Fascinating stuff: Carl Størmer points us to this amazing map of the United States. Each state’s economic output is analogized to another country’s GDP.

click for larger chart:

Notable omissions: U.K., Japan, Germany, China, Russia, Italy.

I cannot vouch for the precision of this, but by eyeball, it looks about right.

Carl adds:

“When seeing Norway’s GDP in the context of this map, one realizes why Norway is one of the last countries U.S. companies consider when expanding to Europe.

My two cents (not in the blog): In addition to small GDP, little competition has enabled local players to build monopolies or duopolies in many industries.  Add  high state ownership to this mix, and you understand why Norwegian consumers  are unused to good service and competitive prices. Other than that, Norway is a great country.”

Thanks for the great find, Carl!

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77 Responses to “Countries GDP as US States”

  1. s0mebody says:

    Russia is New Jersey.

  2. babygal says:

    I used to be French, but now I’m Belgian-much better beer.

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  4. sacajaweeya says:

    Countries Economic output as US States

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  5. dissent says:

    Why the snark about Norway?

    Toiling through the low wage, high violence Bush years, I often regret that my ancestors ever migrated here. Norwegian I would rather (still) be. If you think I’m foolish, check the public health stats.

  6. “We’ll try to stay serene and calm
    When Alabama gets the bomb!”

    - Tom Lehrer

  7. eddie: I don’t have a lot of time, since our military coup in Arizona…..

  8. Robert Coté says:

    Damn, I used to drink local California wine. Now I am forced to drink French wine?

    France population: 60,876,136 (July 2006 est.)
    California population: 37,444,385 (mid 2006 est)

    Family name notwithstanding I’ll take California.

  9. Bluzer says:

    Would be interesting to see this adjusted for i. purchasing power parity and ii. the size of the underground economy

    Is it adjusted for either?

    India is another significant omission.

  10. Macro Man says:

    Unless I am very much mistaken, the “snark” about Norway comes from the source of the chart, who is Norwegian. Presumably he knows what he is talking about.

    What I find remarkable is that the seventh most populous country in the world (Bangladesh) has an economy the size of the 49th most populous state (Vermont.) The 13th most populous country in the world (Vietnam) has an economy the size of the smallest state by landmass (Rhode Island).

  11. Bluzer says:

    “What I find remarkable is that the seventh most populous country in the world (Bangladesh) has an economy the size of the 49th most populous state (Vermont.)”

    which leads me to conclude that this is not adjusted for PPP – and is hence useless.

    Can I have my money back please?

  12. OldVet says:

    I live in Tennessee. When I saw this map I called the drillers, but Mrs. OldVet says she’s not going to wear a veil and she’s moving to California if I don’t get that rig out of the front yard.

  13. semper fubar says:

    Hey! Pot’s legal in PA! Cool!

  14. Carl Stormer says:

    Actually, I did not create this chart. I received it from a Norwegian friend who got it from a presentation given by “The York Group International Inc.”:http://www.theyorkgroup.com.

    India is missing. So is China. Probably because their GDP is bigger than any U.S. state.

    Carl

  15. russell120 says:

    Singapore a city with a little over 4 million people and about 250 square miles is equal to all of South Carolina – LOL.

    I have family I could give grief to, but they are immune to the kidding from the Swedish side of the family.

  16. Bucky Katt says:

    Good stuff!

  17. My1ambition says:

    Something with Indonesia and bad weather…

  18. Eclectic says:

    You just didn’t look close enough… China’s right there… see it?… in Arkansas, up in the northwest part. Surely you see it. You’re not blind are you?

    And, India, it’s there too… up at that part of New York down on the ocean… You know!… the giant city at the extreme western end of Long Island? It’s all over that place like white on rice.

  19. Whammer says:

    CA is the 8th-largest economy in the world, roughly — it is slightly smaller than France. UK, Japan, China, Italy, and Germany are ommitted because their economies are all larger than any individual U.S. states.

  20. super-anon says:

    Wait, Ohio has a bigger economy than all of Australia?

    I just did a one year contracting gig up in Ohio… that’s kind of hard to imagine.

    Having spent time in the south and the east Ohio is an economic wasteland by comparison. It’s hard for me to imagine it bests all of OZ.

  21. bodanker says:

    All the talk of Norway reminded me of this. Poor Norway… can’t get no respect. Disclaimer: I have nothing against Norway. ;)

  22. James Mitchell says:

    Well, the comparisons are not that solid. For instance, TX is $200 B smaller than Canada. Ecuador is 50% larger than North Dakota. Based on 2005 GSP data from the BEA and 2005 GDP data from the IMF, this is a more accurate comparison, in $ US billions:

    Entity GDP
    United States 12455.83
    Japan 4567.44
    Germany 2791.74
    China 2234.13
    United Kingdom 2229.47
    France 2126.72
    Italy 1765.54
    California 1621.84 *
    Canada 1132.44
    Spain 1126.57
    Texas 982.40 *
    New York 963.47 *
    Brazil 795.67
    Korea 787.57
    India 771.95
    Mexico 768.44
    Russia 763.29
    Australia 708.52
    Florida 674.05 *
    Netherlands 629.91
    Illinois 560.24 *
    Pennsylvania 487.17 *
    Ohio 442.44 *
    New Jersey 430.79 *
    Michigan 377.90 *
    Belgium 3 71.70
    Switzerland 367.57
    Georgia 364.31 *
    Turkey 362.46
    Sweden 358.81
    Virginia 352.75 *
    Taiwan 346.18
    North Carolina 344.64 *
    Massachusetts 328.54 *
    Saudi Arabia 309.95
    Austria 305.34
    Poland 303.23
    Norway 295.67
    Indonesia 281.26
    Washington 268.50 *
    Denmark 259.64
    Maryland 244.90 *
    South Africa 239.42
    Indiana 238.64 *
    Minnesota 233.29 *
    Tennessee 226.50 *
    Greece 225.59
    Wisconsin 217.54 *
    Missouri 216.07 *
    Colorado 216.06 *
    Arizona 215.76 *
    Ireland 200.77
    Finland 196.05
    Connecticut 194.47 *
    Iran 192.35
    Portugal 183.62
    Argentina 181.55
    Hong Kong SAR 177.70
    Thailand 173.13
    Louisiana 166.31 *
    Alabama 149.80 *
    Oregon 145.35 *
    Kentucky 140.36 *
    South Carolina 139.77 *
    Venezuela 132.85
    Malaysia 130.84
    Israel 129.84
    UAE 129.64
    Czech Republic 124.31
    Colombia 122.27
    Oklahoma 120.55 *
    Singapore 116.78
    Chile 115.31
    Iowa 114.29 *
    Pakistan 110.97
    Nevada 110.55 *
    Hungary 109.20
    New Zealand 108.52
    Kansas 105.45 *
    Algeria 102.03
    Nigeria 99.15
    Romania 98.57
    Philippines 98.37
    Utah 89.84 *
    Egypt 89.48
    Arkansas 86.80 *
    Ukraine 82.88
    Washington, DC 82.78 *
    Mississippi 80.20 *
    Peru 79.39
    Kuwait 74.60
    Nebraska 70.26 *
    New Mexico 69.32 *
    Bangladesh 60.81
    Kazakhstan 56.09
    New Hampshire 55.69 *
    Delaware 54.35 *
    West Virginia 53.78 *
    Hawaii 53.71 *
    Morocco 51.62
    Vietnam 51.39
    Slovak Republic 47.46
    Idaho 47.18 *
    Maine 45.07 *
    Rhode Island 43.79 *
    Alaska 39.87 *
    Libya 38.74
    Croatia 38.51
    Luxembourg 36.53
    Ecuador 36.49
    Qatar 34.34
    Slovenia 34.03
    Angola 32.81
    South Dakota 31.07 *
    Oman 30.73
    Montana 29.85 *
    Belarus 29.57
    Dominican Rep. 29.09
    Tunisia 28.67
    Sudan 27.54
    Wyoming 27.42 *
    Guatemala 27.37
    Syria 27.30
    Bulgaria 26.72
    Lithuania 25.50
    North Dakota 24.18 *
    Serbia 24.06
    Sri Lanka 23.53
    Vermont 23.13 *
    Lebanon 22.05
    Costa Rica 19.99
    Kenya 18.73

    http://bea.gov/bea/newsrel/gspnewsrelease.htm
    http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/weo/2006/02/data/weorept.aspx?sy=2005&ey=2005&scsm=1&ssd=1&sort=country&ds=.&br=1&c=512%2C446%2C914%2C666%2C612%2C668%2C614%2C672%2C311%2C946%2C213%2C137%2C911%2C962%2C193%2C674%2C122%2C676%2C912%2C548%2C313%2C556%2C419%2C678%2C513%2C181%2C316%2C682%2C913%2C684%2C124%2C273%2C339%2C921%2C638%2C948%2C514%2C686%2C218%2C688%2C963%2C518%2C616%2C728%2C223%2C558%2C516%2C138%2C918%2C353%2C748%2C196%2C618%2C278%2C522%2C692%2C622%2C694%2C156%2C142%2C624%2C449%2C626%2C564%2C628%2C283%2C228%2C853%2C924%2C288%2C233%2C293%2C632%2C566%2C636%2C964%2C634%2C182%2C238%2C453%2C662%2C968%2C960%2C922%2C423%2C714%2C935%2C862%2C128%2C716%2C611%2C456%2C321%2C722%2C243%2C965%2C248%2C718%2C469%2C724%2C253%2C576%2C642%2C936%2C643%2C961%2C939%2C813%2C644%2C199%2C819%2C184%2C172%2C524%2C132%2C361%2C646%2C362%2C648%2C364%2C915%2C732%2C134%2C366%2C652%2C734%2C174%2C144%2C328%2C146%2C258%2C463%2C656%2C528%2C654%2C923%2C336%2C738%2C263%2C578%2C268%2C537%2C532%2C742%2C944%2C866%2C176%2C369%2C534%2C744%2C536%2C186%2C429%2C925%2C178%2C746%2C436%2C926%2C136%2C466%2C343%2C112%2C158%2C111%2C439%2C298%2C916%2C927%2C664%2C846%2C826%2C299%2C542%2C582%2C443%2C474%2C917%2C754%2C544%2C698%2C941&s=NGDPD&grp=0&a=&pr1.x=64&pr1.y=9

  23. John says:

    Working through low wage, the high years of Bush of the violence, moan often that my ancestors emigrated always here. The Norwegian who I (still) is something. If you think that I am absurd, I verify stats of the public health.

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  25. Aquarius says:

    It’s cute… but it’s wrong. Romania’s GDP is 4 times larger than the GSP of Delaware.

  26. Vegard says:

    GDP does’nt say that much about a country, GDP per capita explains things a little better:

    Rank Country GDP (PPP)$ per capita
    1 Luxembourg 69,800
    2 Norway 42,364
    3 United States 41,399
    4 Ireland 40,610
    5 Iceland 35,115
    6 Denmark 34,740
    7 Canada 34,273
    8 Hong Kong 33,479
    9 Austria 33,432
    10 Switzerland 32,571
    11 Qatar 31,397
    12 Belgium 31,244
    13 Finland 31,208
    14 Australia 30,897
    15 Netherlands 30,862

    But if your interested in how a country is to live in, its the Human Development Index you should look at:

    1. Norway 0.965 (=)
    2. Iceland 0.960 (=)
    3. Australia 0.957 (=)
    4. Ireland 0.956 (↑ 4)
    5. Sweden 0.951 (↑ 1)
    6. Canada 0.950 (↓ 1)
    7. Japan 0.949 (↑ 4)
    8. United States 0.948 (↑ 2)
    9. Switzerland 0.947 (↓ 2)
    10. Netherlands 0.947 (↑ 2)
    11. Finland 0.947 (↑ 2)
    12. Luxembourg 0.945 (↓ 8)
    13. Belgium 0.945 (↓ 4)
    14. Austria 0.944 (↑ 3)
    15. Denmark 0.943 (↓ 1)

    And what’s this about U.S companys not expanding to Norway? Well, I suppose Google, Sun, IBM, Microsoft and their kind don’t really count, because, uhm, Norway are one of the only countrys in Europe that those companys has anything more than a sales/PR functions. wtf?

  27. economie del mondo

    Mica male questa cartina. Leconomia del Canada sembrerebbe essere non più grande di quella del Texas, la Svezia come la…

  28. Jeff J says:

    A rather confusing map. The methodology was not explained.
    Thanks to all the posters that contributed with more information. We can see that Norway is doing all right, according to the other numbers.

  29. pk says:

    Russia is not New Jersey if Brazil is NY- Brazil and Russia have similar GDP (Russia is bigger in some measurements)…I would think New York is signfificantly higher GDP than New Jersey

  30. Countries GDP as US States

    Countries GDP as US States

  31. Gamma says:

    BTW, Morocco is spelled with two c’s :)

  32. Neil Fiertel says:

    Naturally one has to be amused by such stats games but realise that GDP vs populaton says NADA about real distribution, i.e. a theoretical country could have all income in the hands of an oligarchy and most of the people could be starving or it could be distributed in a more equitable manner and thus, overall would be healthier and gthus richer which naturally brings me to Norway, a country which was rated by the U.N. as having by far the best environment to live in with the best health, chance to live longer, get better educated , live in better housing and on and on..Canada was a near miss in that stat by the way which is where I live. Norway has put aside something extraordinary like 650 billion dollars for an investment fund from their oil and gas revenues so that when they run out, Norway will be able to maintain the good fortune of their local non-renewable resource. Corporations move to where the tax structure is low, employee costs are insignificant and thus, profits are high. They do not move to good and healthy societies if they can find an improverished place to plant their fat asses. Norway is not such a place and thus, have to work harder at providing real reasons to go ther and their educated population is one of the reasons that high tech is to be found there. This is also true for Canada and in this country they cannot find sufficient workers who are skilled to take the jobs that are going unfilled.A healthy universally supplied medicare system, inexepensive education, good housing and so forth in Canada is not reflected in seeing our GDP compared to a Texas where there are incredibly rich and incredibly poor folks living within the state. One has to look for real poverty in Canada which though it is present reflects a tiny proportion of the overall population and is always being addressed rather than hidden from view. Norway as I understand it, has NONE. Good for them and they do deserve to be number one in terms of quality of life for that reason.

  33. Neil Fiertel says:

    Naturally one has to be amused by such stats games but realise that GDP vs populaton says NADA about real distribution, i.e. a theoretical country could have all income in the hands of an oligarchy and most of the people could be starving or it could be distributed in a more equitable manner and thus, overall would be healthier and gthus richer which naturally brings me to Norway, a country which was rated by the U.N. as having by far the best environment to live in with the best health, chance to live longer, get better educated , live in better housing and on and on..Canada was a near miss in that stat by the way which is where I live. Norway has put aside something extraordinary like 650 billion dollars for an investment fund from their oil and gas revenues so that when they run out, Norway will be able to maintain the good fortune of their local non-renewable resource. Corporations move to where the tax structure is low, employee costs are insignificant and thus, profits are high. They do not move to good and healthy societies if they can find an improverished place to plant their fat asses. Norway is not such a place and thus, have to work harder at providing real reasons to go ther and their educated population is one of the reasons that high tech is to be found there. This is also true for Canada and in this country they cannot find sufficient workers who are skilled to take the jobs that are going unfilled.A healthy universally supplied medicare system, inexepensive education, good housing and so forth in Canada is not reflected in seeing our GDP compared to a Texas where there are incredibly rich and incredibly poor folks living within the state. One has to look for real poverty in Canada which though it is present reflects a tiny proportion of the overall population and is always being addressed rather than hidden from view. Norway as I understand it, has NONE. Good for them and they do deserve to be number one in terms of quality of life for that reason.

  34. Macro Man says:

    One wonders what PPP estimate is used for Norway, as it is one of the most expensive countries in the world to live in. I suspect the “true” real income per capita in Norway is substantially lower than in the US. Last year UBS published a survey suggesting that Oslo was the most expensive city in the world based on the price of a basket of 122 goods and services.

  35. philip says:

    The Human Development Index was made by socialists to make socialist economies look better. Particularly those with socialized medicine. If someone who didn’t believe in socialism made a human freedom index (I know people have made similar things, but mostly they are also made by socialists) and arbitrarily valued the freedom to do what you like without being forced to provide for the lazy and listless you could just as easily put the U.S. back at the top. I have spent a few months in Norway and if you adjust for purchasing power the Norwegian per capita income doesn’t go very far at all. More than $20 per pound for beef (or reindeer), and a small hand basket of groceries often costs $60. And that is even with their ridiculous windfall of oil wealth propping up their welfare state.

  36. philip says:

    And why do people jump on Norway? Because for a bunch of people who got lucky with oil, they sure talk like they pulled themselves up with their bootstraps and if only the rest of the world would do like they do we could have the same results.

  37. Countries’ GDP as US States

    Carl Størmer posted a map earlier today comparing each US state’s economic output with the GDP of other countries. I’m not sure how accurate Størmer’s map is — the map omits quite a few major countries — but it is

  38. cro visitor says:

    croatia (38.5) is paired with south dakota (31) (is that s dakota?); so we produce sign. more. okay, we have about 4-5 times more inhabitants blah blah… interesting text nevertheless

  39. Fact Nerd says:

    I’m sure it’s no coincidence that Norway = Minnesota, which after all is home to the highest percentage of descendants of Norwweigans of any US state.

  40. Jukka says:

    For me this shows benefits of linguistic/cultural diversity and national identity. All countries mapped over U.S. have their own significant feel, but most of the states beneath them are quite bland in comparison. My Finland, for example is on Colorado. What’s in Colorado? They have as much people and GDP, but what else? Why they exist? Is the GDP used to build better Colorado for future? What kind of people are Coloradoans? Do they have history, a story of their people? Probably they do, but it is kind of diminished under the whole U.S. story, and in that story only rare Coloradoan can feel herself significant.

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    It’s a family affair

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  43. links for 2007-01-17

    Countries GDP as US States A visual tool to help us Americans reinforce our sense of global superiority. (tags:…

  44. Dave says:

    Interesting: now what I’d love to see is the GDP of the states compared to the world’s biggest companies…

  45. tanguy says:

    I pretty agree about that GDP/capita would have been a better ratio (Belgium between Dominican Rep, Vietnam and Bangladesh is a bit nonsense).
    I have been doing a pretty similar work (but more on a cross-cultural level (blog in my profile)).

    but please, carry on this great work !
    tanguy

  46. Countries GDP As US States

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  48. Dennis Wilson says:

    “What I find remarkable is that the seventh most populous country in the world (Bangladesh) has an economy the size of the 49th most populous state (Vermont.)”

    Actually, Bangladesh points to New Hampshire (about 40-41 population wise) and Dominican Rep points to Vermont.

    An aside, Australia is about the size of the US with a population about equal to California. Lotsa room to expand, if they would let people in…..

  49. yogurt says:

    Oz actually has a much smaller population than California. Canada is a bit smaller than Cal.

    Oz may look big and empty, but the habitable part of the country isn’t nearly that big. Likewise Canada.

    The Human Development Index was made by socialists to make socialist economies look better. Particularly those with socialized medicine.

    The reason socialized medicine “looks” better is because it is better, as the residents of countries that have it know perfectly well. What amazes me is that anyone in the US, which has by far the most expensive health care system in the world, with results near the bottom of the developed world, could believe otherwise. Well they thought Saddam was behind 9/11 too.

    Oh by the way, really the only countries left with socialist economies are North Korea and Cuba, and I don’t think they look too good in the SDI. But I guess you’re using Rush Limbaugh’s definition of “socialist”, which appears to include places like Switzerland.

  50. CLS says:

    The problem with the Human Development Index is that it includes non-objective factors which means the appraisers get to say what they like or don’t like. It thus reflects their personal political views. Now some one says socialist medicine is better. Those of us who have lived in socialsed systems might disagree. US health care costs more becaouse on average Americans buy a lot more health care. Socialist health care costs less per person because they ration it and simply refuse services which are almost routine in the US. That is if you compare the amount spent on health care per person.

    Americans also spend more on entertainment than most other nations. That is not called an entertainement crisis because they do. It is immediately understood that this is because they get a lot more entertainment. Ditto for cars. Americans spend a hell of a lot more per person on cars than do Nigerians. That doesn’t mean the Nigerians are better off. Only when it comes to health do people suddenly invent this standard that spending less is more.

  51. One and Four says:

    Iran Has the Economy of Alabama

    I cant vouch for the accuracy of this, but it it is pretty fascinating. Ive always heard that if taken by itself California would be like the 5th or 6th biggest economy in the world. This map makes comparisons with all US states. The …

  52. TJIC says:

    I’ve created a variant of the map that compares groupins of US States to the top 5 GDP countries.

    http://tjic.com/?p=5076

  53. Pat says:

    these are nominal GDPs.. try doin the PPP GDP … lol…

  54. States vs. Nations

    [source, source, source, source] An interesting picture that compares the GDP of various nations with the GDP of various states….

  55. Jack says:

    Countries like Greece have a large black economy. Its GDP does not include the estimated this black ‘Hidden economy. It is estimated that another 50 % of its GDP makes up its total economy. So $225 + $112.5 =$337.5BN! and with a population of around 10 million GDP per Capita brings it to $33,700 which would put Greece in the top 10 richest Nations on earth!

  56. Jack says:

    Countries like Greece have a large black economy. Its GDP does not include the estimated black ‘Hidden’ economy. It is estimated that another 50% of its GDP makes up its total economy. So $225 + $112.5 =$337.5BN! and with a population of around 10 million GDP per Capita brings it to $33,700 which would put Greece in the top 10 richest Nations on earth!

  57. Shoey says:

    @Jack “Countries like Greece have a large black economy…..etc

    Greece is not alone!! every country has a black economy. (tradesman, fisherman, agricultural, antiques, off shore banking, importer/exporter), logistics etc…ITS EVERYWHERE

    In Holland we always go thru Luxembourg or Switzerland (anonymous saving accounts) when going on holiday to get some cash for our vacation ;-)

  58. Thomas Riccardo says:

    The Term GDP is only one measurement of several important economic indicators to watch.
    PPP measurements are more accurate and when one uses PPP GDP in the equation, the U.S. econony makes up less then 20% of World Economic Totals. IN truth the European Union has the World’s largest economy and China is coming fast but they should because with over one billon people, their PPP per capita incomes are only $5,000 per head and their gini-index is rising with a huge rich-poor gap.
    The U.S. has huge Current Account deficits, Government Deficits and consumer debts.
    For each new dollar of economic Growth the U.S. economy is adding 6 dollars of new debt which means we are selling our assets to Europe and Asia to finance ourselves. We have become a debtor nation and are taking on the Characteristics of a Colony.
    Our average life expectency(U.S.) is ranked 48th in the World and our Healthcare system is 37th for example.
    The country is vastly overinflated and that is why we are selling our wealth off to foreign investors.
    Does not look good for the next generation at all!
    We have lost most of our Manufacturing base which made us a wealthy country and The European Union with over 34 million manufacturing jobs and the Chinese(also a very large manufacturing power for low technology goods)are becoming richer compared to the U.S. which totals 14 million Manufacturing jobs, obviously the U.S. is in no economic situation to dominate anything!
    There is many different ways to judge an economy!

  59. GDP of U.S. States and Regions Compared Globally

    Carl Størmershighlights a fascinating map of the United States which compares each state to its comparably sized country, asmeasured by GDP (thanks to The Big Picture, via Pienso, for the link): My first reaction is, as I scan this map,…

  60. pokerface says:

    I would like to emphasize that the European Union has the greatest economic out put in the world. Yes, the European Union and not the United States. Other than that just look at what is going on in the world and you will see that the US is loosing ground in many aspects. The USD is loosing ground to the EUR. As Shoey pointed out very wisely there are way more manufacuring jobs in Europe and China.

    People always say that China is a great polluter but just look at the US. This country did not sign the Qioto treaty, the US is actually the largest polluter in the world. On the other hand the Eropean Union is trying to apply renewable enegy sources in its economy. For example Sweden is on the best way to do away with its oil needs by 2020.

    Another thing, the US seems to have an immense burden on its economy: its army. And this army proves to be absolutely useless in conflicts like Iraq.

    Bottom line is, there is no reason to talk about American superioriy whatever, because no such thing exists. The US is most certainly a major player in the world economy but nothing more.

    Oh, and one more thing. As I remember the US was a beloved and very sympathetic country in the 70s and 80s. It was the leader of the free world and so on… Now it is not an exagerration if I say that the majority of the worlds population simply hate the United States or at least considers it a major global threat. The US is kind of bullying around in the world, but you might remember from scool, those bullies always got what they deserved at the end of the day. And I dont mean that they got beaten up whatever, they simply were not admitted to university, if you see my point… :)

  61. Katchei says:

    This map is complete bullshit. If you want to believe that the US is the best thing since sliced bread believe it, but don’t try to lie about it by making up false information.

    Here is a list of the Gross Product Amount by state…
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_US_States_by_GDP_%28nominal%29
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    Here are some of the actual countries and their GDP
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominican_Republic

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecuador

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uzbekistan
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    I would like to say that even if these total lies about our “superiority” were true this doesn’t make us any better or excuse us from the atrocities we commit (yes I am from the US and ashamed).

    Again, if you want to sing “America, Fuck Yeah” please do so but don’t try to convince thinking people that there are rational and not purely emotional reasons for you wanting to do so. The US leads in a single thing right now and that is military might.

  62. The map comes from Denmark, not the US

    its a fun approximation, not a hard set of numbers

    chill, dude

  63. jj says:

    I love these CHIMPS who hate the US so much , but never enough to leave

  64. john says:

    Hey,
    I’ve just made up a similar map, but for Europe and based on GDP / capita.
    http://blog.localingo.com/2007/03/09/map-of-non-european-countries-gdp-per-capita-as-europe-countries/
    Keep me updated…
    Best,
    John

  65. qqror says:

    What would be really interesting is average info compared with pridce of some basket of products and services that constitute monthly expenses. Than we would see who cas save the most money. So we would see the perfect country to emigrate to for a couple of years and then come back home with savings.

  66. qqror says:

    I’m sorry, it was to be something like that:
    What would be really interesting is information about average salary compared to a price of some basket of products and services that constitute monthly expenses. Than we would see who can save the most money. So we would see the perfect country to emigrate to for a couple of years and then come back home with savings.

  67. enos says:

    I wonder how much expansion into Norway has to do with Norway NOT being in the EU?

    They were invited but voted it down twice.

  68. billso.com says:

    US map with country labels

    How do the economies each of the United States compare to other countries? Click the title and find out

  69. Boing Boing says:

    Which countries’ GDPs are comparable to US states’?

    Here’s a map of the USA where the states have been labelled with the names of countries with comparable GDPs — California is the same size as France; Texas, Canada; New York, Brazil, and so on. Link (Thanks, Kevin!) Update:Barry points to the origina…

  70. jackee says:

    Countries GDP as US States nice article about countries economy but i think american economy is much better than others.

  71. Gunjan says:

    Update July 2007: In PPP terms, (which is what really matters, unless you want to believe India’s economy has been expanding at 30% a year last few years because of USD falling like a rock against Rs), China+India is now bigger than the US economy, India just crossed Japan to become the third-biggest economy, screaming by at 9.4% growth, and China is set to cross to become the biggest world economy in 2 years blazing by at 11% growth. So you see, while these two giants and late boomers cross the little USA by, they would look back and see its economy shrink in size at the rate of 6-7% a year compared to their economies. To add insult to the injury of the proud nationalists in US, the Chinese and Indians might soon be putting US on their map (just like the one posted in this article). And then we will see a still-proud-and-trying to be arrogant american pointing out that their per capita income is still a bit higher than either India or China’s….

    Some good things will come out of this tectonic change- India and China will once again become the leading economies of the World- a position they held for all but the last couple of centuries- and it will be put the last vestiges of western colonial mentality in the right place- politically. This will also help the rest of economically recovering world a lot.
    Iraq would be remembered as the last war USA was able to start unilaterally outside their backyard. 25 years from now when this transition would be substantially over, a lot more people in this country will be a lot less arrogant- as the balance returns.

    Source of sizes of the economy mentioned: none other than CIA World Factbook. Just google for it and read.

  72. robert says:

    other strange map, world web map, websites traffic is correlated with the surface of the countries:
    http://explomap.free.fr/world/

  73. HGH says:

    Very nice post. I liked your writing style and the way you covered the topic.

  74. london says:

    out of context but fun to look at

  75. Other Countries GDPs as US States

    From Strange Maps:

    This is quite an education. Click for a larger image.
    Although the economies of countries like China and India are growing at an incredible rate, the US remains the nation with the highest GDP in the world – and by far: US GDP is …

  76. Kenya says:

    Agree. A nice posting and good to look at.

  77. Kenya says:

    Kenya at 18% is doing very well. It has surpassed many western countries.