The Oil Industry Across the Globe: By the Numbers

Published on by on October 14, 2013 | Updated February 25, 2014

The following tool allows users to dissect the global oil space by year and four key factors: consumption, production, imports and exports. The corresponding map displays the figures by nation; hover over the desired country with your mouse for further details.





Below we outline the growth of today’s five biggest oil producing countries:

Oil Production

Below we outline the growth of today’s five biggest oil consuming countries:

Oil Consumption

Below we outline the growth of today’s five biggest oil importing countries:

Oil Import

Below we outline the growth of today’s five biggest oil exporting countries:

Oil Export



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Oil Fun Facts

The global oil space has seen big developments over the last three decades. Below, we spell out some of the most unique facts about this industry:

  1. What country currently produces the most oil? As of the end of 2012, Saudi Arabia had a narrow lead over the U.S., producing 4.214 billion barrels last year.
  2. What country currently consumes the most oil? According to the most recent government, year-end data, the U.S. is by far the biggest consumer, using up nearly 7 billion barrels of oil in 2011.
  3. What country currently exports the most oil? The most recent export data reveals that the U.S. takes first place, shipping 843 million barrels across the borders in 2010.
  4. What country currently imports the most oil? Despite being the largest consumer and largest exporter, the U.S. is also the biggest importer, bringing in just shy of 950 million barrels in 2010.

The table below shows some of the largest ETFs that are wholly dedicated to a single country. Click on the ticker to learn more about the fund or click on the country to see what else offers exposure to that region:

Country ETF
Argentina FTSE Argentina 20 ETF (ARGT, B+)
Australia MSCI Australia ETF (EWA, A-)
Austria iShares MSCI Austria Capped ETF (EWO, B+)
Belgium iShares MSCI Belgium Capped ETF (EWK, B)
Brazil iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (EWZ, A-)
Canada iShares MSCI Canada ETF (EWC, B-)
Chile iShares MSCI Chile Capped ETF (ECH, C+)
China iShares China Large-Cap ETF (FXI, A-)
Colombia InterBolsa FTSE Colombia 20 ETF (GXG, A)
Denmark MSCI Denmark Capped Investable Market Index Fund (EDEN, C+)
Egypt Egypt Index ETF (EGPT, C)
Finland MSCI Finland Capped Investable Market Index Fund (EFNL, B)
France iShares MSCI France ETF (EWQ, B+)
Germany iShares MSCI Germany ETF (EWG, B+)
Greece FTSE Greece 20 ETF (GREK, C+)
Hong Kong iShares MSCI Hong Kong ETF (EWH, A-)
India MSCI India Index Fund (INDA, B)
Indonesia Market Vectors Indonesia Index ETF (IDX, B-)
Ireland iShares MSCI Ireland Capped ETF (EIRL, C+)
Israel iShares MSCI Israel Capped ETF (EIS, B-)
Italy iShares MSCI Italy Capped ETF (EWI, B-)
Japan iShares MSCI Japan ETF (EWJ, A)
Malaysia iShares MSCI Malaysia ETF (EWM, A)
Mexico iShares MSCI Mexico Capped ETF (EWW, A)
Netherlands iShares MSCI Netherlands ETF (EWN, B+)
New Zealand iShares MSCI New Zealand Capped ETF (ENZL, A-)
Norway FTSE Norway 30 ETF (NORW, B)
Peru iShares MSCI All Peru Capped ETF (EPU, B+)
Philippines iShares MSCI Philippines ETF (EPHE, C+)
Poland iShares MSCI Poland Capped ETF (EPOL, B)
Russia Market Vectors Russia ETF (RSX, B)
Singapore iShares MSCI Singapore ETF (EWS, A)
South Africa iShares MSCI South Africa ETF (EZA)
South Korea iShares MSCI South Korea Capped ETF (EWY, A-)
Spain iShares MSCI Spain Capped ETF (EWP, A-)
Sweden iShares MSCI Sweden ETF (EWD, B+)
Switzerland iShares MSCI Switzerland Capped ETF (EWL, B+)
Taiwan iShares MSCI Taiwan ETF (EWT, A-)
Thailand MSCI Thailand Capped ETF (THD, A-)
Turkey MSCI Turkey ETF (TUR, B+)
U.K. iShares MSCI United Kingdom ETF (EWU, B+)

Disclosure: No positions at time of writing.