China’s Provinces if they were Countries [UPDATED]


[UPDATE] Since The Atlantic’s orignal article, ‘The Economist’ has taken the liberty of publishing it’s own list, with an interactive version that can be found at http://www.economist.com/content/all_parities_china. I’ve included a static map version of The Economist’s data below.

I’ve recently started following ‘The Atlantic’ which has provided some interesting insights and analysis. In the last month or two, quite a few China comparisons have cropped up. As a Chinese person, they have naturally intrigued me.

Here is James Fallows’s comparison of Chinese Provinces and what they’d be like economically as countries. It certainly provides an interesting comparison and provokes some interesting questions.

From http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2011/02/comparing-the-gdp-of-chinas-provinces-to-countries/71377/

In order from largest GDP to smallest:

1. Guangdong: 12.2% growth, $689 billion
2. Jiangsu: 13.5% growth, $620 billion = Turkey: $614 billion
3. Shandong: 12.5% growth, $597 billion = Indonesia: $540 billion
4. Zhejiang: 11.8% growth, $411 billion = Sweden: $406 billion
5. Henan: 12% growth, $333 billion = Greece: $329 billion
6. Hebei: 12.2% growth, $306 billion = Denmark: $309 billion
7. Liaoning: 13% growth, $265 billion = Thailand: $263 billion
8. Sichuan: 15.1% growth, $256 billion
9. Shanghai: 9.9% growth, $255.6 billion
10. Hunan: 14.5% growth, $241 billion = Finland: $238 billion
11. Hubei: 14.8% growth, $239 billion = Colombia: $234 billion
12. Fujian: 13.8% growth, $209 billion = Ireland: $227 billion
13. Beijing: 10.2% growth, $208.7 billion
14. Anhui: 14.5% growth, $185.8 billion = Egypt: $188 billion
15. Inner Mongolia: 15% growth, $176 billion = Chile: $163 billion
16. Shaanxi: 14.5% growth, $151.8 billion
17. Heilongjiang: 12.5% growth, $150 billion
18. Guangxi: 14.2% growth, $144 billion
19. Jiangxi: 14% growth, $143 billion
20. Tianjin: 17.4% growth, $138 billion = Algeria: $140 billion
21. Shanxi: 13.9% growth, $137.7 billion
22. Jilin: 13.7% growth, $130 billion = Hungary: $129 billion
23. Chongqing: 17.1% growth, $119.5 billion = Kazakhstan: $115 billion
24. Yunnan: 12.3% growth, $109.4 billion
25. Xinjiang: 10.6% growth, $82.1 billion
26. Guizhou: 12.8% growth, $69.6 billion
27. Gansu: 11.5% growth, $62 billion = Libya: $62 billion
28. Hainan: 15.8% growth, $31.1 billion = Uruguay: $31.5 billion
29. Ningxia: 13.4% growth, $24.9 billion = Kenya: $29 billion
30. Qinghai: 15.3% growth, $20.5 billion = Turkmenistan: $20 billion
31. Tibet: 12.3% growth, $7.7 billion = Papua New Guinea: $7.9 billion

The Economist

Chinese Provinces as Countries

Analysis from The Economist

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