The World Economy in One Visualization

The World's Economy in One Visualization

The World Economy in One Visualization

Today’s data visualization is the most simple breakdown of the world economy that we’ve seen. Not only is it split to show the GDP of dozens of countries in relation to one another based on size, but it also subtly divides each economy into its main sectors: agriculture, services, and industry. The lightest shade in each country corresponds to the most primitive economic activity, which is agriculture. The medium shade is industry, and the darkest shade corresponds to services, which tends to make up a large portion of GDP of developed economies in the world economy.

To take it one step further, the visualization also shades the countries by continental geography, to easily see the relative economic contributions of North America, Europe, South America, Asia, Oceania, and Africa.

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  • s dykes

    Very interesting visual, one thing I would like to see is the same graph but put up what each nation debt status is. i.e. does the nation have a positive balance or negative balance and by how much. I think that would be an eye opener.

    • Genesis McKenzie

      I think that is too simplistic. Not all debt is bad debt. Maybe debt-to-XXX ratio?

  • Interesting that Canada & Russia have nearly the same size economy.

  • Silver Savior

    I just don’t know how the United States still does it. Its like no one has any money but they keep buying junk. lol

  • Vitautas

    “Rest of the world” is not divided into the different sectors. Or are they really all working in the Service sector??

  • bilejones

    Hows about one by per capita GDP?

  • IllyaK

    Entirely bogus. There is No Freakin Way Russia is smaller than Brazil, UK, France, Italy, and India. Maybe COMBINED. But even then I would argue the point. Russia’s GDP is at least DOUBLE what is reported.

    And another thing: the US GDP numbers are just as bogus as their unemployment numbers, 5.8% – real unemployment is 23%. See

    I have crunched the numbers myself over an entire weekend: real US GDP is about $9.7 trillion. If the USD was not the de facto trade currency that number would likely be $3T

    I have traveled to all 50 states and many parts of China, trust me when I tell you China’s real GDP is DOUBLE the USA’s. Of the 100 biggest infrastructure projects on Earth, China accounts for 90 of them.

    Furthermore, as a part time resident of Bangkok, I can tell you there are more construction cranes here than anywhere else in the world aside from China. Thailand’s GDP is probably FOUR times the official figure when you take into account the underground economy. Thailand has NEGATIVE unemployment rate. With a population of 70 million, there are at least 8 million migrant workers – which easily eclipses, in terms of percentage, Russia and USA migrant worker numbers.

    One day, when I have some time, I will redo this visual using REAL facts, not IMF dogsh.t

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