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Economy > Balance of payments > Reserves and other items > Total > Reserves in months of imports: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: Total reserves comprise holdings of monetary gold, special drawing rights, reserves of IMF members held by the IMF, and holdings of foreign exchange under the control of monetary authorities. The gold component of these reserves is valued at year-end (December 31) London prices. This item shows reserves expressed in terms of the number of months of imports of goods and services they could pay for [Reserves/(Imports/12)].".

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH HISTORY
1 Libya 45.2 2009
2 Saudi Arabia 29.41 2009
3 China 24.98 2009
4 Japan 18.13 2009
5 Botswana 17.85 2009
6 Bolivia 16.96 2009
7 Russia 16.14 2009
8 Iraq 15.19 2008
9 Lebanon 14.23 2009
10 Brazil 13.18 2009
11 Peru 11.53 2009
12 Uruguay 10.71 2009
13 Syria 10.16 2008
14 Trinidad and Tobago 9.94 2008
15 Israel 9.91 2009
16 Thailand 9.82 2009
17 India 9.81 2009
18 Central African Republic 9.63 1994
19 Argentina 9.37 2009
20 Nigeria 9.27 2009
21 Serbia and Montenegro 9.19 2009
22 Philippines 8.73 2009
23 Jordan 8.64 2009
24 Turkmenistan 8.6 1997
25 Kuwait 8.33 2009
26 Romania 8.19 2009
Emerging markets average (profile) 7.98 2009
27 Venezuela 7.77 2009
28 Latvia 7.43 2009
29 The Gambia 7.42 2009
30 Bulgaria 7.3 2009
31 Laos 7.26 2009
32 Malaysia 7.24 2009
33 Burundi 7.21 2009
34 Sierra Leone 7.2 2009
35 Morocco 7.12 2009
36 Nepal 6.7 2005
37 Cameroon 6.45 2009
38 Uganda 6.44 2009
Former Spanish colonies average (profile) 6.4 2009
39 Samoa 6.36 2009
40 Croatia 6.3 2009
41 Iceland 6.29 2009
42 Benin 6.17 2008
43 Indonesia 6.14 2009
Non-religious countries average (profile) 6.12 2009
44 Colombia 6.11 2009
45 Singapore 5.91 2009
46 Denmark 5.86 2009
47 Rwanda 5.82 2009
48 Oman 5.8 2009
49 Tunisia 5.79 2009
50 Papua New Guinea 5.76 2009
51 Paraguay 5.71 2009
52 Armenia 5.67 2009
53 Mongolia 5.58 2009
Former Soviet republics average (profile) 5.57 2009
54 Sao Tome and Principe 5.5 2007
55 Turkey 5.47 2009
56 Suriname 5.39 2009
=57 Cambodia 5.31 2009
=57 Lesotho 5.31 2006
59 Tanzania 5.29 2009
60 Kazakhstan 5.23 2009
61 South Africa 5.21 2009
62 Comoros 5.09 1995
Eastern Europe average (profile) 5.05 2009
=63 Bangladesh 5.05 2009
=63 Mauritius 5.05 2009
=63 Switzerland 5.05 2009
66 Ukraine 5.03 2009
=67 Guinea-Bissau 5 2008
=67 Poland 5 2009
69 New Zealand 4.9 2009
70 Djibouti 4.89 2009
71 Kyrgyzstan 4.88 2009
72 Hungary 4.77 2009
73 Sri Lanka 4.68 2009
74 Chile 4.67 2009
75 Azerbaijan 4.62 2009
76 Vanuatu 4.58 2007
77 Guatemala 4.53 2009
78 Barbados 4.45 2009
79 Namibia 4.44 2009
80 Norway 4.4 2009
81 Georgia 4.36 2009
82 Mexico 4.33 2009
83 El Salvador 4.26 2009
84 Netherlands Antilles 4.25 2009
85 Niger 4.22 2008
86 Swaziland 4.17 2009
87 Pakistan 4.16 2009
88 Moldova 4.15 2009
89 Zambia 4.14 2009
90 Brunei 4.09 2009
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 4.06 2009
91 Albania 4.05 2009
92 Bosnia and Herzegovina 4.01 2009
=93 Kenya 4 2009
=93 Nicaragua 4 2009
95 Togo 3.96 2008
=96 Cape Verde 3.95 2009
=96 Cote d'Ivoire 3.95 2009
=98 Algeria 3.9 1991
=98 Burma 3.9 2006
100 Grenada 3.89 2009
=101 Saint Kitts and Nevis 3.87 2009
=101 Tonga 3.87 2008
Latin America and Caribbean average (profile) 3.84 2008
Former British colonies average (profile) 3.8 2005
103 Lithuania 3.79 2009
104 Burkina Faso 3.78 2008
Heavily indebted countries average (profile) 3.69 2009
105 Mozambique 3.69 2008
106 Solomon Islands 3.68 2009
107 Czech Republic 3.59 2009
108 Costa Rica 3.57 2009
Europe average (profile) 3.57 2009
109 Estonia 3.44 2009
110 Jamaica 3.43 2009
111 Angola 3.36 2009
112 Haiti 3.35 2009
NATO countries average (profile) 3.31 2009
Sub-Saharan Africa average (profile) 3.22 1994
113 Ghana 3.21 2006
High income OECD countries average (profile) 3.18 2009
114 Congo, Republic of the 3.16 2007
115 Dominica 3.13 2009
116 Mali 3.08 2008
117 The Bahamas 3.04 2009
118 European Union 2.91 2009
119 Aruba 2.88 2009
120 Saint Lucia 2.84 2009
121 Belize 2.83 2009
122 Sweden 2.79 2009
123 Guyana 2.75 2008
124 Madagascar 2.69 2005
European Union average (profile) 2.67 2009
125 Maldives 2.64 2009
126 Senegal 2.63 2008
=127 Italy 2.54 2009
=127 Vietnam 2.54 2009
Former French colonies average (profile) 2.5 1994
=129 Ecuador 2.48 2009
=129 Zimbabwe 2.48 1994
131 Honduras 2.44 2008
132 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 2.43 2009
133 Gabon 2.39 2005
134 Malawi 2.37 2002
135 Ethiopia 2.35 2009
136 Chad 2.27 1994
=137 Dominican Republic 2.13 2009
=137 Bahrain 2.13 2004
=137 Belarus 2.13 2009
=140 Panama 2.01 2009
=140 United States 2.01 2009
142 Seychelles 1.93 2009
143 France 1.91 2009
144 Fiji 1.83 2005
145 Portugal 1.8 2009
146 Antigua and Barbuda 1.72 2009
147 Germany 1.54 2009
Eurozone average (profile) 1.47 2009
148 Finland 1.42 2009
149 Canada 1.39 2009
150 Guinea 1.36 2004
=151 Australia 1.24 2008
=151 Mauritania 1.24 1998
=153 Tajikistan 1.01 2006
=153 Austria 1.01 2009
155 Sudan 0.96 2009
156 United Kingdom 0.92 2009
157 Cyprus 0.91 2009
158 Eritrea 0.85 2000
=159 Liberia 0.84 2008
=159 Netherlands 0.84 2009
161 Malta 0.76 2009
162 Belgium 0.73 2009
163 Spain 0.71 2009
164 Greece 0.64 2009
165 Somalia 0.5 1989
166 Slovenia 0.43 2009
167 Slovakia 0.13 2009
168 Ireland 0.09 2009
169 Luxembourg 0.04 2009
170 Equatorial Guinea 0.01 1996

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  • 18 of the bottom 149 countries by balance of payments > reserves and other items > total > reserves in months of imports are Densely populated.
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