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Top 5 Oil Exporters In The World

2 October 2018 By Adam Taylor


saudi arabia oil miningThere has been quite a lot of talk about oil in the news recently with some analysts suggesting the price could reach $100 per barrel, which would be the highest since 2014. Whether that will happen, that is another story. In this article, we take a look at world’s largest crude oil exporters.

Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest crude oil exporter with $133,6 billion worth of oil exports in 2017 which was around 15,9% of the total crude oil exports in the world. The middle eastern country is highly reliant on its oil exports and it has the 2nd largest proven oil reserves in the world. In recent years, we have seen the Kingdom announce ”Saudi Vision 2030” which outlines plans to diversify its economy to reduce its dependence on oil. One of the most notable plans is the new city called Neom, you can find out more about the ambitious city plan by clicking here.

  • Capital: Riyadh
  • Official language: Arabic
  • Population: 33,000,000
  • Gross Domestic Product: $683 billion
  • Currency: Saudi riyal (SAR)

Russia is world’s second largest crude oil exporter at with $93,3 billion (11,1% of the total) worth of oil exports last year. Russia is the biggest country in the world and has the 11th largest economy in the world at $1,5 trillion, according to the World Bank. It’s biggest export partners are the European Union, China and neighbour Belarus. Russia is 8th on the list of world’s largest proven oil reserves.

  • Capital: Moscow
  • Official language: Russian
  • Population: 144,526,636
  • Gross Domestic Product: $1,5 trillion
  • Currency: Russian ruble (RUB)

Iraq is third on the list with $61,5 billion worth of oil exports in 2017, 7,3% of the total. Iraq was one of the founding member Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) with Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela when it was established back in 1960. Iraq’s economy is highly depended on oil with oil production accounting for 2/3 of the country’s GDP.

  •  Capital: Baghdad
  • Official language: Arabic and Kurdish
  • Population: 37,202,671
  • Gross Domestic Product: $202 billion
  • Currency: Iraqi dinar (IQD)

The North American country is the fourth largest crude oil exporter in 2017 with $54 billion worth of crude oil exports (6,4% of the total). Canada has the 3rd largest proven oil reserves with 95% of these reserves are in the oil sands deposits in the western province of Alberta.

  • Capital: Ottawa
  • Official language: English and French
  • Population: 37,067,011
  • Gross Domestic Product: $1,6 trillion
  • Currency: Canadian dollar (CAD)

United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates, the third largest economy in the Middle East is the 5th largest crude oil exporter with $49,3 billion worth of oil exports in 2017 (5.9% of the total). Even though United Arab Emirates has the most diversified economy in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), a regional intergovernmental political and economic union which is made up of all Arab countries of the Persian Gulf, it is still highly dependent on oil.

  • Capital: Abu Dhabi
  • Official language: Arabic
  • Population: 9,575,729
  • Gross Domestic Product: $382 billion
  • Currency: UAE dirham (AED)


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