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Economy > Current account balance: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: This entry records a country's net trade in goods and services, plus net earnings from rents, interest, profits, and dividends, and net transfer payments (such as pension funds and worker remittances) to and from the rest of the world during the period specified. These figures are calculated on an exchange rate basis, i.e., not in purchasing power parity (PPP) terms..

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# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH HISTORY
1 GermanyGermany $238.5 billion 2012
2 ChinaChina $193.1 billion 2012
3 Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia $164.8 billion 2012
4 KuwaitKuwait $80.33 billion 2012
5 NetherlandsNetherlands $77.02 billion 2012
6 NorwayNorway $71.87 billion 2012
7 RussiaRussia $71.43 billion 2012
8 United Arab EmiratesUAE $66.56 billion 2012
9 SwitzerlandSwitzerland $63.82 billion 2012
10 QatarQatar $61.59 billion 2012
11 JapanJapan $60.8 billion 2012
12 SingaporeSingapore $51.44 billion 2012
13 TaiwanTaiwan $49.92 billion 2012
OPEC countries averageOPEC countries average $43.47 billion 2012
14 South KoreaSouth Korea $43.34 billion 2012
15 SwedenSweden $36.31 billion 2012
16 IraqIraq $29.54 billion 2012
17 LibyaLibya $27.17 billion 2012
Middle Eastern and North Africa averageMiddle Eastern and North Africa average $22.59 billion 2012
18 NigeriaNigeria $20.35 billion 2012
19 MalaysiaMalaysia $18.64 billion 2012
20 DenmarkDenmark $17.44 billion 2012
21 MacauMacau $16.13 billion 2011
22 AzerbaijanAzerbaijan $14.98 billion 2012
23 AngolaAngola $13.85 billion 2012
Non-religious countries averageNon-religious countries average $13.49 billion 2012
Eurozone averageEurozone average $12.61 billion 2012
24 AlgeriaAlgeria $12.3 billion 2012
25 VenezuelaVenezuela $11.02 billion 2012
26 IrelandIreland $9.24 billion 2012
27 VietnamVietnam $9.06 billion 2012
Muslim countries averageMuslim countries average $8.42 billion 2012
28 OmanOman $8.31 billion 2012
29 PhilippinesPhilippines $7.13 billion 2012
30 AustriaAustria $7.08 billion 2012
Europe averageEurope average $6.69 billion 2012
31 Hong KongHong Kong $6.06 billion 2012
European Union averageEuropean Union average $5.68 billion 2012
Former Soviet republics averageFormer Soviet republics average $4.49 billion 2012
32 BruneiBrunei $3.98 billion 2009
33 LuxembourgLuxembourg $3.27 billion 2012
34 ThailandThailand $2.76 billion 2012
35 GabonGabon $2.69 billion 2012
Failed states averageFailed states average $2.68 billion 2012
NATO countries averageNATO average $2.64 billion 2012
36 East TimorEast Timor $2.38 billion 2011
37 BahrainBahrain $2.22 billion 2012
38 BoliviaBolivia $2.13 billion 2012
39 SlovakiaSlovakia $2.1 billion 2012
40 HungaryHungary $2.09 billion 2012
Hot countries averageHot countries average $1.91 billion 2012
41 UzbekistanUzbekistan $1.81 billion 2012
Landlocked countries averageLandlocked countries average $1.78 billion 2012
42 BangladeshBangladesh $1.75 billion 2012
Eastern Europe averageEastern Europe average $1.54 billion 2012
43 SloveniaSlovenia $1.49 billion 2012
Cold countries averageCold countries average $1.19 billion 2012
44 Puerto RicoPuerto Rico $978.8 million 2009
Religious countries averageReligious countries average $973.85 million 2012
45 Trinidad and TobagoTrinidad+ $959 million 2012
46 BermudaBermuda $660 million 2010
47 KazakhstanKazakhstan $640.5 million 2012
48 TurkmenistanTurkmenistan $622.7 million 2012
49 IsraelIsrael $609 million 2012
50 NepalNepal $283.9 million 2012
51 British Virgin IslandsBrit. Virgin Isl. $279.8 million 2010
52 SurinameSuriname $241.4 million 2012
53 Congo, Republic of theCongo, Republic of the $187.9 million 2012
54 ParaguayParaguay $115.6 million 2012
55 ArgentinaArgentina $106.9 million 2012
56 MaltaMalta $87.6 million 2012
57 SwazilandSwaziland $53 million 2012
58 Cook IslandsCook Islands $26.67 million 2005
59 AfghanistanAfghanistan $18 million 2011
60 Serbia and MontenegroSerbia+ 0.0 2010
61 Solomon IslandsSolomon Islands $-1,200,000 2012
62 TuvaluTuvalu $-7,700,000 2010
63 MontserratMontserrat $-18,100,000 2010
64 PalauPalau $-20,800,000 2010
65 BelizeBelize $-27,500,000 2012
66 Federated States of MicronesiaMicronesia $-34,300,000 2006
67 KiribatiKiribati $-35,010,000 2010
68 ComorosComoros $-40,900,000 2012
69 AnguillaAnguilla $-44,800,000 2012
70 Guinea-BissauGuinea-Bissau $-47,400,000 2012
71 TongaTonga $-48,500,000 2012
72 CroatiaCroatia $-51,550,000 2012
73 DominicaDominica $-54,900,000 2012
74 Sao Tome and PrincipeSoa Tome+ $-58,700,000 2012
75 Saint Kitts and NevisSt Kitts+ $-70,800,000 2012
76 ArubaAruba $-75,100,000 2010
77 SamoaSamoa $-78,300,000 2011
78 Antigua and BarbudaAntigua+ $-78,500,000 2012
79 EritreaEritrea $-110,500,000 2012
80 VanuatuVanuatu $-128,600,000 2012
81 CubaCuba $-134,400,000 2012
82 The GambiaThe Gambia $-152,500,000 2012
83 EcuadorEcuador $-177,000,000 2012
84 Saint LuciaSaint Lucia $-184,400,000 2012
85 ZambiaZambia $-189,900,000 2012
86 Central African RepublicCentral Africa $-197,600,000 2012
87 BarbadosBarbados $-204,400,000 2012
88 SeychellesSeychelles $-208,900,000 2012
89 Cape VerdeCape Verde $-209,300,000 2012
90 GrenadaGrenada $-214,400,000 2012
91 Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesSt Vincent+ $-215,900,000 2012
92 DjiboutiDjibouti $-216,200,000 2012
93 LithuaniaLithuania $-231,000,000 2012
94 TajikistanTajikistan $-246,200,000 2012
95 Burkina FasoBurkina Faso $-247,600,000 2012
96 Cote d'IvoireCote d'Ivoire $-266,500,000 2012
97 EstoniaEstonia $-267,700,000 2012
98 BhutanBhutan $-311,600,000 2012
99 MalawiMalawi $-315,100,000 2012
100 LaosLaos $-315,500,000 2012
101 TogoTogo $-372,200,000 2012
102 ChadChad $-378,900,000 2012
103 Cayman IslandsCayman Islands $-384,500,000 2010
104 Republic of MacedoniaMacedonia Rep. $-385,200,000 2012
105 GuyanaGuyana $-394,800,000 2012
106 NamibiaNamibia $-414,000,000 2012
107 ZimbabweZimbabwe $-416,500,000 2012
108 FijiFiji $-425,100,000 2012
109 BurundiBurundi $-432,100,000 2012
110 LatviaLatvia $-473,400,000 2012
111 MoldovaMoldova $-510,900,000 2012
112 RwandaRwanda $-569,200,000 2012
113 LesothoLesotho $-587,400,000 2012
114 MaldivesMaldives $-600,000,000 2012
115 BulgariaBulgaria $-669,500,000 2012
116 BeninBenin $-684,900,000 2012
Former French colonies averageFormer French colonies average $-724,804,000 2012
117 MaliMali $-737,500,000 2012
118 IcelandIceland $-740,000,000 2012
119 BotswanaBotswana $-795,200,000 2012
Emerging markets averageEmerging markets average $-833,068,000 2012
120 Sierra LeoneSierra Leone $-862,500,000 2012
Sub-Saharan Africa averageSub-Saharan Africa average $-868,771,739.13 2012
121 LiberiaLiberia $-918,800,000 2012
122 CameroonCameroon $-956,200,000 2012
123 YemenYemen $-985,000,000 2012
124 ArmeniaArmenia $-1,052,000,000 2012
125 MauritiusMauritius $-1,175,000,000 2012
126 CambodiaCambodia $-1,208,000,000 2012
127 El SalvadorEl Salvador $-1,257,000,000 2012
128 MauritaniaMauritania $-1,263,000,000 2012
129 AlbaniaAlbania $-1,314,000,000 2012
130 NicaraguaNicaragua $-1,350,000,000 2012
131 HaitiHaiti $-1,358,000,000 2012
132 The BahamasThe Bahamas $-1,424,000,000 2012
133 NigerNiger $-1,453,000,000 2012
134 GuatemalaGuatemala $-1,489,000,000 2012
135 KyrgyzstanKyrgyzstan $-1,497,000,000 2012
136 CyprusCyprus $-1,506,000,000 2012
137 SenegalSenegal $-1,618,000,000 2012
138 Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia+ $-1,633,000,000 2012
139 LebanonLebanon $-1,663,000,000 2012
140 BelarusBelarus $-1,688,000,000 2012
141 HondurasHonduras $-1,744,000,000 2012
142 GuineaGuinea $-1,754,000,000 2012
143 BurmaBurma $-1,791,000,000 2012
144 GeorgiaGeorgia $-1,875,000,000 2012
145 JamaicaJamaica $-1,905,000,000 2012
146 MontenegroMontenegro $-1,938,000,000 2012
147 MadagascarMadagascar $-1,989,000,000 2012
148 EthiopiaEthiopia $-2,031,000,000 2012
149 PakistanPakistan $-2,072,000,000 2012
Former Spanish colonies averageFormer Spanish colonies average $-2,196,095,000 2012
150 Gaza StripGaza Strip $-2,205,000,000 2011
151 West BankWest Bank $-2,205,000,000 2011
152 UgandaUganda $-2,232,000,000 2012
153 Democratic Republic of the CongoCongo, DR. $-2,254,000,000 2012
154 Costa RicaCosta Rica $-2,341,000,000 2012
155 UruguayUruguay $-2,690,000,000 2012
156 KosovoKosovo $-2,880,000,000 2012
157 Equatorial GuineaEqu. Guinea $-2,945,000,000 2012
158 Papua New GuineaPapua NG $-3,030,000,000 2012
Latin America and Caribbean averageLatin America and Caribbean average $-3,250,457,575.758 2012
159 PanamaPanama $-3,267,000,000 2012
160 MongoliaMongolia $-3,362,000,000 2012
161 PortugalPortugal $-3,365,000,000 2012
162 FinlandFinland $-3,679,000,000 2012
163 TunisiaTunisia $-3,773,000,000 2012
164 Sri LankaSri Lanka $-3,931,000,000 2012
165 Dominican RepublicDominican Rep. $-4,037,000,000 2012
166 SerbiaSerbia $-4,082,000,000 2012
167 TanzaniaTanzania $-4,195,000,000 2012
168 KenyaKenya $-4,310,000,000 2012
Christian countries averageChristian countries average $-4,411,600,543.478 2012
169 Czech RepublicCzech Republic $-4,727,000,000 2012
170 GhanaGhana $-4,778,000,000 2012
171 MozambiqueMozambique $-5,168,000,000 2012
Catholic countries averageCatholic countries average $-5,216,283,823.529 2012
172 SudanSudan $-5,282,000,000 2012
173 JordanJordan $-5,370,000,000 2012
High income OECD countries averageHigh income OECD countries average $-5,549,345,161.29 2012
174 RomaniaRomania $-6,346,000,000 2012
175 BelgiumBelgium $-6,650,000,000 2012
176 SyriaSyria $-6,706,000,000 2012
177 PeruPeru $-7,137,000,000 2012
Heavily indebted countries averageHeavily indebted countries average $-7,170,980,952.381 2012
Potential Future EU Members averagePotential Future EU Members average $-7,590,275,000 2012
South and Central Asia averageSouth and Central Asia average $-7,918,308,333.333 2012
178 GreeceGreece $-8,392,000,000 2012
179 New ZealandNew Zealand $-8,508,000,000 2012
Former British colonies averageFormer British colonies average $-8,520,677,083.333 2012
180 EgyptEgypt $-9,136,000,000 2012
181 IranIran $-9,307,000,000 2012
182 ChileChile $-9,499,000,000 2012
183 MoroccoMorocco $-9,843,000,000 2012
184 ColombiaColombia $-12,170,000,000 2012
185 MexicoMexico $-14,180,000,000 2012
186 UkraineUkraine $-14,320,000,000 2012
187 SpainSpain $-15,140,000,000 2012
188 ItalyItaly $-15,210,000,000 2012
189 PolandPoland $-18,140,000,000 2012
South Asia averageSouth Asia average $-23,024,900,000 2012
190 IndonesiaIndonesia $-24,070,000,000 2012
191 South AfricaSouth Africa $-24,070,000,000 2012
192 TurkeyTurkey $-47,750,000,000 2012
Group of 7 countries (G7) averageGroup of 7 countries (G7) average $-52,768,571,428.571 2012
193 BrazilBrazil $-54,230,000,000 2012
194 AustraliaAustralia $-57,140,000,000 2012
195 FranceFrance $-57,200,000,000 2012
196 CanadaCanada $-62,270,000,000 2012
197 IndiaIndia $-91,470,000,000 2012
198 United KingdomUnited Kingdom $-93,600,000,000 2012
199 United StatesUnited States $-440,400,000,000 2012

Citation

"All countries compared for Economy > Current account balance", CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Economy/Current-account-balance

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The current account balance is a tally of transactions between countries.

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 he’s in and a service import of the country he’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 <br>Staff Editor

Ian Graham <br>Staff Editor

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