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From Radioactive Chemicals to Booze, This Map Shows Every Country's Biggest Export

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Travel Editor
Updated: 16 January 2018

Whether it’s gold, radioactive chemicals or hard liquor, this map shows you nearly every country’s biggest export. Some may surprise you!

Concentrated milk from New Zealand, grapes from Afghanistan and fish fillets from the Maldives – foodstuffs are among the most unusual items that make for nations’ biggest exports around the world.

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Cars and fuel are among Europe’s biggest exports. France trades in planes, helicopters and even spacecrafts! Who’d have guessed that gold and medicine would be the UK and Ireland’s most exported goods, or that Finland specialises in Kaolin coated paper (which gives it a glossy, smooth finish)?

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Africa mostly exports metals, minerals and organic goods such as gold, iron ore, petroleum, coffee, tea and cacao beans. Benin breaks the mould, dealing mainly in raw cotton, as does Niger which exports huge quantities of radioactive chemicals.

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Asia supplies the world’s electronics, computers and circuit boards, while Indonesia’s biggest export is electrical energy. Cambodia exports knit sweaters more than anything else. Simply amazing!

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Central and South America has an unusual variety of exports, not least of all knit t-shirts from El Salvador and soybeans from Brazil.

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Both Canada and the United States deal mainly in petroleum, while Greenland’s biggest export is, yep you guessed it…non-fillet frozen fish.

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The guys at vouchercloud have compiled a complete breakdown in case you were wondering.

Export Category     Number of Countries
Fuel     53
Metal, Mineral and Organic     50
Food and Produce     35
Transportation     24
Electronics     14
Textiles     6
Medical     5

 


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