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Mapped: The Top Exports in Asian Countries



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Map displaying the top exports (as of 2022) of Asian countries, excluding Middle Eastern nations.

The Top Exports in Asian Countries

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Asia’s exports span a wide range, from petroleum and minerals to technology components and textile products.

In this map, we display the top exports (as of 2022) of Asian countries, excluding Middle Eastern nations. Data was sourced from The Observatory of Economic Complexity.

Editor’s Note: For our most recent Middle East themed version of this map, go here.

Diverse Economies Across the Continent

Like in many other countries around the world, petroleum is a significant component of the Asian continental economy, with petroleum products as India’s top exporting category, amounting to approximately $86 billion per year in trade.

Another top product coming from Asia is integrated circuits. These are used in a multitude of applications spanning computing, communications, consumer electronics, automotive, industrial automation, medical devices, aerospace and defense.

CountryTop Export (2022)Top Export Value (USD Billions)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ ChinaBroadcasting Equipment$272.0
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ผ TaiwanIntegrated Circuits$223.0
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท South KoreaIntegrated Circuits$121.0
๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต JapanCars$89.0
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ IndiaPetroleum Products$86.2
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ SingaporeIntegrated Circuits$81.9
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ MalaysiaIntegrated Circuits$78.9
๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ VietnamBroadcasting Equipment$58.5
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ IndonesiaCoal Briquettes$50.8
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ KazakhstanPetroleum Products$47.6
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ PhilippinesIntegrated Circuits$32.4
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฟ AzerbaijanPetroleum Products$19.4
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ ThailandMachinery$19.3
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฒ TurkmenistanPetroleum Products$9.2
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฉ BangladeshTextiles and Garments$9.1
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ณ MongoliaCoal Briquettes$6.5
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฟ UzbekistanGold$5.2
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ณ BruneiPetroleum Products$4.9
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ PakistanTextiles and Garments$4.9
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Myanmar (Burma)Ore & Minerals$4.1
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ CambodiaTextiles and Garments$3.1
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฆ LaosElectricity$2.4
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Sri LankaTea$1.3
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ช GeorgiaOre & Minerals$1.0
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ ArmeniaOre & Minerals$0.7
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฏ TajikistanGold$0.6
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ซ AfghanistanCoal Briquettes$0.4
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ป MaldivesPlanes, Helicopters, Spacecraft$0.4
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡น BhutanOre & Minerals$0.3
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฑ Timor-Leste (East Timor)Petroleum Products$0.3
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ต NepalPalm Oil$0.2
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฌ KyrgyzstanPetroleum Products$0.1
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ต North KoreaOre & Minerals$0.03

In addition, the region is also a big manufacturer of semiconductors, crucial for applications ranging from telecommunications and artificial intelligence to renewable energy and healthcare. Taiwan holds a 68% share of the advanced semiconductor market.

Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Cambodia are major producers of textile products such as t-shirts, sweaters, and household linens. Most of their products go to the United States and Europe, feeding popular outfit brands.

Asia stands out as a top producer of minerals and fuel, with Afghanistan, Indonesia, and Mongolia being top producers of coal briquettes used for heating, cooking, and industrial processes, while Armenia, Georgia, Bhutan, Myanmar (Burma), and North Korea rely on ore and mineral extraction as their top exporting sector.

The largest Asian economy, China, is known for the production of a variety of products, but its top exports come from broadcasting equipment, including TVs, cameras, and radios.

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Mapped: 15 Countries with the Highest Smoking Rates

Since the 1950s, many countries have tried to discourage tobacco use and bring down smoking rates. Hereโ€™s where they havenโ€™t worked.



A cropped map with the 15 countries with the highest smoking rates in the world.

Mapped: 15 Countries with the Highest Smoking Rates

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It was not until 1950 when the link between smoking and lung cancer was proven, though physicians as far back as the late 19th century had identified it as a potential cause.

Since then, many countries have discouraged tobacco products in an attempt to reduce smoking rates, and consequent health effects.

We visualize the countries with the highest rates of tobacco use among their population aged 15 and older. Data is sourced from the World Health Organization, and is current up to 2022.

Which Countries Smoke the Most?

In Nauru, nearly half of the population aged 15+ uses a tobacco product, the highest in the world. The island also has a high obesity rate, and nearly one-third of the population suffers from diabetes, due to poor nutritional variety in the food supply.

Hereโ€™s a list of smoking rates by country, ranked from highest to lowest.

RankCountryTobacco use in
those aged 15+
1๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ท Nauru48%
2๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Myanmar44%
3๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Kiribati40%
4๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฌ Papua New Guinea40%
5๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ Bulgaria40%
6๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ Serbia40%
7๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฑ Timor-Leste39%
8๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Indonesia38%
9๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท Croatia37%
10๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ง Solomon Islands37%
11๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Andorra36%
12๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ Bosnia &
13๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ Cyprus36%
14๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ด Jordan36%
15๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท France35%
N/A๐ŸŒ World23%

Note: Figures rounded. “Tobacco use” includes smoke and smokeless products.

Meanwhile, countries in the Balkan also see a high incidence of tobacco use, bucking the general European trend. Entrenched cultural norms, lax laws, and inexpensive cigarettes are some of the most commonly identified causes.

On the other hand, tobacco use is a lot lower in the Americas and sub-Saharan Africa.

In the U.S., fewer than one in four adults smoke. Canada is even lower at 12% of the population. But some African countries (Nigeria and Ghana) are all the way down in the single-digits, at 3%.

Interestingly, men smoke more than women in nearly every country in the world.

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