Five Richest Countries by Continent

For each continent, name the five richest countries by per-capita income.
2019. Purchasing power parity. More info here.
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Last updated: December 15, 2019
First submittedAugust 9, 2015
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Africa
$32,000
Seychelles
$24,900
Mauritius
$21,400
Equatorial Guinea
$18,900
Gabon
$18,700
Botswana
 
 
Asia
$135,000
Qatar
$100,000
Singapore
$83,900
Brunei
$78,200
United Arab Emirates
$75,200
Kuwait
Europe
$196,000
Monaco
$129,000
Liechtenstein
$112,000
Luxembourg
$84,400
Ireland
$76,100
Norway
 
 
North America
$64,900
United States
$50,900
Canada
$32,800
Trinidad and Tobago
$32,500
Bahamas
$31,200
St. Kitts and Nevis
Oceania
$54,600
Australia
$43,100
New Zealand
$14,300
Nauru
$12,900
Palau
$10,400
Fiji
 
 
South America
$27,700
Chile
$24,300
Uruguay
$20,400
Argentina
$16,500
Brazil
$16,200
Suriname
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Level 35
Aug 9, 2015
I'd never thought that i would fine Ireland here.
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Level 81
Aug 17, 2015
or Libya
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Level 62
Sep 28, 2015
You just might get some more answers on Five Poorest Countries by Continent, because all the answers are pretty much what you'd expect.
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Level 63
Nov 13, 2015
Except there are so many third-world countries, it's hard to guess which are the poorest.
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Level ∞
Jan 21, 2018
Libya and Venezuela have predictably fallen from the list.
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Level 57
Jun 26, 2017
Venezuela ?!?!?
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Level 43
Feb 10, 2019
It aint top 5 anymore
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Level 44
Jul 5, 2017
Er... You wouldn't charge the Irish, would you? One letter can change the whole meaning of a sentence. Be careful with your spelling!
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Level 58
Feb 22, 2018
It's because of all the multinational companies that have a base there due to the low corporation tax.
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Level 58
Mar 6, 2018
As an Irish person, I agree.
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Level 46
Mar 6, 2018
Why?Just out of curiosity. Ireland is highly advanced.
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Level 62
Mar 6, 2018
Plenty of countries are highly advanced, much more so than Ireland, but Ireland has the lowest combined corporate tax rate in the EU.
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Level 80
Aug 9, 2018
All their wealth must still be getting siphoned off to foreigners.
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Level 63
Mar 12, 2019
find* :)
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Level 58
May 8, 2020
Me too man. My favorite country to fine would have to be Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
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Level 71
Nov 11, 2015
To the extent that this is meaningful at all, it provides a good case that higher GDP does not necessarily translate to higher quality of life, as measured by longevity, infant and child mortality, education, gender equality, etc.
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Level 51
Nov 11, 2015
I think what it really says is that oil doesn't make people better human beings.
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Level 71
Nov 12, 2015
...in any case not richer in terms of quality of life. People (as individuals) might be much the same in essential ways anywhere, but social governance is not helped by oil, nor any resource that can be easily controlled by a few people. How many true democracies can we count among oil-rich states?
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Level 47
Jan 17, 2018
well, venezuela has had a pretty bad run, and besides, oil is about all it makes money off of, so when prices go down, so does their income.
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Level 59
Nov 11, 2015
Good quiz, it could just use more time.
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Level 62
Nov 11, 2015
Another request, and sure! :)
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Level 59
Nov 12, 2015
Thanks, the timing is really good now!
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Level 62
Nov 12, 2015
Welcome :)
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Level 79
Nov 12, 2015
I found the time perfectly sufficient as is. Adding more to these types of quizzes just means that you can go through and name every country in the world and eventually get the answers. It doesn't improve the quiz experience and actually detracts from it IMO.
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Level 59
Nov 12, 2015
Oh.
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Level 69
Dec 26, 2015
If 9 people earn 10 dollars per week = 90 dollars 1 person earns 1000 dollars per week = 1000 therefore 10 people earn 1090 dollars per week = average pay 109 dollars per week. In many of the countries mentioned here the majority of people are not taking home anything like the average figures mentioned.
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Level 62
Dec 26, 2015
Only as a result of mean averages being calculated in such a way that high and low averages are evened out.
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Level 69
Dec 26, 2015
I really thought Japan would make it on here.
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Level 62
Dec 26, 2015
Japan ranks 10th in Asia, before the first five and Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Taiwan, and Oman.
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Level 67
Feb 4, 2020
Oman? Ok wouldnt have expected to see that before japan somehow
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Level 62
May 8, 2020
They are a wealthy nation, but they aren't a part of the lucrative oil industry like the others.
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Level 68
Feb 15, 2016
Suriname was surprising considering it is right next to Guyana. Same with Mauritus and Comoros. Not sure how Gabon and E. Guinea made it, maybe it was that they were not fought over as colonies???
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Level 68
Aug 3, 2016
Oil is the simple answer. Both are producers, although I am not sure how much the population actually benefits
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Level 50
Aug 8, 2018
In Equatorial Guinea the population generally gets very little wealth from the oil. Government officials keep it all for themselves. Not sure about Gabon.
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Level 26
Feb 16, 2016
only got brunei.....not even USA..... so sad......
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Level 19
Feb 19, 2016
43% I got nothing in Africa
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Level 19
Feb 19, 2016
Some I were surprised about, like how Brazil and Russia weren't there.
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Level 82
Jul 26, 2016
Too populous, brings the overall average down.
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Level 15
Mar 6, 2018
US has a higher population than Brazil and Russia, so your statement is false.
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Level 48
May 7, 2019
^^USA is only up there because every other country is more poor.
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Level 63
Feb 17, 2020
Less rich*, or poorer*.
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Level 58
Mar 29, 2016
What the heck's in Brunei that gives it such a high per capita income? Is it just because it's so tiny like a lot of the others?
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Level 68
Aug 3, 2016
Oil and gas...
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Level 43
May 2, 2016
Surprised not to see Brazil on here...
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Level 62
May 2, 2016
Updated! (brazil still isnt on here)
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Level 38
Oct 20, 2018
Even the rich in Brazil are "poor" by comparison. Everyone thought that the country's economy would get a real boom when the Onassis kid married that Brazilian horse show competitor, but in the end she boarded her horses in the US and Belgium. In any event, they're divorced now, so there goes that hope.
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Level 63
Feb 17, 2020
Now it is!
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Level 14
May 8, 2020
I think Brazil shouldn't even be on the list. And really, I agree with divantilya (the first part, because I didn't understand the rest). Did you talk about poverty? It is with Brazil. Violence, inequality, misery, sadness, slums, people becoming fagots, carnival, funk and everything! It sucks even this Brazil...
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Level 47
May 8, 2016
Forgot that Seychelles was in Africa, grrr.
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Level 46
Jun 15, 2016
I was so surprised when I typed Brazil, Russia, China, Japan, France, UK, Germany and they didn't work
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Level 14
May 8, 2020
Brazil did work. Maybe you typed it wrong, but I, as a Brazilian, think it shouldn't have worked.
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Level 59
Sep 13, 2016
Botswana? Now there's a surprise...
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Level 79
Oct 20, 2016
I think with the last update they took Libya's place. I was surprised to see them, too.
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Level 79
Oct 20, 2016
I would have assumed South Africa, Namibia, Angola, Comoros, Cape Verde, Djibouti, Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco were all far richer than Botswana. Very interesting.
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Level 80
Aug 9, 2018
Djibouti is a world class hellhole.
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Level 79
May 7, 2019
Right. Not like all the run-of-the-mill and low-end hellholes you find in Africa.
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Level 76
May 8, 2019
Diamonds. 20% of world production (2nd place after Russia), only 2 million people and fairly good governance, especially by African standards.
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Level 69
Jan 10, 2017
I was surprised at the difference between Australia and New Zealand, that explains why there are so many Kiwis here in Australia. At present 650,000 which is 15% of the total population of New Zealand.
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Level 81
Jan 10, 2017
I don't care what the numbers say. There is no way that Venezuela is per capita one of the 5 richest countries in South America. Their entire economy is in shambles and finding food is a matter of life or death.
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Level 82
Mar 6, 2018
Not on the list this year.
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Level 67
Jun 8, 2019
Well there áre only 12 countries in south america so it is not too hard.
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Level 64
Jan 10, 2017
Most surprising quizz ever taken at JP. (Take that Germany!)
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Level 68
May 28, 2017
I refuse to believe that people in Canada make $10000 less, on average, every year, than Americans.
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Level 62
May 29, 2017
I refuse to believe every false stereotype (yes, stereotype) that people think regarding Americans, good or bad.
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Level 50
Aug 8, 2018
It's because there are a few very, very wealthy Americans, which makes the average income seem very high.
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Level 17
Jul 5, 2017
venezuela had a economic crash before 2010 so get venezuela of that list
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Level 1
Jul 8, 2017
St Kitts & Nevis now qualifies for the North America top 5.
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Level 40
Jul 19, 2017
How is Venezuela on there when they're starving?!!
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Level 69
Sep 14, 2017
A few people are making a LOT OF MONEY and that skews the average.
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Level 79
Mar 6, 2018
wow and I thought Chomsky was deluded...
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Level 82
Mar 6, 2018
Agreed Kal. Chavez was unequivocally a disaster for Venezuela.
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Level 79
Mar 7, 2018
The comment I was responding to was deleted. It was off the rails. Even Chomsky eventually came to see he was wrong about Chavez and it takes a lot to knock that guy off his political biases.
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Level 14
May 8, 2020
Venezuela is getting worse every day. Millions of Venezuelans come to Brazil in search of jobs, food, peace, and a better life. But until Maduro softens, that country will be fucked up...
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Level 40
Jul 19, 2017
It's probably the poorest country in all the Americas
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Level 38
Mar 6, 2018
Not quite. Haiti remains #1 in poverty.
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Level 67
Jun 8, 2019
Having poverty and having the lowest income per capita is not the same unfortunately. The average can be high(er) when there are several people with tons of money while the rest of the population hardly has anything.
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Level 43
Aug 31, 2017
i missed United arab emirates ,Norway And botswana.Cool Quiz!
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Level 59
Sep 14, 2017
Would like to know the tax in all these countries haha.
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Level 51
Sep 17, 2017
Equatorial Guinea???
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Level 65
Jan 22, 2018
Oil. Crude petroleum and liquid hydrocarbons make up nearly 90% of Equatorial Guinea's exports. Lots of income inequality though
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Level 79
Mar 6, 2018
It's also a very small country. Nigeria has more oil than Equatorial Guinea, but a much larger population so per capita it's not as wealthy.
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Level 53
Nov 29, 2017
Didn't even think about botswana
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Level 44
Dec 6, 2017
100% with 9 seconds lefy
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Level 67
Jun 8, 2019
I learned this week (from jetpunk) that Dublin lies on the rover Liffey ;)
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Level 77
Jan 22, 2018
I think Uruguay passed Argentina on the list but you didn't change their ranks.
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Level ∞
Jan 23, 2018
Fixed
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Level 68
Jan 23, 2018
Five of the six continents are fairly get-able with a little logic, but Africa threw me totally. I got one of the five and that was purely from random guesses.
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Level 68
Jan 28, 2018
Well, you can get Africa with logic too. Maybe you just don't know as much about Africa.
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Level 68
Aug 9, 2018
You think Africa is gettable too? Really? I've not heard any of those countries described as being particularly well off, bar possibly the second answer.
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Level 76
May 8, 2019
Yeah it's gettable: Gabon and Equatorial Guinea have oil, Mauritius and Seychelles have tropical tourism and Botswana has diamonds, all combined with small population unlike others in/near top10: Algeria, Nigeria or Angola for oil (+war in Libya), Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt for tourism, South Africa for diamonds and gold.

Cape Verde is an option as small and touristy, Namibia has natural resources and small population, but other than that there are not many good options left.
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Level 40
Jan 27, 2018
I always forget Brunei on all these quizzes!!!
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Level 49
Feb 22, 2018
Took me two minutes just to type out "equatorial guinea"
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Level 49
Feb 22, 2018
There goes another two minutes.
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Level 80
Aug 9, 2018
Equatorial Gui. Aw, crap. Time's up.
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Level 67
Jun 8, 2019
hahah somehow that really made me laugh
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Level 38
Mar 6, 2018
missed Mauritius,Botswana & Ireland
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Level 60
Mar 6, 2018
29/30 missed only Bostwana.
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Level 75
Mar 6, 2018
Never thought Ireland would score higher than Switzerland
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Level 55
Mar 6, 2018
Didn't expect the richest South American countries to be the poorest of all the continents
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Level 79
Mar 6, 2018
It's the opposite on the Five Poorest Countries by Continent quiz. The 5 poorest in South America are the richest amongst the poorest from all the other continents.
There aren't that many countries in South America and they all tend to hover around the middle in terms of income. None that are exceptionally wealthy and none that are exceptionally poor.
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Level 14
May 8, 2020
Did you talk about poverty? It is with Brazil. Violence, inequality, misery, sadness, slums, people turning into fagots, carnival and everything! It sucks even this Brazil...
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Level 14
May 8, 2020
Unfortunately
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Level 79
May 8, 2020
What's wrong with Carnival? And "people turning into faggots?" Really? This is an effect of poverty, now?

Anyway Brazil is not exceptionally wealthy but it's also far from being as poor as places like Afghansitan, Haiti, or Uganda.
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Level 14
May 9, 2020
For me, everything is wrong. From poverty it turns into misery in my opinion. It's okay if you don't agree with me, but if God made you a man, you shouldn't be a woman, right (setting an example)? Brazil's carnival also does that. Afghanistan is only poor because of the civil wars between the Middle East and West Asia (if I'm wrong, please correct me). Haiti is really sad, many come to Brazil too. Natural disasters are horrible when they pass through there. Uganda, too. It is in Africa, it has a low HDI and GDP should be even lower. I do not judge for being in Africa, because it also has good points. The biggest of them must be the Seychelles, which has a very high HDI, even higher than Brazil, and we have just seen that GDP is among the largest in Africa, if not the largest.
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Level 79
May 9, 2020
You're wrong. About the effects of poverty, the source of poverty in Afghanistan, and several other things. But you asked to be corrected, so, there you go.
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Level 14
May 9, 2020
Hmm, right. I'm a child so I won't know so many things. Thank you
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Level 55
Mar 6, 2018
So I guess Monaco must've fairly recently overtaken Qatar as it had the highest GDP for a while.
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Level 38
Mar 6, 2018
That's thanks to the multi-millionaires escaping to Monaco to avoid paying taxes in their own countries.
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Level 67
Jun 8, 2019
but thats not a recent thing
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Level 59
Mar 8, 2018
What about the Vatican? The Catholic Church must be one of the richest organisations in the world. But maybe that doesn't count as per capita income
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Level 80
Aug 9, 2018
They blow every island nation tax hole out of the water.
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Level 22
Mar 23, 2018
Africa really surprised me on this one. I was expecting Nigeria or South Africa to be on there at least.
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Level 80
Aug 9, 2018
I'm pretty sure Tupelo, Mississippi has more total money than Lagos.
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Level 53
Mar 24, 2019
Lots of foreign powers and corporations make money from Nigeria. Nigerians don't get squat.
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Level 45
Oct 20, 2018
Great quiz, Quizzer6794! I like this series, keep it up!
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Level 36
Nov 13, 2018
got 28
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Level 43
Feb 10, 2019
Never thought Monaco is that rich
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Level 37
Feb 21, 2019
29/30 I forgot Canada *facepalm*
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Level 53
Mar 24, 2019
USA! We're ahead of Canada! #1 again!
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Level 69
May 12, 2019
Good to see that Australia is treated as an Island and part of Oceania the Continent instead of a Continent in itself (otherwise the five richest countries would all be Australia)
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Level 41
Jun 8, 2019
Tax havens! These stats don't tell much about the quality of life for ordinary citizens of these countries.
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Level 67
Jun 8, 2019
If you look quickly it seemed like you wrote Thank heavens! Instead of tax havens.
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Level 23
Jul 25, 2019
effectively, the smaller you are, the richer you are. damn it, short people!!!
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Level 58
Aug 3, 2019
26/30! I've beated the average score by 7!
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Level 63
Feb 4, 2020
beat* :)
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Level 26
Oct 24, 2019
Ireland wtf
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Level 79
Feb 3, 2020
they got that lucky charms money
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Level 67
Feb 4, 2020
Lots of pots of gold to be found, just follow the rainbow (but beware of the leprechauns.. )
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Level 14
May 8, 2020
Hahahahahahah
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Level 50
Feb 6, 2020
Ireland, Luxembourg, Monaco and Liechtenstein don't belong on this list. The reason they are on the list, is that huge amounts of capital rest in their banks, for the "chosen few". Norway is the richest country in Europe measured by wealth per capita according to the World Bank, see this in many ways very interesting report; https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/bitstream/handle/10986/29001/9781464810466.pdf
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Level 72
Feb 24, 2020
The richest in Africa is a long way short of making the lists for Europe and Asia. That says something about how divided the world is on wealth.
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Level 24
Apr 4, 2020
trinidad and tobago is in south americaaaaaa
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Level 14
May 8, 2020
Its territory is formed by two main islands (Trinidad and Tobago) and several islets. Although the islands are a geological extension of South America (northeast of Venezuela), the country belongs to Central America.
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Level 67
May 13, 2020
why has this not been debated with an intensity that at least comes close to cyprus? Nobody cares? Come people, a point to argue about.. free of charge!
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Level 14
May 23, 2020
I don't understand you. Cyprus is one of the great islands of the Mediterranean Sea (along with Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica and Crete), the most eastern of all, located between the southern coast of Anatolia and the Mediterranean coast of the Middle East. Geographically, it belongs to Asia, although culturally it is a mixture of European and Asian elements, with Europeans predominating, given its Greek past and the current two thirds of the population of Greek origin.
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Level 37
May 8, 2020
Africa was the hardest to figure out. Asia was the easiest.
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Level 14
May 8, 2020
I as a Brazilian would never imagine seeing Suriname on the list!