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Reserves of Foreign Exchange and Gold by Country

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 2/17/2015

Because war is as much about money as it is about bullets, bombs and missiles, financial health is an important quality to consider.

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Reserves of Foreign Exchange and Gold allow a nation to repay its foreign obligations (debt) while also continue to strengthen their domestic currency. These reserves also play a part in a nation's credit rating on the world markets. Today, it is said that as much as two-thirds of the world's reserves are held in Asia by China, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and South Korea. For the purposes of the GFP ranking, this plays into the relative financial "health" of nations.


Reserves of Foreign Exchange and Gold data through 2013. Some nations are not included in this list due to lack of available official numbers. The values below are displayed in USD ($).

1
3,821,000,000,000
2
1,268,000,000,000
3
739,500,000,000
4
536,300,000,000
5
515,600,000,000
6
414,500,000,000
7
378,300,000,000
8
341,800,000,000
9
295,000,000,000
10
273,100,000,000
11
248,900,000,000
12
198,700,000,000
13
192,500,000,000
14
181,700,000,000
15
167,200,000,000
16
167,100,000,000
17
150,200,000,000
18
139,400,000,000
19
120,900,000,000
20
117,600,000,000
21
107,800,000,000
22
89,500,000,000
23
87,480,000,000
24
85,040,000,000
25
83,450,000,000
26
80,740,000,000
27
71,950,000,000
28
71,240,000,000
29
68,550,000,000
30
68,060,000,000
31
65,150,000,000
32
58,040,000,000
33
56,220,000,000
34
52,230,000,000
35
51,950,000,000
36
51,860,000,000
37
50,590,000,000
38
48,800,000,000
39
48,780,000,000
40
48,460,000,000
41
47,700,000,000
42
43,740,000,000
43
40,090,000,000
44
39,890,000,000
45
38,490,000,000
46
37,940,000,000
47
34,350,000,000
48
33,650,000,000
49
32,490,000,000
50
30,770,000,000
51
29,340,000,000
52
27,210,000,000
53
22,660,000,000
54
22,350,000,000
55
21,950,000,000
56
21,150,000,000
57
20,690,000,000
58
20,010,000,000
59
19,160,000,000
60
17,700,000,000
61
17,030,000,000
62
17,000,000,000
63
16,320,000,000
64
15,870,000,000
65
15,740,000,000
66
14,430,000,000
67
13,080,000,000
68
11,830,000,000
69
11,460,000,000
70
11,180,000,000
71
10,600,000,000
72
10,370,000,000
73
8,278,000,000
74
8,113,000,000
75
7,255,000,000
76
7,220,000,000
77
7,200,000,000
78
7,118,000,000
79
6,574,000,000
80
6,336,000,000
81
6,016,000,000
82
6,000,000,000
83
6,000,000,000
84
5,983,000,000
85
5,933,000,000
86
5,541,000,000
87
5,538,000,000
88
5,415,000,000
89
5,239,000,000
90
5,002,000,000
91
4,993,000,000
92
4,513,000,000
93
4,343,000,000
94
4,128,000,000
95
4,085,000,000
96
3,579,000,000
97
3,382,000,000
98
3,353,000,000
99
3,317,000,000
100
3,074,000,000
101
2,990,000,000
102
2,855,000,000
103
2,833,000,000
104
2,827,000,000
105
2,666,000,000
106
2,625,000,000
107
2,470,000,000
108
2,414,000,000
109
2,267,000,000
110
2,258,000,000
111
2,199,000,000
112
1,993,000,000
113
1,895,000,000
114
1,863,000,000
115
1,582,000,000
116
1,304,000,000
117
1,249,000,000
118
1,072,000,000
119
903,000,000
120
889,000,000
121
845,400,000
122
437,000,000
123
372,300,000
124
202,200,000
125
150,000,000
126
100,000,000

Partial Sources: CIA.gov, CIA World Factbook, wikipedia.com, public domain print and media sources and user contributions. Some values may be estimated when official sources are lacking.

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