Here is a list of the 10 richest populated countries on the planet in 2017. Interestingly, the list which was published in February 2017 shows how the small countries continue to dominate the money bank and top the list of world’s richest countries. Check out:
1. Qatar (GDP per capita: $129,726 (£105,791))
Qatar with GDP (PPP) per capita of $129,726 tops the list of world’s richest countries. In early 2017, Qatar’s total population was 2.6 million: 313,000 Qatari citizens and 2.3 million expatriates. Also, the country has no taxes, but authorities have announced plans to levy taxes on junk food and luxury items.
2. Luxembourg (GDP per capita: $101,936 (£83,128))
Luxembourg takes the second position in the list with GDP per capita of $101,936. It is also known as the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. It is one of the smallest sovereign states in Europe. Luxembourgish citizens had visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 172 countries.
3. Macau (GDP per capita: $96,147 (£78,407))
The third position on the list goes to Macau which has GDP per capita of $96,147. The country is known for its casinos and luxury hotels. Macau’s economy is based largely on tourism.
4. Singapore (GDP per capita: $87,082 (£71,015))
Singapore has a GDP per capita of $87,082. Its territory consists of one main island along with 62 other islets. The Singaporean economy is known as one of the competitive, most business friendly and most innovative.
5. Brunei (GDP per capita: $79,710 (£65,003))
Brunei, one of the smallest countries in the world has a GDP of $79,710. In July 2012, Brunei’s population was 408,786. Its economy is totally based on petroleum and natural gas fields.
6. Kuwait (GDP per capita: $71,263 (£58,114))
With the GDP of $71, 263, Kuwait is at 6th position. It has a population of 4.2 million people. 90% of government income comes from Petroleum. Also, the Kuwaiti dinar is the highest-valued unit of currency in the world.
7. Ireland (GDP per capita: $69,374 (£56,574))
The second-largest island of the British Isles, Ireland has a GDP of $69,374. Tourism plays an important role in Ireland’s economy.
8. Norway (GDP per capita: $69,296 (£56,510))
Norway or Kingdom of Norway takes an 8th position on the list with a whopping GDP of $69,296. The OECD ranks Norway fourth in 2013 equalized Better Life Index.
9. United Arab Emirates (GDP per capita: $67,696 (£55,206))
Middle Eastern federation of Emirates has a land area of about 32,278 sq. miles with a GDP of $67,696. UAE is totally dependent on oil revenues. More than 85% of the UAE’s economy was based on the oil exports (according to the figures of 2009).
10. San Marino (GDP per capita: $64,443 (£52,553))
The 10th and the last position on our list is acquired by San Marino. It has a GDP of $64,443. Ceramics, banking, and electronics are the key industries in the San Marino.