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This map shows which countries are most dependent on natural resources

Nonmetuammori on Reddit used World Bank data to create this map showing natural resources as a share of GDP for every country:


(Map by Nonmetuammori, data by the World Bank)

The news that, say, Saudi Arabia depends heavily on its oil wealth probably won't shock you. What really jumps out here, however, is that most of the people who live in countries that have a low resource contribution to GDP live in rich countries (the USA, Japan, Germany, France) not in countries that lack natural resources. Places like Canada and Australia that have high incomes and resource-dependent economies take up a fair amount of space on the map but they have very little population density. There are more people in Italy than in Australia and Canada combined.

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