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World Gold Production Statistics by Country
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Published : January 11th, 2015
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Gold production makes a sizable contribution to a countrys economy. Gold is mined around 90 countries worldwide. The statistics is based on the 2013 estimates in metric tons. South Africa was the dominant producer of Gold until 2006, it is now ranked sixth. China is now the first with 420 metric tons of Gold production among world countries, followed by Australia, United States and Russia.

Gold Production Statistics by Top Countries
China 420 Metric Tons
Australia 255 Metric Tons
United States 227 Metric Tons
Russia 220 Metric Tons
Peru 150 Metric Tons
South Africa 145 Metric Tons
Canada 120 Metric Tons
Mexico 100 Metric Tons
Uzbekistan 93 Metric Tons
Ghana 85 Metric Tons
Brazil 75 Metric Tons
Papua New Guinea 62 Metric Tons
Indonesia 60 Metric Tons
Chile 55 Metric Tons

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Although gold production can be an important source of a nation's income stream, it is relative to each nation's economy and its population base.

As an example consider US production of 227 tonnes.
This is roughly 6 million ounces and at $1200 in USD per ounce, it totals roughly $7.2 billion.
Current estimates of the 2014 GDP for the USA is about $17.5 trillion*.
Works out to about 0.0004%.

In developing countries, the income stream can be a sizable contribution. Emphasis on "can".
Quite often the miner is a multi-national with most of the shareholders outside the country being mined.
Royalties and mayhaps a capital stake ROI in the mine once again "can" be considerable, but history supports this income stream and its utility as ephemeral at best. Each following election sees more of this income stream diverted to pet projects that all too often are purely self-interest and political.

A nation's aggregate wealth should only be looked at from the analysis of its citizen's contributions to over-all productivity.
Again using the USA as an example: $17.5 trillion (GDP) divided by 316 million (total US population) returns a average per capita GDP contribution of $55,000 and change. That is man, woman, child and the grand-parents in their rest-home/ retirement village. Now if we recompute this with a 90 million working population, we are left with an average GDP contribution of just under $200,000 per worker.

Perhaps the major flaw resides in the definition of GDP?

China is the largest gold producing country in the world and also tops in the list of gold consumption.
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