, 2018
^ yes I know that. I just don't think it's a relevant way to measure the size of an entire nation's economy. Or income, as it is measured here, which is taking all income paid and then dividing it up per person. And the Big Mac index is a good example of why it's silly. A Big Mac in New York is *not* the same as a Big Mac in Manila. In one place it is shitty low-cost fast food. In another it is a high-end luxury. And its cost is affected by, among many other things, taxes, import duties, local labor costs, rent, market studies, competition, inflation, etc. They're definitely not equivalent and looking at them as if they are, you're going to end up with flawed results.

PPP is useful when looking at, for example, average wages amongst entry-level employees, or... um... it's a short list. It has its uses. It just gets overused a lot. The worst overuse of it is trying to measure total GDP. Per capita income is somewhere in the middle.
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Level 78
Apr 16, 2020
I have never self-replied.
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Level 78
Apr 16, 2020
Oh yes you have!
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Level 20
Feb 2, 2013
Economics right there XD!
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Level 56
Feb 2, 2013
Can't believe Japan not in the list!
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Level 20
Feb 2, 2013
Just because the country is rich (due to high exports in technology), doesn't mean the income is distributed evenly. There probably is poor rural areas in Japan.
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Level 80
May 23, 2014
gandalf is correct. Japan has better income equality than many countries that make the list. They would likely rank higher on a list of highest median incomes.
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Level 82
Dec 6, 2017
Having lived in most areas of Japan, there is certainly low income for many areas. Other areas may be dragged down by tendency for women to stay at home even now as they get tax reductions for dependents. Even in Tokyo a high salary would be $50-100k, as there is still a preference to stay in a stable job rather than move to higher paying one, so it doesn't surprise me that they have a low average salary for the country.
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Level ∞
May 6, 2019
I know this is an old comment, but there are only 14 countries that are more expensive than the United States. Japan is not one of them. Japan is not one of the world's 21 richest countries. It doesn't matter if you use PPP or nominal GDP.
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Level 80
May 7, 2019
^ but in terms of median income they are ahead of Germany, Taiwan, Singapore, Belgium, Qatar, Ireland, and Saudi Arabia.
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Level 66
Jul 6, 2019
No, and the word is are*.
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Level 56
Feb 17, 2013
Forgot Kuwait, but I actually thought of Brunei but didn't think it would go on this list.
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Level 57
Aug 3, 2013
Iceland? really surprised thought their entire economy went down the toilet
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Level 43
Apr 4, 2017
They actually had one of the strongest economic recoveries ever and today their economy is doing OK
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Level 74
Nov 15, 2013
I'm surprised Vatican City isn't on here. Their annual income from investments alone must be massive and they don't have many permanent residents.
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Level 45
May 28, 2019
They have no official gdp
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Level 65
Feb 25, 2014
I shall have to wear the cone of shame for forgetting Monaco
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Level 65
Mar 29, 2014
Ireland really surprised me there
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Level 29
Apr 28, 2014
i said saudi arabia and then assumed there wouldnt be any middle east countries :/
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Level 80
May 23, 2014
Qatar and Kuwait are both tiny compared to Saudi with much smaller, highly-urbanized populations. Both countries have enormous oil resources relative to their size. In absolute terms Saudi has more but measured per square kilometer it falls far behind. Saudis are well off compared to Yemenis, Syrians or Egyptians, but the average Saudi is not wealthy by American or Western European standards.
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Level 80
Apr 4, 2017
Looks like they've moved up quite a few places in the rankings as Saudi is on the list now and not even at the bottom. But still behind Qatar and Kuwait and the Emirates.
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Level 80
May 8, 2014
Japan is not on the list... it doesn't make sense, seriously.
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Level 80
May 28, 2019
Very high median incomes in Japan, comparatively low mean incomes, and the PPP shenanigans hurts them as well as Japan is an expensive place to live.
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Level 21
May 23, 2014
For. Got. Freaking. AUSTRIA. The last one! Thought I had taken all european ones!
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Level 82
May 23, 2014
I forgot Germany!! Doing too many of these geography quizzes back to back and I start thinking I entered something that I haven't!
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Level 65
May 23, 2014
I always forget about the existence of Taiwan. 19/20
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Level 38
Jun 1, 2014
My problem is that I always mix Taiwan and Sri Lanka around by accident. :P
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Level 55
May 28, 2019
Joke, right? lol
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Level 82
May 25, 2014
Really interesting. Including Iceland who was just about bankrupt a few years ago. Quite a bounce-back.
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Level 44
Aug 14, 2014
(Pulling something out of my ass here) Perhaps it is BECAUSE they are so wealthy that they were able to (somewhat peacefully) dismiss their government and start over. Just a theory.
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Level 49
May 30, 2014
I am punching myself in the face for missing Switzerland
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Level 32
Sep 25, 2014
Why the hell does USA have such high income compared to Switzerland?
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Level 77
Feb 13, 2017
Because PPP. Switzerland is very expensive, USA a bit less.
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Level 14
Oct 19, 2014
interesting
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Level 71
Jan 16, 2015
No Japan and South Korea? Why?
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Level 88
Mar 20, 2015
Because they're ranked 26th and 30th, respectively, while this quiz inexplicably stops at 22. Japan is only $200 below the cutoff, but South Korea is $4k below.
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Level 67
Sep 1, 2015
USA is number 8, but if you take away the richest 1%, I wonder how the stats would look.
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Level 72
Oct 7, 2015
The same stat probably applies to most of these countries
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Level 78
Apr 2, 2018
It's not only income that counts in these stats, but also cost of living. Get away from the coast and many smaller cities in the US have a much lower cost of living.
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Level 58
Sep 8, 2015
Missed Canada and Belgium, nooooooo |-(
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Level 80
Feb 13, 2017
These are the kinds of quizzes I love....100%
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Level 82
Feb 13, 2017
Uhm. You are missing UAE. Between Norway and San Marino. I think I tried to type that about 15 times and wondering why it didn't work.
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Level 82
Feb 13, 2017
Also San Marino should be $65.300, not the same as Norway.
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Level ∞
Feb 14, 2017
Fixed
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Level 52
Apr 4, 2017
That's not per capita INCOME. It's GDP per capita per the CIA.
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Level 64
Apr 4, 2017
Couldn't for the life of me figure out my last one... turns out it was Brunei. Dang.
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Level 60
Apr 4, 2017
wow I didn't even try Ireland since the UK wasn't on the list.
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Level 60
Apr 4, 2017
Brunei?
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Level 80
Apr 2, 2018
oil rich tiny emirate
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Level 28
May 20, 2017
I though Brunei Taiwan and San Marino were just average countries when it comes to money. looking forward to visiting there
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Level 42
Jan 5, 2018
I would have never guessed Ireland was not only on the top of the list, but on the list!
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Level 73
Jan 14, 2018
Were Vatican open and honest about their finances, they'd be topping the list. After all, the Catholic Church is the financially largest 'corporation' after the Mafia, which only surpassed them last year.
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Level 38
Jan 16, 2018
I always forget Brunei on these quizzes...
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Level 74
Jan 23, 2018
Where does Saudi Arabia rank?
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Level 64
Jan 24, 2018
It's below the US
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Level 64
Jan 24, 2018
Iceland isn't in the correct place, neither is Taiwan
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Level ∞
Jan 25, 2018
Fixed
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Level 56
Mar 10, 2018
Surprised to not see Bahrain on here.
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Level 78
Apr 2, 2018
They just discovered a new oil field, maybe that will make a difference in a few years.
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Level 80
Apr 2, 2018
^ Hadn't heard about this new discovery. That's interesting. The country is so tiny, where else could they look? Drilling further down?

Bahrain used up its oil reserves quite a while ago. The country now has a Russian vagina based economy. There are quite a few lower-class neighborhoods around the small island and even in Manama. They are not as wealthy as their Gulf neighbors. But not quite poor, either.
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Level 30
Apr 5, 2018
"The country now has a Russian vagina based economy." Is that a typo? Or do I not understand the reference.
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Level 80
Aug 24, 2018
not a typo. Though last time I was there just a couple months ago I found out that some of the most famous and often-visited RV emporiums in Hoora had been shut down or repurposed, so maybe they're looking to diversify.
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Level 43
Mar 19, 2018
Average person in Ireland is doing better than in Switzerland, Norway or Sweden - very interesting indeed.
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Level 50
May 28, 2019
Not necessarily. It might just mean there are a small number of extremely wealthy people.
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Level 42
Aug 31, 2020
It's more to do with the very low population density, the population still hasn't recovered to where it was before the Irish famine, but the country is still doing very well financially.
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Level 57
Apr 2, 2018
Had no idea Ireland's per-capita is so high.
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Level 67
Jun 12, 2018
It's primarily because of foreign investment - many major companies set up their European HQ in Ireland because of low corporation tax. So the per-capita income is actually a lot higher than the average wage.
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Level 49
Apr 22, 2020
which means that a lot of the 'income' recorded in Ireland has nothing to do with income generated in Ireland.
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Level 61
Apr 2, 2018
This isn't the Top 20 list it's top 23
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Level 49
Apr 2, 2018
Guess I should move to either Europe, the Middle East, Asia, North America, or Australia.
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Level 66
Apr 3, 2018
I FORGOT AMERICA!
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Level 4
Apr 6, 2018
What is this information based on? What things have been taken into account? Free education, health care level and the costs, maternity and paternity leave... I doubt that. Unfortunately. Now this does not clear the whole truth. Roosa
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Level 63
May 7, 2019
The income per capita is simply a countries GDP divided by the population. There's data for almost every country so it's easy to compare and rank. But of course it doesn't say anything about living standards.
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Level 72
May 12, 2019
Click through the link in the description and it will take you to all the information on the criteria, definitions, sources, methodology, etc.
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Level 61
Apr 10, 2018
Damn! Forgot Canada! So focused on some “rich-and-forgotten-paradises-of-oil” of Middel East that missed a obvious one!
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Level 55
Dec 2, 2018
People say Qatar is the richest. They are incorrect or formerly correct. It's Monaco. =]
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Level 80
Mar 4, 2019
Depends on the year, which data set you are using, and how you measure.
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Level 45
Mar 4, 2019
HOW DID I FORGET THE US??
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Level 55
May 28, 2019
No way! Japan is below Finland by $6000
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Level 45
May 28, 2019
I was thinking about Germany but I decided not to type it for some reason.
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Level 71
Oct 18, 2019
How are Belgium, New Zealand, and Andorra not on here?
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Level 62
Apr 18, 2020
GDP per capita is not simply about the median income or living standards of a particular country. While this is a very good, consistent and numerical way of comparing almost all countries, results can be heavily skewed by a small group of super-rich people or by the operation of large corporations in that country (such as in Ireland). Just because a nation has a high GDP does not necessarily mean that this filters down equally to its constituents and in an opposite way, nations that have quite good living standards may be omitted from the list as they don't have the rich individuals and corporations to boost their GDP
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Level 50
Apr 7, 2020
I swear whenever I take a quiz where I only miss one it is always Taiwan that I have missed.
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Level 70
Apr 16, 2020
In every quiz type 'Taiwan' in first.
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Level 70
Apr 16, 2020
Why is 'Saudi Arabia' quoted at $55,300 here, when in the 'Focus Economics' listing it is given as $23,536. The rest of the figures seem about the same?
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Level 67
Apr 19, 2020
So Germany has dropped off the list since the reset. I can't believe at least a few of the countries on this list being ahead of Germany in per capita GDP.
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Level 61
Jun 11, 2020
I think the first time I did this quiz Australia was in the middle. They slip a couple of places every time. Now we are the last position. Time to say farewell...
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Level 19
Jun 26, 2020
Singapore down to 83% guessed now
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Level 20
Sep 16, 2020
forgot Malta and Iceland