The World
Following are the richest countries in the world by gross domestic product (with purchasing power parity) per capita. Using the purchasing power parity (PPP) value of all end goods to show the true dollar value within a country in a given year. Oil nations dominate the list, as well as some that may come as a surprise. All figures in this article are taken from the last 15, according to the International Monetary Fund.

15. Bahrain - GDP of US $ 51,850 (PPP) per capita

Bahrain, an island country in the Persian Gulf, enjoys a per capita income of $ 51,850, making it the richest country in the world at 15. In addition, Bahrain is home to one of the fastest growing economies in the world. . Although the economy is still largely dependent on oil - oil processing is the country's most popular export - Bahrain has diversified its economy into sectors such as service and tourism.

14. Iceland - $ 52,150 GDP (PPP) per capita

This European island country, found in the North Atlantic Ocean, has a per capita income of $ 52,150. Iceland is a highly developed country with a population of around 300,000. Although the country has a small population, its residents enjoy a high quality of life, with access to high quality education and universal medical care. Key components of Iceland's economy include software production, biotechnology, and tourism (ecotourism in particular).

13. Netherlands - $ 53,580 GDP (PPP) per capita

With 16.8 million people and a per capita GDP of $ 53,580, the Netherlands is more than just a country known for its beautiful tulips. Its success comes from three main sectors: mining, agriculture and manufacturing. Many people do not know that the Netherlands is really a kingdom of four countries: Aruba, Curacao, the Netherlands and Sint Maarten. However, the Netherlands represents 98% of the total area of ​​the Kingdom.

12. Saudi Arabia - $ 55,260 GDP (PPP) per capita

Saudi Arabia's economy is mainly oil-based, with strong government control over key economic activities. The country's GDP (PPP) per capita is $ 55,260. Saudi Arabia owns 18% of the world's proven oil reserves and is considered the largest oil exporter. He played a leading role in OPEC for many years. The oil sector accounts for almost all Saudi government revenues and export revenues. Despite having the largest oil reserves in the world, its per capita income is much lower than that of the smaller neighbors of the Persian Gulf.

11. United States - $ 59,500 GDP (PPP) per capita

While most nations on the list have (relatively) small populations, it is impressive that the world's largest economy, the United States, can maintain a per capita GDP (PPP) of $ 59,500, considering its population of over 310 million people. . Reasons behind its success include its large national automotive industry, a technology sector that fosters innovation, and a democracy system that protects intellectual and business property rights.

10. San Marino - $ 60,360 GDP (PPP) per capita

San Marino's small European microstate is designated as the tenth richest country in the world, with average personal income reaching $ 60,360. San Marino's main industries include banking, tourism, electronics and wine and cheese production. Notably, San Marino has no national debt. About half of its economy is supplied by tourism.

9. Switzerland - $ 61,360 GDP (PPP) per capita

The GDP (PPP) per Swiss citizen is $ 61,360. Swiss banking and financial institutions keep this country and its economy afloat. It is important to note that some of the richest people and companies in the world have bank accounts in Switzerland and therefore Switzerland has excess capital for investment purposes. Zurich and Geneva, Switzerland's best-known cities, have consistently ranked in the top ten in the world in terms of living standards.

8. The United Arab Emirates - $ 68,250 GDP (PPP) per capita

This federation of Middle Eastern Emirates has an area of ​​approximately 32,278 square miles, meaning it can easily fit within the state of New York (54,556 square miles). With a population of 9.2 million people, it is slightly more populous than New Jersey. About one-third of the $ 68,250 per capita economy comes from oil revenues, while services and telecommunications also contribute significantly. The United Arab Emirates is the second largest economy in the Arab world after Saudi Arabia.

7. Kuwait - $ 69,670 GDP (PPP) per capita

Kuwait is home to a relatively open small economy and its citizens enjoy a GDP per capita (PPP) of $ 69,670. The most valuable currency in the world today is the Kuwaiti dinar. With almost 10% of the world's oil reserves, oil accounts for almost half of GDP and 95% of government export and revenue. In recent years, Kuwait has done little to diversify its economy due to a very positive fiscal situation.

6. Norway - $ 70,590 GDP (PPP) per capita

The per capita GDP of this Nordic country of $ 70,590 allows its 4.97 million people to reap the benefits of a small but robust economy. Driven by fishing, natural resources, and large oil exploration, Norway is the eighth largest exporter of crude oil, the world's largest exporter of refined oil, and the largest exporter of natural gas in the world. Norway is also consistently ranked among the best places in the world to live.

5. Ireland - $ 72,630 GDP (PPP) per capita

Emerald Isle has a per capita income of about $ 72,630 with a population of about 4.8 million people. The main industries driving its economy are textiles, mining, and food - staples in any economy. In OECD rankings, Ireland currently ranks 4th in total.

4. Brunei - $ 76,740 GDP (PPP) per capita

With a per capita income (PPP) of $ 76,740, Brunei is the fourth richest county in the world. The small state in Southeast Asia has a total area of ​​2,226 sq mi and a population of 417,200 as of July 2015. The county's rich economy is supported by the oil sector. Brunei is the ninth largest producer of liquefied natural gas in the world, as well as the third largest oil producer in Southeast Asia. The government is working on diversifying the economy to rely less on oil revenues.

3. Singapore - $ 90,530 GDP (PPP) per capita

This tiny city-state has risen from position 5 to 3rd with a per capita income (PPP) of $ 90,530, which is five times the average per capita income of an average person in the world. The cornerstone of Singapore's wealth is its financial services industry, chemical export industry and its liberal economic policies that spur growth and innovation. Singapore has the second busiest port in the world, exporting $ 414 billion in goods in 2011 alone.

2. Luxembourg - GDP 109,190 (PPP) per capita

Symbol of wealth, Luxembourg ranks second with a GDP per capita (PPP) of $ 109,190. This is nine times the world average. The backbone of this strong economy is its vibrant financial sector, prudent fiscal policies, and dynamic industrial and steel sectors. Banking in Luxembourg is the largest sector of its economy, with an asset base of over $ 1.24 trillion.

1. Qatar - $ 124,930 GDP (PPP) per capita

Qatar is the richest country in the world with a per capita income of $ 124,930. Qatar has a well-developed oil exploration industry, where the oil industry accounts for 70% of its government revenue, 60% of its GDP and 85% of its export earnings. Although Qatar's GDP size is only in the top 50 in the world, the country's relatively low population of two million results in a large per capita GDP, where most of the country's residents enjoy a high standard of living.