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What is the Richest Country in the World?

Based on Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the richest country is Lichtenstein, a small country located east of Switzerland and north of Austria. GDP is a measurement of a country's economy, based on the market value of the goods and services produced or rendered in a one-year period. In 2007, the wealth per capita in Lichtenstein was about 122,100 international dollars. That's about 600 times more money per person than Zimbabwe.

More fun things to know:

  • Qatar, in the Middle East, comes in a close second at 121,400 international dollars per capita.

  • The United States is the eighth richest country, with 46,400 international dollars per capita.

  • Liechtenstein has a population of 35,000. It is has more registered companies than citizens — more than 70,000 companies have registered offices in Liechtenstein.

  • Liechtenstein produces more sausage casings and false teeth than any other country in the world.

  • 100% of the Liechtenstein population older than 10 years of age can read.

  • In the United States, 99% of the population older than 15 years of age can read.

  • About 89% of the population older than 15 years of age can read in Qatar.

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