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Top 10 Richest Countries in Asia

What are the richest countries in Asia based on GDP per capita?
2022 data. Purchasing power parity. More info here
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Last updated: April 20, 2022
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First submittedApril 21, 2017
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GDP per Capita
Country
$132,000
Singapore
$113,000
Qatar
$78,300
United Arab Emirates
$75,000
Brunei
$68,700
Taiwan
GDP per Capita
Country
$57,400
Bahrain
$55,400
Saudi Arabia
$53,100
South Korea
$50,900
Kuwait
$50,200
Israel
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Level 75
May 7, 2019
There must be a scientific explanation for how I manage to forget Brunei on every quiz I take. Immaterial on quizzes like 'desert countries,' or 'countries where gay marriage is legal.' But when I reach for the brain cell labelled 'Brunei,' I just grab air. Sigh.
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Level 69
May 8, 2019
I'm the same, I get to the B's and I'm like Bhutan, Burundi and I always forget Brunei
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Level 48
Dec 2, 2022
and Bahrain ?
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Level 69
Jul 2, 2019
Just ask yourself, "am I forgetting an atrocious micronation internationally condemned for its human rights laws that would allow death by stoning for homosexuals and adulterers while its sultan lives lavishly hypocritical lifestyle?" or AIFAAMICFIHRLTWADBSFHAAWISLLHL for short.
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Level 69
May 8, 2019
Well, this was easy.
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Level 49
May 8, 2019
I thought Singapore was going to be in it
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Level 84
May 10, 2019
Yes, how disappointed you must have been when it turned out to be second on the list.
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Level 52
Nov 19, 2020
I too, wished the movie It took place in Singapore. Unfortunately, they just picked some random town in the US.
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Level 36
May 8, 2019
Like all of them were in the Middle East. What's up with that?
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Level 91
May 9, 2019
(Excluding the 5 of them that are not).
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Level 84
May 9, 2019
oil and what kogatora said.
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Level 55
Jun 11, 2019
Either there easteast asian or arabic. I forget Taiwan in every quiz. They are very underestimated i think. They surprise me every time
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Level 70
Jun 29, 2019
The usual suspects. I more or less expected to see Israel, but they got some tough competition apparently.
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Level 84
Jun 30, 2019
It's because they're using PPP. Israel in reality has a higher GDP per capita than the United Arab Emirates, Japan, Brunei, South Korea, Kuwait, Bahrain, Taiwan, or Saudi Arabia, but because it's a relatively more expensive place to live when you adjust for PPP then its economy gets unrealistically deflated. A lot of this I imagine has to do with out-of-control housing prices in Israel. Nominal GDP is not affected at all by the vagaries of housing market bubbles blowing up the price of rent. And perhaps counter-intuitively if there is a massive housing market crash in Israel, substantially lowering housing prices (but probably badly damaging the economy), it's PPP GDP per capita could go UP because PPP would calculate that shekels suddenly became worth more, even though everywhere else they would be worth the same

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Brunei are very cheap countries to live in so their numbers go up.

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Level 63
Jul 1, 2019
I was always under the impression that the Japanese and South Koreans were financially better off than these quizzes demonstrate. Very surprising to see Japan ranked so lowly.
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Level 55
Jan 19, 2020
i remembered that the middle east was a real thing in the last 15 seconds and i ended up getting all of them!
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Level 51
Jul 16, 2020
100%
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Level 65
Jun 25, 2021
You should really add an inequality index such as GINI somewhere in there. Also, accounting for non-citizen residents may shift this list quite a bit.
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Level 76
Dec 11, 2021
I'm kind of shocked that Israel isn't on here. I guess they don't really produce and export like the other nations.
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Level 49
Feb 16, 2022
100% 1 second left geez
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Level 50
Mar 30, 2022
I never knew Brunei had a high gdp per capita. I thought it was like Indonesia and Malaysia.
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Level 22
Jun 5, 2022
No Japan or Singapore ? Surprising
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Level 84
Dec 2, 2022
Look again. Singapore is #1. Which is, to me anyway, as surprising as a version of this where they don't make the cut.
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Level 32
Jul 21, 2022
Singapore tops the list. Not shocked at all.
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Level 60
Jul 22, 2022
All I can say is there is 6 in Middle East
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Level 47
Aug 7, 2022
I forgot Israel
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Level 62
Aug 29, 2022
You guys really have to stop using GDP PPP instead of real GDP... It's an imaginary statistic that has absolutely nothing to do with real life...
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Level 84
Dec 2, 2022
overstated but agreed in principle. PPP has *something* to do with real life... it's just a very bad way to measure total GDP.
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Level 33
Oct 13, 2022
Japan and china aren’t rich?
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Level 84
Dec 2, 2022
Japan: very high HDI, well-developed and generally prosperous. But the quiz uses PPP and many cities in Japan, most notably Tokyo, have a very high cost of living. So they get docked using this magical figuring. Another thing to consider is that Japan has extremely high income equality, relatively speaking.. so even next to some countries with higher GDP per capita Japan usually has less wealth concentrated at the top and fewer citizens living in poverty.

China: their economy has been growing by leaps and bound and they're about 100x better off now than they were under Mao and before adopting some free market economic reforms, but certainly they are still quite far from being a "rich" country. Maybe in another 2-3 decades, though I suspect that their one-child policy is going to start having a serious dire impact on their fortunes within the same time frame as they start running out of younger people to grow the economy and support their aging population.

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Level 73
Dec 2, 2022
Imagine how PPP rich you’d be if you commuted to Japan from North Korea!
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Level 48
Dec 2, 2022
10/10 too easy..many time left
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Level 51
Jan 9, 2023
Oh yeah, Singapore's a country, isn't it...