|3||Saudi Arabia||$164.80 billion||2012|
|8||United Arab Emirates||$66.56 billion||2012|
|OPEC countries average (profile)||$43.47 billion||2012|
|14||South Korea||$43.34 billion||2012|
|Middle Eastern and North Africa average (profile)||$22.59 billion||2012|
|Non-religious countries average (profile)||$13.49 billion||2012|
|Eurozone average (profile)||$12.61 billion||2012|
|Muslim countries average (profile)||$8.42 billion||2012|
|Europe average (profile)||$6.69 billion||2012|
|31||Hong Kong||$6.06 billion||2012|
|European Union average (profile)||$5.68 billion||2012|
|Former Soviet republics average (profile)||$4.49 billion||2012|
|failed states average (profile)||$2.68 billion||2012|
|NATO countries average (profile)||$2.64 billion||2012|
|36||East Timor||$2.38 billion||2011|
|Hot countries average (profile)||$1.91 billion||2012|
|Landlocked countries average (profile)||$1.78 billion||2012|
|Eastern Europe average (profile)||$1.54 billion||2012|
|Cold countries average (profile)||$1.19 billion||2012|
|44||Puerto Rico||$978.80 million||2009|
|Religious countries average (profile)||$973.85 million||2012|
|45||Trinidad and Tobago||$959.00 million||2012|
|51||British Virgin Islands||$279.80 million||2010|
|53||Congo, Republic of the||$187.90 million||2012|
|58||Cook Islands||$26.67 million||2005|
|60||Serbia and Montenegro||0.0||2010|
|66||Federated States of Micronesia||$-34,300,000.00||2006|
|74||Sao Tome and Principe||$-58,700,000.00||2012|
|75||Saint Kitts and Nevis||$-70,800,000.00||2012|
|78||Antigua and Barbuda||$-78,500,000.00||2012|
|86||Central African Republic||$-197,600,000.00||2012|
|91||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||$-215,900,000.00||2012|
|104||Republic of Macedonia||$-385,200,000.00||2012|
|Former French colonies average (profile)||$-724,804,000.00||2012|
|Emerging markets average (profile)||$-833,068,000.00||2012|
|Sub-Saharan Africa average (profile)||$-868,771,739.13||2012|
|138||Bosnia and Herzegovina||$-1,633,000,000.00||2012|
|Former Spanish colonies average (profile)||$-2,196,095,000.00||2012|
|153||Democratic Republic of the Congo||$-2,254,000,000.00||2012|
|158||Papua New Guinea||$-3,030,000,000.00||2012|
|Latin America and Caribbean average (profile)||$-3,250,457,575.76||2012|
|Christian countries average (profile)||$-4,411,600,543.48||2012|
|Catholic countries average (profile)||$-5,216,283,823.53||2012|
|High income OECD countries average (profile)||$-5,549,345,161.29||2012|
|Heavily indebted countries average (profile)||$-7,170,980,952.38||2012|
|Potential Future EU Members average (profile)||$-7,590,275,000.00||2012|
|South and Central Asia average (profile)||$-7,918,308,333.33||2012|
|Former British colonies average (profile)||$-8,520,677,083.33||2012|
|South Asia average (profile)||$-23,024,900,000.00||2012|
|Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile)||$-52,768,571,428.57||2012|
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Interesting observations about Economy > Current account balance
- Germany ranked first for current account balance amongst Christian countries in 2012.
- Saudi Arabia ranked first for current account balance amongst Hot countries in 2012.
- China ranked first for current account balance amongst Emerging markets in 2012.
- United States has ranked last for current account balance since 2003.
- Nigeria ranked first for current account balance amongst Sub-Saharan Africa in 2012.
- Kuwait ranked first for current account balance amongst Former British colonies in 2012.
- Russia ranked first for current account balance amongst Eastern Europe in 2012.
- Switzerland ranked first for current account balance amongst Landlocked countries in 2012.
- Netherlands ranked second for current account balance amongst Europe in 2012.
- Venezuela ranked first for current account balance amongst Catholic countries in 2012.
Balance of trade is the largest element of the current account balance. There is a balance of trade surplus when exports are more valuable than imports. This adds to GDP. A balance of trade deficit means the value of imports exceeds that of exports. This subtracts from GDP.
Another element is service imports and exports. Money spent on hotel rooms by a tourist abroad counts as a service export of the country heâ€™s in and a service import of the country heâ€™s from.
The third component of the current account balance is the difference between income from assets owned abroad, and money flowing out to foreign owners.
The last element of the current account balance is the difference between one-way transfers (such as foreign aid and charitable donations) coming in or going out of the country. http://www.swlearning.com/economics/econ_data/current_account/current_account_definition.html
Posted on 04 Mar 2005
Ian Graham, Staff Editor