According to most reputable experts, today there are about 196 independent countries on the planet. It is difficult to name the exact number, since some states are not officially recognized at the international level. Quite a misconception that the richest country in the world is determined by the total level of GDP, that is, the market value of the final goods and services produced for the year in all sectors of the economy.

Yes, the amount of GDP largely determines the strength of the economy and the stability of the state as a whole, but it does not guarantee a high standard of living for every citizen. For example, China is home to more than 1.4 billion people, and even despite serious macroeconomic indicators, it is too early to talk about the mass welfare of local residents. Therefore, when answering the question what is the richest country in the world, GDP per capita is taken into account.

As a rule, the leading positions here are occupied by small countries with huge reserves of natural resources or with a very developed technological economy. The standards of living in such states are very high. Given the level of GDP per capita (purchasing power parity - PPP) according to the official data of the International Monetary Fund, let's highlight the top 10 richest countries in the world in 2021.


1. Luxemburg 112,875
2. Singapore 95,603
3. Qatar 91,897
4. Ireland 89,383
5. Switzerland 68,340
6. Norway 64,856
7. USA 63,051
8. Brunei 61,816
9. UAE 58,466
10. Denmark 57,781




The richest country in the world in 2021 is Luxembourg. A small Western European state with only about 631,800 people. The favorable geographical location between such powerful countries as Germany, France and Belgium help to attract foreign investment, establish trade relations and grow the economy of Luxembourg. The state has an equally developed industrial and financial sector.



The stable political situation and favorable investment climate has allowed Singapore to become one of the richest countries in the world. The state is located in Southeast Asia, near Malaysia. The population of Singapore does not exceed 5.9 million people. Local economy is characterized by maximum openness and freedom, which attracts businessmen from all over the globe. There is practically no unemployment in Singapore, and corruption is non-existent. There is a rapid development of high technology and innovation, medicine, tourism and banking.



The third place in the ranking of the richest countries in the world is occupied by Qatar. The state is located in the Middle East next to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE. The population of Qatar is about 2.9 million people. The economic growth and prosperity of local residents provides, above all, the export of oil and natural gas. Largely due to abundant natural resources, which have created an ideal infrastructure, Qatar will be the first country in the region to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022.



The Republic of Ireland shares with the even smaller Northern Ireland a small island in the north of Europe next to Great Britain. The welfare of the Irish is based on a strong economy dominated by mining, food production and banking. High technology and innovative products are introduced in every sphere of activity. Ireland has a population of around 5 million people. Trade is the foundation of the country's wealth.



Switzerland is a beautiful European country with a very high standard of living and a flourishing economy. Its world-renowned neutrality with regard to political and military alliances facilitates successful trade and the development of mutually beneficial relations with the various countries of the world. The population of Switzerland is 8.7 million people. Virtually every Swiss person has a deep respect for the culture and traditions of his or her native country. The economy is based on the banking sector and high-tech quality products.



Unlike the rich Arab countries, Norway does not guarantee a high standard of living to local citizens just by selling oil and gas, although it has huge reserves of energy resources. For example, the state is one of the largest exporters of seafood. The economy actively applies new technologies and develops industry. The population of Norway is about 5.4 million people. The country is not part of the European Union, but it has close trade ties with other developed European countries.



The top 7 richest countries in the world is followed by the state with the largest economy on the planet - the United States. Its population is about 331 million people. A very diverse colorful country, each state has different legislation, tax rates, prices, labor market, climate and more. Therefore, potential immigrants to the States have a lot to choose from. For example, you can read a list of the best cities to live in the United States.



Brunei is another tiny country in Southeast Asia with a population of about 433,000 people. The economy is based on oil and natural gas production. The state of Brunei Darussalam (official name) is washed by the South China Sea and has a comfortable climate. It is very beautiful place which attracts lots of tourists. The local citizens are very educated and most speak English. The authorities provide residents with free health care and do not charge taxes on personal income.



The United Arab Emirates has one of the largest economies in the Middle East. It is located in Southwest Asia, next door to Saudi Arabia and Oman. It is a beautiful and very rich country with large oil reserves, the income from the sale of which forms about 30% of GDP. A significant share of the budget revenues provides tourism and the financial sector. The population of the UAE is about 10 million people. There are practically no taxes and the conditions are optimal to attract foreign investments.



At the bottom of the top 10 richest countries in the world in 2021 is a small Scandinavian country located in northern Europe. Its population is only 5.8 million people. For the past few years, Denmark is among the top 3 happiest countries in the world. There are comfortable conditions for life, business, professional activity and education. Denmark has an ideal infrastructure and a strong high-tech oriented economy.

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