List of Countries Energy Use per Capita

A list of energy use (kg of oil equivalent) per capita by country.

The list shows a huge disparity between the highest energy users and the lowest.

It is worth bearing in mind:

  • Colder countries understandably have a relatively higher use of energy because more resources are devoted towards heating.
  • Energy producers have a high energy use, partly because energy tends to be much cheaper. (See cost of petrol per country)
  • The country with the highest energy use per capita is Iceland. A significant part of Iceland’s energy use is thermal energy from naturally occurring volcanic springs. Thus this energy is cheap and does not involve burning fossil fuels.
  • Nevertheless, the huge disparity in energy use primarily reflects different income levels throughout the world.

Energy Use of Major Countries

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Highest Energy Users per Capita

1Iceland16404.7
2Trinidad and Tobago15158.2
3Qatar14911.1
4Kuwait11402.1
5United Arab Emirates8588.0
6Bahrain8096.3
7Brunei Darussalam7971.3
8Luxembourg7934.1
9Canada7534.0
10North America7098.5
11United States7050.6
12Finland6212.9
13Australia5970.9
14Saudi Arabia5888.1
15Norway5849.3
16Oman5554.1
17Belgium5299.7
18Sweden4883.4
19High income4853.1
20Netherlands4729.2
21Korea, Rep.4659.8
22Russian Federation4558.6
23OECD members4260.3
24Kazakhstan4090.8
25New Zealand4032.3
26Czech Republic4004.0
27France3958.8
28Turkmenistan3932.8
29Germany3889.1
30Austria3784.4
31Singapore3704.4
32Japan3700.2
33Estonia3542.9
34Euro area3534.5
35Switzerland3480.5
36Slovenia3416.6
37Denmark3368.7
38European Union3305.7
39Libya3258.2
40Ireland3215.9
41United Kingdom3183.3
42Europe & Central Asia (all income levels)3160.8
43Slovak Republic3086.1
44Iran, Islamic Rep.2951.3
45South Africa2920.5
46Israel2878.3
47Europe & Central Asia (developing only)2830.5
48Belarus2814.8
49Spain2755.9
50Italy2735.0
51Greece2609.2
52Lithuania2511.7
53Ukraine2507.4
54Hungary2480.3
55Poland2463.5
56Malaysia2391.0
57Venezuela, RB2356.9
58Bulgaria2304.5
59Cyprus2297.7
60Portugal2266.3
61Hong Kong SAR, China2133.0
62Middle East & North Africa (all income levels)2070.1
63Serbia1973.8
64Croatia1964.9
65Malta1931.5
66Latvia1871.4
67Argentina1853.3
68Upper middle income1844.6
69World1790.1
70Uzbekistan1757.8
71East Asia & Pacific (all income levels)1733.6
72Chile1697.6
73China1695.3
74Arab World1678.1
75Romania1601.8
76Lebanon1580.3
77Bosnia and Herzegovina1579.9
78Mexico1558.8
79Thailand1503.7
80East Asia & Pacific (developing only)1436.5
81Middle East & North Africa (developing only)1398.9
82Turkey1359.3
83Macedonia, FYR1351.9
84Azerbaijan1337.6
85Latin America & Caribbean (all income levels)1277.8
86Jordan1259.6
87Middle income1256.1
88Latin America & Caribbean (developing only)1245.5
89Brazil1242.8
90Uruguay1223.7
91Gabon1214.2
92Jamaica1208.2
93Mongolia1193.9
94Low & middle income1163.1
95Algeria1137.6
96Syrian Arab Republic1123.0
97Costa Rica1067.1
98Iraq1034.9
99Botswana1033.7
100Cuba1021.6
101Egypt, Arab Rep.903.4
102Panama895.5
103Tunisia881.3
104Indonesia850.8
105Armenia843.2
106El Salvador828.2
107Dominican Republic826.1
108Ecuador796.0
109Korea, Dem. Rep.795.0
110Namibia763.8
111Zimbabwe762.7
112Paraguay749.4
113Vietnam744.5
114Georgia722.9
115Guatemala701.3
116Nigeria700.7
117Colombia697.2
118Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)693.6
119Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)693.6
120Moldova686.9
121Lower middle income659.5
122Angola641.1
123Bolivia637.6
124Zambia617.5
125Honduras591.6
126India559.6
127Kyrgyz Republic559.2
128Peru550.3
129Nicaragua540.3
130Albania537.8
131Cote d’Ivoire535.0
132South Asia514.4
133Pakistan501.6
134Morocco476.8
135Kenya474.5
136Sri Lanka453.9
137Tanzania450.7
138Togo445.0
139Mozambique427.2
140Philippines423.6
141Benin404.0
142Ethiopia402.5
143Ghana387.9
144Sudan372.3
145Cambodia370.7
146Low income364.7
147Cameroon360.8
148Congo, Dem. Rep.357.0
149Congo, Rep.355.8
150Tajikistan341.8
151Least developed countries: UN classification339.8
152Nepal338.4
153Yemen, Rep.324.1
154Myanmar316.4
155Haiti263.1
156Senegal242.8
157Bangladesh201.3
158Eritrea142.3

Technical note on definition of energy use

Energy use refers to use of primary energy before transformation to other end-use fuels, which is equal to indigenous production plus imports and stock changes, minus exports and fuels supplied to ships and aircraft engaged in international transport.

These figures come from World Bank data series 2009. This is data up to 2011, but this is much more patchy.

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