Countries by Oil Consumption

Can you name the 20 countries that consume the most oil?
For 2019 or latest available year. According to Wikipedia.
Quiz by WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot
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Last updated: July 26, 2021
First submittedJuly 6, 2013
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bbl / day
country
19.4 m
United States
14.0 m
China
5.27 m
India
3.81 m
Japan
3.79 m
Saudi Arabia
3.32 m
Russia
2.76 m
South Korea
bbl / day
country
2.40 m
Canada
2.40 m
Brazil
2.28 m
Germany
2.02 m
Iran
1.73 m
Mexico
1.63 m
Indonesia
1.53 m
France
bbl / day
country
1.34 m
Thailand
1.34 m
Singapore
1.26 m
Italy
1.23 m
Spain
1.12 m
United Kingdom
1.05 m
Australia
1.04 m
United Arab Emirates
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Level 82
Jul 6, 2013
Got 100% including Singapore- though it is amazing they make the list.
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Level 81
Aug 20, 2013
That one was surprising. Considering the population is a little over 5 million it's quite a per capita rate of consumption.
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Level 37
Jan 9, 2015
The Amazing Race this past season did at least a day in Singapore. Showing all the development--skyscrapers, international airport. Reminded my of busy South American cities... It's online (youtube has a channel for TAR), just look for the episode in Singapore--it's before Philippines and the end, after all the European spots. TAR is a great chance to see places you might not otherwise, as is Survivor...a month in Vanuatu, same for Palau, Samoa.... Makes it very difficult to forget them.
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Level 83
Oct 10, 2015
Simple: largest bunker port in the world by far.
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Level 76
Jun 7, 2019
Yup. I saw somewhere that 15 large cargo emit the same amount of fossil fuel as every car in the world combined. Makes since that Singapore, which is basically just a giant seaport, has such high emissions.
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Level ∞
Jul 26, 2021
@Bernard62601. What you saw was wrong by a factor of more than a thousand.

In terms of carbon emissions, ships are quite efficient. In total, international shipping only accounts for 2% of world carbon emissions.

However, for Singapore, it might be responsible for most of the emissions.

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Level 66
Oct 10, 2015
It took me a while to get Singapore, but I got it.
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Level 78
Nov 21, 2017
I didn't even think of it.
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Level 66
Jun 7, 2019
When I was doing the globe tour in my head, I completely dismissed both Taiwan and Singapore as candidates never fathoming that countries of their size would register on a top 20 global consumption list.
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Level 67
Jan 30, 2019
Singapore was easy for me, but somehow missed Indonesia. Like not even thought about it when trying to visualize the map/world haha.
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Level 65
Aug 19, 2019
Have you seen all the skyscrapers in Singapore? That one should have been kinda obvious, even considering their size. The one I missed was Thailand...🤨
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Level 82
Jan 19, 2020
They have a lot of skyscrapers but what kind of gas mileage do they get?
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Level 51
Mar 20, 2020
Definitely Kalbahamut!!! (:
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Level 73
Oct 4, 2013
Only missed Iran.
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Level 69
Apr 27, 2020
same
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Level 73
Oct 4, 2013
I'm guessing Singapore is on there because of all the ships that refuel there. Probably a major part of the Netherlands' oil use as well.
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Level 85
Oct 25, 2019
That's exactly it, not the residents.
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Level 36
Jan 22, 2014
Got Singapore, but not South Korea! *facepalm*
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Level 44
Sep 18, 2021
im kinda glad? to see my country in this quiz. lol
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Level 64
Feb 26, 2014
I wonder how the list would look like if the price was about the same everywhere. At least gas is pretty expensive in some of these.
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Level 79
Aug 1, 2017
This is probably what keeps Turkey off the list
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Level 62
Apr 30, 2014
Damn Mexico!
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Level 38
May 10, 2014
I am from Singapore and I missed it out along with the Netherlands. Gosh.
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Level 81
Jun 5, 2014
Must've spelled Brazil somehow wrong because I missed it and I am pretty sure I guessed it. (The only one I missed.)
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Level 43
Sep 16, 2014
TOO easy. finished with 2:13 left
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Level 60
Mar 11, 2015
exact same
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Level 58
Nov 12, 2015
^ That's the spirit.
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Level 64
Jan 30, 2015
Oof. Missed Canada. Embarrassing.
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Level 75
Oct 11, 2015
This is a meaningless stat, mainly since it is not per capita.
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Level 82
Oct 11, 2015
This is a meaningless comment.
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Level 75
Oct 11, 2015
Meaningless for two reasons, one that it tells us little about oil energy intensiveness of people in a given place. (Yes, there are other sources of BTUs, but this is the one that matters most.) And secondly, countries are almost by definition very capricious units of data measurement. We forget that because data are typically reported by country, but the fact remains. Imagine a population density map coded by per capita oil consumption. (Complicated yes, since you'd have to include products manufactured elsewhere but consumed locally.) Still, that would give you a far more realistic picture than this abstraction.
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Level 71
Mar 1, 2017
What a croc!
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Level 82
Jul 12, 2018
You fancy my plastic shoe?
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Level 53
Jan 7, 2021
No, just an issue of my Canadian French-language humour magazine.
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Level 65
Jun 7, 2019
The quiz isn't supposed to be "countries that are the biggest disgraces for using too much oil". Though if it was I think land area should be taken into account as well, as well as whether the products of the energy released from the burnt oil are then exported to other countries. And Singapore would almost certainly be on it.
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Level 65
Aug 19, 2019
I decided to go get an oil change after reading this
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Level 52
Sep 21, 2021
Pad those numbers a bit.
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Level 54
Oct 12, 2015
*considers Singapore*

Nah, won't be

*rejects it without trying*

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Level 58
Nov 12, 2015
It has been my experience on this site to pretty much ALWAYS try Singapore, because they seem to make their way on to many quizzes that, at first glance, look like they could never have Singapore as one of the answers. It's tiny, but apparently very influential/impact-ful. "Clearly, you've never been to Singapore.."
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Level 44
Sep 6, 2016
Totally didn't think of Singapore
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Level 44
Mar 1, 2017
I missed Japan. *facepalm*
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Level 59
Mar 1, 2017
Too easy! 2:50 left.
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Level 33
Mar 2, 2017
Forgot Canada😁
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Level 35
Mar 2, 2017
Wow no Venezuela.
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Level 65
Jun 6, 2017
So I take it that oil production does not equal oil consumption?
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Level 67
Jan 30, 2019
Why would it, that would ve made the cow the biggest milk consumer haha
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Level 65
Aug 19, 2019
Beautiful analogy! Lol
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Level 53
Jun 15, 2017
I thought about putting Singapore, but I thought nah cause its so small. Woops. South Korea beat me though.
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Level 72
Jul 27, 2017
Pretty close to the G20
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Level 71
Jul 28, 2017
Something to think about, USA uses the equivalent amount of oil daily that would fill 1,234 Olympic Swimming Pools.
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Level 68
Jul 27, 2021
Actually doesn't seem like very much when you put it like that. Each state could get allocated 25 swimming pools each day - I thought they'd burn far more tbh!
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Level 59
Sep 21, 2021
That's still an insanely gluttonous amount of oil considering that most states have fewer than five million residents.
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Level 49
Jul 28, 2017
im surprised singapore uses more than australia
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Level 58
Nov 21, 2017
Blimey, what does Canada do with their oil? Half the population of the UK or France, and yet consumes more oil.
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Level 82
Nov 21, 2017
Higher heating (colder) and transportation (more spread out) costs.
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Level 58
Nov 21, 2017
Good points - thanks
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Level 67
Jan 30, 2019
Snowscooters?
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Level 82
Jun 14, 2019
Moose warmers
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Level 67
Jan 22, 2020
Hah, that conjures up all kind of weird images! (Like moose with gloves on their antlers, but a lot of other stuff, moose warmers haha)
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Level 59
Jul 23, 2020
Bloated cars and sprawling suburbs.
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Level 53
Sep 28, 2020
Snowmobiles and running the Tim Hortons coffee machines
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Level 52
Sep 21, 2021
Not freeze to death.
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Level 76
Nov 21, 2017
There are several island nations that I'm very surprised are on this list, especially compared to other countries with large cities that are spread out and with vast highway systems in between. Crazy.
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Level 73
Nov 21, 2017
Struggling to find the last one. *opens comments to look if anyone else saw that there were 21 countries* Oh look. Singapore, first comment.
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Level 75
Nov 23, 2017
Everything except Taiwan
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Level 16
Nov 24, 2017
UNITED KINGDOM! I CANT BELIEVE I FORGOT THE UNITED KINGDOM!
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Level 45
Feb 5, 2018
Of course no surprise with no 1. USA have to stop being ignorant and start building normal engines, those crappy 6 litre V8s are like 70 years behind Europe and Japan
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Level 71
May 24, 2018
It's getting exceedingly rare to even have V8s as an option anymore on most American vehicles. Most cars and even trucks are base 4's and 6's, and for sportier models/options, many go with turbos rather than going up to 8 cylinders.

Engines have gotten pretty amazing, Mercedes has a 375-hp, 2-liter turbo 4. It straight blows my mind after decades of slow but incremental horsepower gains since the start of the Malaise Era in American motoring 45 years ago, how power and efficiency gains have really taken off in the last 10 years.

With all that said, you still can't beat the sound of a big rumbling, gurgling, naturally-aspirated V8. I guess it'll always be a part of history.

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Level 82
Jul 12, 2018
Crappy? I'd take my Viper's 8 liter V10 over your 1.6 liter go-kart engine any day.
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Level 78
Nov 15, 2018
I thought you said that your Viper had been stolen in Serbia. Glad you got it back.
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Level 82
Feb 9, 2019
I didn't get it back. :-/ I still consider it mine but it's probably rusting in some Serbian impound yard right now. I'm actually hoping some fat bureaucrat there who approved of the theft took it out for a drive and found out immediately why they are notorious death traps. (because it's got way more power than most people know what to do with)
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Level 85
Aug 4, 2021
"USA have to stop being ignorant".... This says more about you than it does about the USA.
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Level 52
May 12, 2019
What does Saudi Arabia do with their oil? It is strange given their size of economy. I thought they just export oil.
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Level 60
Jun 7, 2019
Most of it goes here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvtmtHpApWI

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Level 82
Jun 7, 2019
Saudis all drive as if they wish to deplete their oil reserves as quickly as possible, rapidly accelerating, braking hard, then accelerating again. On the highways you will routinely see Hyundai Accents and Toyota Hiluxes (not sports cars!) blasting along at 220 kph+. They also love big gas-guzzling cars, even more than Americans do. Saudi subsidies have kept gasoline prices extremely low. I remember filling up my Viper's gas tank with premium there cost 30 riyals ($8).

Because oil is their most abundant resource other than sand (which they also use to make concrete), far less precious than water, they use it in a lot of things. Most of their electricity come from oil-burning plants. They also have a large petrochemical sector of their economy. Look up petrochemical products you might be surprised at all the stuff they can make out of petroleum.

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Level 56
Jun 7, 2019
I forgot Russia😂
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Level 76
Jun 7, 2019
Another reason to not like Saudi Arabia...
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Level 53
Jan 7, 2021
Why is this is a reason? Because they pollute?
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Level 61
Sep 18, 2021
Probaply
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Level 57
Jun 7, 2019
Thailand is the one that got me.
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Level 63
Nov 5, 2019
Damn Canada
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Level 53
Jan 7, 2021
That's the first time I've seen someone misspell "o" so badly.
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Level 43
Feb 21, 2021
didnt think my small little country of singapore would make the list lol. just yolo-ed it as a random guess for the last country
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Level 53
Apr 28, 2021
I missed thailand, but not singapore!
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Level 62
Jun 22, 2021
And I always thought that the Corleone family members are the only ones who drink oil.
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Level 68
Sep 18, 2021
TIL that 'bbl' is somehow the abbreviation for 'barrel' - when I googled it after the quiz was done. Would have been nice if this were clear; either written out (only 3 characters more) or mentioned in the caveats. It may have helped with my guesses, instead of wondering if it were a per capita thing or pro rated volume or who the Hell knew what.
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Level 53
Sep 18, 2021
I missed UAE. I've been deployed there several times...a little embarrassing I missed it
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Level 29
Sep 19, 2021
How does Singapore use more oil then the UK, Italy, Spain, or Australia?
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Level 41
Sep 20, 2021
oh my god I only had 1 missing and I typed Singapore at the last second lol
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Level 59
Sep 21, 2021
The sooner the USA collapses under its own greed, the better. :)
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Level 61
Sep 23, 2021
Imagine being from such an irrelevant, feckless place like Canada that you get your sense of importance by publicly wishing for the demise of other countries for using oil. Sad!