Top European Export Countries

Bridge in Dresden, Germany

Bridge in Dresden, Germany

Exports from Europe were worth about US$7 trillion in 2012, down 0.5% since 2008. European exports represent an estimated 38.1% of total world exports.

Based on statistics from the International Monetary Fund’s World Economic Outlook Database, the total Gross Domestic Product for all European countries amounted to roughly $21.6 trillion in 2012.

Therefore, exports accounted for about 32.5% of Europe’s total economic output.

Given Europe’s population of about 850 million people, the total $7 trillion in 2012 European exports translates to roughly $8,241 for every person on the continent. This compares with a benchmark $2,588 in exports per person for the world’s total exports (assuming an estimated global population of 7,095,217,980 per the CIA World Factbook).

Top European Export Countries

Below are the top European export countries that attained the highest dollar value in global shipments during 2012. Also shown is each country’s overall share of European exports.

  1. Germany: $1,416,184,199,000 (20.2% of total exports)
  2. Netherlands: $656,389,548,000 (9.4%)
  3. France: $569,572,593,000 (8.1%)
  4. Russian Federation: $524,564,991,000 (7.5%)
  5. Italy: $501,221,676,000 (7.2%)
  6. United Kingdom: $481,225,754,000 (6.9%)
  7. Belgium: $446,854,421,000 (6.4%)
  8. Spain: $285,936,446,000 (4.1%)
  9. Switzerland: $225,948,762,000 (3.2%)
  10. Poland: $179,603,599,000 (2.6%)
  11. Sweden: $172,596,416,000 (2.5%)
  12. Austria: $166,606,236,000 (2.4%)
  13. Norway: $159,999,230,000 (2.3%)
  14. Czech Republic: $156,026,646,000 (2.2%)
  15. Turkey: $152,536,653,000 (2.2%)
  16. Denmark: $105,772,290,000 (1.5%)
  17. Hungary: $104,030,611,000 (1.5%)
  18. Kazakhstan: $92,281,521,000 (1.3%)
  19. Slovakia: $80,751,997,000 (1.2%)
  20. Finland: $73,073,249,000 (1%)

In total, these 20 countries provided 93.5% of European exports during 2012. Among the 20 leading European exporters, half decreased their export sales from 2008 to 2012. The leading decliners were: Finland (down 24.3%), Denmark (down 9.6%), Austria (down 8.1%), and Italy (down 7.7%).

See also Fastest-Growing European Export Countries


 
Research Sources:
International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Database (GDP based on Purchasing Power Parity). Accessed on June 4, 2013

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports and World Population, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on June 4, 2013

Trade Map, International Trade Centre, www.intracen.org/marketanalysis. Accessed on June 4, 2013