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Countries by Oil Consumption

Name the 20 countries with the highest total oil consumption.
For 2017 or latest available year. According to Wikipedia.
Last updated: April 30, 2019
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bbl / day
country
19.9 m
United States
13.2 m
China
4.69 m
India
3.99 m
Japan
3.92 m
Saudi Arabia
3.22 m
Russia
3.02 m
Brazil
bbl / day
country
2.80 m
South Korea
2.45 m
Germany
2.43 m
Canada
1.95 m
Iran
1.93 m
Mexico
1.63 m
Indonesia
1.61 m
France
bbl / day
country
1.56 m
United Kingdom
1.34 m
Thailand
1.34 m
Singapore
1.26 m
Italy
1.23 m
Spain
1.03 m
Taiwan
1.00 m
Australia
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level 76
Jul 6, 2013
Got 100% including Singapore- though it is amazing they make the list.
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level 77
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 36
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 76
Oct 10, 2015
Simple: largest bunker port in the world by far.
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level 70
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 51
Oct 10, 2015
It took me a while to get Singapore, but I got it.
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level 75
Nov 21, 2017
I didn't even think of it.
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level 61
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 51
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 68
Oct 4, 2013
Only missed Iran.
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level 69
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 34
Jan 22, 2014
Got Singapore, but not South Korea! *facepalm*
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level 60
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 73
Aug 1, 2017
This is probably what keeps Turkey off the list
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level 54
Apr 30, 2014
Damn Mexico!
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level 28
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 31
Jul 17, 2014
forgot Spain
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level 44
Sep 16, 2014
TOO easy. finished with 2:13 left
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level 58
Mar 11, 2015
exact same
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level 59
Nov 12, 2015
^ That's the spirit.
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level 65
Jan 30, 2015
Oof. Missed Canada. Embarrassing.
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level 69
Oct 11, 2015
This is a meaningless stat, mainly since it is not per capita.
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level 76
Oct 11, 2015
This is a meaningless comment.
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level 69
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 67
Mar 1, 2017
What a croc!
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level 76
Jul 12, 2018
You fancy my plastic shoe?
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level 56
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 55
Oct 12, 2015
*considers Singapore* Nah, won't be *rejects it without trying*
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level 59
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 45
Mar 1, 2017
I missed Japan. *facepalm*
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level 46
Mar 1, 2017
Too easy! 2:50 left.
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level 32
Mar 2, 2017
Forgot Canada😁
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level 35
Mar 2, 2017
Wow no Venezuela.
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level 57
Jun 6, 2017
So I take it that oil production does not equal oil consumption?
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level 51
Jan 30, 2019
Why would it, that would ve made the cow the biggest milk consumer haha
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level 45
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 68
Jul 27, 2017
Pretty close to the G20
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level 67
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 47
Jul 28, 2017
im surprised singapore uses more than australia
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level 34
Oct 6, 2017
got everything except SAUDI ARABIA.
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level 56
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 76
Nov 21, 2017
Higher heating (colder) and transportation (more spread out) costs.
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level 56
Nov 21, 2017
Good points - thanks
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level 51
Jan 30, 2019
Snowscooters?
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level 76
Jun 14, 2019
Moose warmers
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level 68
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 65
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 67
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 44
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 62
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 76
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 76
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 54
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 54
Jun 7, 2019
Most of it goes here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvtmtHpApWI
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level 76
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 34
Jun 7, 2019
I forgot Russia😂
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level 70
Jun 7, 2019
Another reason to not like Saudi Arabia...
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level 46
Jun 7, 2019
Thailand is the one that got me.