Biggest Trading Partners - European Union

Try to name the top countries outside the EU which the EU exports to and imports from.
POST BREXIT figures, 2021, in Euros
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Quiz by 100Greats
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Last updated: March 30, 2022
First submittedAugust 15, 2017
Times taken41,553
Average score83.3%
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Exports
Country
399 bil
United States
284 bil
United Kingdom
223 bil
China
157 bil
Switzerland
89.3 bil
Russia
79.2 bil
Turkey
62.4 bil
Japan
56.5 bil
Norway
51.9 bil
South Korea
41.9 bil
India
Exports
Country
37.7 bil
Mexico
37.3 bil
Canada
33.8 bil
Brazil
33.1 bil
Australia
29.8 bil
United Arab
Emirates
28.4 bil
Taiwan
28.3 bil
Ukraine
27.3 bil
Singapore
25.1 bil
Morocco
25.0 bil
Saudi Arabia
Imports
Country
472 bil
China
232 bil
United States
159 bil
Russia
146 bil
United Kingdom
124 bil
Switzerland
78.0 bil
Turkey
74.5 bil
Norway
62.3 bil
Japan
55.4 bil
South Korea
46.2 bil
India
Imports
Country
38.5 bil
Vietnam
35.6 bil
Taiwan
32.9 bil
Brazil
29.2 bil
Malaysia
24.1 bil
Ukraine
23.4 bil
Canada
23.4 bil
Mexico
22.1 bil
South Africa
22.0 bil
Thailand
20.8 bil
Saudi Arabia
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Level ∞
Mar 9, 2022
There is no publicly available source for this. @100Greats got the information by calling Eurostat.
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Level 81
Sep 10, 2017
Pheew. Took a while to remember not all Europe is EU.
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Level 75
Sep 22, 2017
I figured that was the trick, but I couldn't remember WHICH countries weren't in the EU. I had to systematically guess all of the European countries before I finally landed on the 2 in the quiz.
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Level 80
Oct 15, 2017
There are 4.
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Level 58
Jan 5, 2018
There are a lot more than four European countries not in the EU: Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, San Marino, Monaco, Vatican, Iceland, Norway, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Kosovo, Moldova, Albania, Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, (Turkey). And soon (at the time of going to press!) the UK. So at least 17 (depends on whether one includes Turkey or not).
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Level 71
Jan 5, 2018
Bosnia and Herzegovina too
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Level 27
Jan 7, 2018
r/IAmVerySmart
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Level 43
Mar 26, 2019
UK is leaving the EU in either 29 / 30 March 2019.
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Level 58
Oct 12, 2019
r/ihavereddit
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Level 74
Nov 9, 2017
Thanks to God it is not.
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Level 65
Aug 29, 2019
I forgot North Vietnam is no longer in the EU 🤦🏼‍♀️🇰🇵
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Level 83
Sep 10, 2017
I bet the brexit will change those numbers drastically.
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Level 57
Sep 25, 2017
That is so true. Brexit will change many things in Europe, directly and indirectly.
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Level 77
Jan 5, 2018
if it happens.
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Level 50
May 6, 2018
We can still hope it doesn't
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Level 77
Feb 11, 2020
Damn.
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Level 69
Mar 10, 2022
It didn't and will not given UK was offered free trade after all.
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Level 70
Apr 28, 2022
But the UK wouldn't have been an answer on this quiz before it left the EU, right? So technically, it has changed :)
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Level 53
Oct 1, 2017
Missed Singapore, Taiwan and Malaysia, good quiz tho!
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Level 63
Jan 5, 2018
Switzerland 69%!
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Level 62
Jan 5, 2018
Funny quiz! Those EU-Switzerland figures are truly enormous. I guess it's because of cross-border integration of the region's industries? German electronics exported as inputs into Swiss lifts, trams and clocks, which are then re-exported into the EU, etc. etc. etc.
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Level 56
Jan 16, 2018
Look at it from the Swiss side - who else would THEY be trading with?
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Level 60
Feb 9, 2018
Switzerland and Liechtenstein only trade would be fun.
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Level 72
Apr 4, 2018
https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/63858/biggest-trading-partners-switzerland :D
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Level 36
Jan 5, 2018
It surprises me that Bangladesh is missing from the list, given that (at least anectotically) all EU clothes are made in Bangladesh.
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Level 83
Jan 5, 2018
It's far from all, and also those clothes are made and sold for dirt cheap with workers being paid barely subsistence wages.
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Level 52
Apr 28, 2022
I was surprised by that fact too, for a sad reason, as kalbahamut wrote...
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Level 70
Apr 28, 2022
On the one hand, what kalbahamut said is largely true. On the other hand, the Bangladeshi garments industry has been a major driver (arguably the driver) of economic growth in the country. My hope is that the development that the garments industry is bringing will work reciprocally and eventually force companies to improve their wages and working conditions.

Another issue here is that Bangladesh is waaay too dependent on one industry. If the economy diversifies beyond garments then there's a good chance it will make this list, but for now, I'm not convinced its garments industry alone will put it in the EU's top 20 trading partners.

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Level 83
Apr 28, 2022
I was not arguing that it was necessarily a bad thing for Bangladesh. Just explaining why they might not show up on the above list. It's always funny/frustrating/obnoxious to me when Westerners try to "save" people in other countries, from what the Westerners see as unappealing lifestyles, by attempting to destroy industries and these peoples' often only livelihood. When usually there are no better options available. I've seen this taking place in Thailand, the Philippines, India, and other places, too, in multiple different industries.
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Level 57
Apr 29, 2022
Very true. I remember clearly how Japanese cars, toys, etc were cheap and regarded low quality in the 1960s (and how it all changed within 20 years). South Korea offered low cost products in large masses in the 70s, then gradually South-East Asian countries and China started subcontract low cost production to other countries, near and far. It seems the kind of globalization we have seen since 1960s has now reached boundaries.
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Level 49
Jan 5, 2018
Surprised Australia doesn't make imports. I swear they would've sent over SOME wool or something
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Level 74
Jan 13, 2018
Australia's main export markets are in Asia and the Americas. Focus has shifted from Europe since WW2. Since the EU was formed, bureaucracy and political factors have meant that those markets are hardly worth the effort.

Plenty of superfine wool does go to Italian mills, but often early stage processing is performed in non-EU countries

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Level 57
Jan 15, 2018
Yes, that must be the case.
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Level 59
Feb 6, 2020
Or it could be that it is more sensible to do the majority of your trade with your closest neighbours...
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Level 65
Jan 5, 2018
The UK should be on here, or at least include a disclaimer.
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Level 74
Jan 5, 2018
There is: "the figures are from 2015."
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Level 69
Jan 5, 2018
UK is still in the EU as of 5/1/2018 so no appearance or disclaimer required (yet).
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Level 50
Aug 8, 2018
The UK is still in the EU and was in 2015, so should not be on this quiz.
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Level 57
Jan 9, 2018
Yes, and we certainly would like for the UK to stay as member state of the EU. It would be a huge loss if you really disappear from the EU map.
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Level 50
May 6, 2018
I wish the government would reverse the process
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Level 40
Jan 9, 2018
WOOW I was all the time thinking about EUrupe, not the EU :( :(
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Level 57
Jan 10, 2018
You are not nearly the first one. Do not worry :)
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Level 64
Feb 13, 2022
You might want to update the quiz to reflect on certain changes concerning the membership of the European Union.
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Level 57
Mar 10, 2022
Hello Hirundo,

The quiz has been updated now to reflect post Brexit situation!

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Level 68
Mar 6, 2022
UK is probably on this list now
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Level 57
Mar 10, 2022
Yes, it is. Pls check out the renewed quiz!
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Level 79
Mar 9, 2022
Woah, I think I may be the first person to play this quiz after this latest update. To see the answer stat columns of a featured quiz both %correct and your% being identical is quite trippy.
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Level 57
Mar 10, 2022
Seems you really were the first one trying the post Brexit quiz!
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Level 38
Mar 31, 2022
damn it morocco 😡
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Level 41
Apr 28, 2022
Didn't get UAE!
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Level 58
Apr 28, 2022
The UK's trade deficit still shows that the EU needs us more than we need them. Rule Britannia!
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Level 52
Apr 28, 2022
Now that's a funny interpretation of this figures...