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This World Map Shows Where Familes Save the Most Money

The Global Finance Magazine recently released an article aggregating household savings rates across the world for 2015, sourcing data from the Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation (OECD). Household savings, as defined by the Global Finance Magazine, is “the difference between a household’s disposable income (wages, income of the self-employed and net property income) and its consumption (expenditures on goods and services).

We built a map to provide a visualization of the household savings rates around the world by comparing 25 different countries. The map size of the country is scaled based on the household savings rate. Countries appear larger the greater the savings rate. Countries are also colored by their respective GDP per capita on a purchasing power parity (PPP) basis as provided by the Central Intelligence Agency’s World Factbook estimates. Using the PPP exchange as defined by the International Monetary Fund (“the rate at which the currency of one country would have to be converted into that of another country to buy the same amount of goods and services in each country”) allows us to compare countries with different currencies. Based on the data, the highest savings rate is 17.8% and the lowest is -4.1%. Additionally, the highest GDP per capita is $102,900 and the lowest GDP per capita is $26,000. Can you guess which countries saved the most and least?

Countries with the Highest Savings Rates

  • Switzerland: 17.82%

  • Luxembourg: 17.34%

  • Sweden: 15.83%

  • Germany: 9.55%

  • Hungary: 9.02%

Countries with the Highest GDP Per Capita

  • Luxembourg: $102,900

  • Norway: $68,400

  • Australia: $65,400

  • Switzerland: $59,300

  • United States: $56,300

Countries with the Lowest Savings Rates

  • Denmark: -4.06%

  • Finland: 0.82%

  • Japan: 2.42%

  • Spain: 2.88%

  • Estonia: 2.93%

Countries with the Lowest GDP Per Capita

  • Hungary: $26,000

  • Poland: $26,400

  • Estonia: $28,700

  • Slovak Republic: $29,500

  • Slovenia: $30,900

Higher GDP per capita does not mean a higher savings rate!

How do you as an individual compare to your country’s savings rate? Are you saving more than the average citizen?

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