Friday, June 22, 2007

France has the economy of California.

Today, I found this interesting blog on all sorts of strange maps (via Inside the USA). Here's an interesting example - a map of U.S. states renamed for countries with similar GDPs (Gross Domestic Products).
As the 8th largest economy, France would be the equivalent of the state of California if California were a separate country (with a GDP of $2,15 trillion).

Here's the list of the first 10 countries according to their GDPs:

1
World$46,660,000,000,000
2
European Union$13,620,000,000,000
3
United States$13,220,000,000,000
4
Japan$4,911,000,000,000
5
Germany$2,858,000,000,000
6
China$2,512,000,000,000
7
United Kingdom$2,341,000,000,000
8
France$2,154,000,000,000
9
Italy$1,780,000,000,000
10
Canada$1,089,000,000,000

(more here)

NOTE:
GDP is a convenient way of measuring and comparing the size of national economies. Annual GDP represents the market value of all goods and services produced within a country in a year so GDP = consumption + investment + government spending + (exports - imports)

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