Where is Spain in the world’s wealth?

The world's wealthiest nations

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How does wealth shape global power dynamics?

In a recent report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the United States emerged as the global economic titan, overshadowing nations such as China, Japan, Germany, the UK and Spain.

The financial hierarchy unveiled

Recently, the IMF outlined the global wealth distribution, placing the United States in a commanding lead. Representing 25.5 per cent of global wealth, its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) reached $26.8 trillion in the last year.

This figure significantly surpasses China’s GDP of $19.3 trillion, which accounts for 18.4 per cent of global wealth, and positions the United States well ahead in the economic race.

The world’s economic powerhouses

  1. USA
  2. China
  3. Japan
  4. Germany
  5. India
  6. UK
  7. France
  8. Italy
  9. Canada
  10. Brazil
  11. Russia
  12. Korea
  13. Australia
  14. Mexico
  15. Spain

Spain claims the fifteenth spot with a GDP of $1.4 trillion, making up 1.4 per cent of total global wealth, ahead of several other economies, highlighting its significant yet more modest contribution to the global economy.

The essence of calculating wealth

But what exactly denotes the wealth of a country? Economists utilise a variety of indicators to gauge a nation’s economic stature relative to the global stage, allowing for assessments of growth, development, or recession phases.

The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) stands as the most accurate measure, although other metrics like the Gini coefficient and the Human Development Index also provide insight.

Nominal GDP reflects the monetary value of a country’s final goods and services, adjusted for inflation and market values.

Conversely, Real GDP adjusts for price inflation, offering a more accurate picture of genuine economic growth. Meanwhile, GDP per capita divides a country’s GDP by its population size, presenting a per person wealth metric.

Understanding GDP alongside a nation’s accumulated assets offers a fuller picture of its economic health.

While GDP represents annual economic output, total wealth encompasses all assets held by businesses, families, and the government. This distinction is crucial for comparing the economic standings of nations accurately.

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Written by

John Ensor

Originally from Doncaster, Yorkshire, John now lives in Galicia, Northern Spain with his wife Nina. He is passionate about news, music, cycling and animals.