Country ranking for field: natural resources 1998

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This entry lists a country's mineral, petroleum, hydropower, and other resources of commercial importance, such as rare earth elements (REEs). In general, products appear only if they make a significant contribution to the economy, or are likely to do so in the future.

1flag of AfghanistanAfghanistan0 
2flag of PakistanPakistanland extensive natural gas reserves limited petroleum poor quality coal iron ore copper salt limestone 
3flag of NepalNepalquartz water timber hydropower potential scenic beauty small deposits of lignite copper cobalt iron ore 
4flag of New CaledoniaNew Caledonianickel chrome iron cobalt manganese silver gold lead copper 
5flag of New ZealandNew Zealandnatural gas iron ore sand coal timber hydropower gold limestone 
6flag of NicaraguaNicaraguagold silver copper tungsten lead zinc timber fish 
7flag of NigerNigeruranium coal iron ore tin phosphates gold petroleum 
8flag of NigeriaNigeriapetroleum tin columbite iron ore coal limestone lead zinc natural gas 
9flag of NiueNiuefish arable land 
10flag of Norfolk IslandNorfolk Islandfish 
11flag of North KoreaNorth Koreacoal lead tungsten zinc graphite magnesite iron ore copper gold pyrites salt fluorspar hydropower 
12flag of Northern Mariana IslandsNorthern Mariana Islandsarable land fish 
13flag of NorwayNorwaypetroleum copper natural gas pyrites nickel iron ore zinc lead fish timber hydropower 
14flag of OmanOmanpetroleum copper asbestos some marble limestone chromium gypsum natural gas 
15flag of Pacific OceanPacific Oceanoil and gas fields polymetallic nodules sand and gravel aggregates placer deposits fish 
16flag of PalauPalauforests minerals 
17flag of NauruNauruphosphates 
18flag of Palmyra AtollPalmyra Atollnone 
19flag of PanamaPanamacopper mahogany forests shrimp 
20flag of Papua New GuineaPapua New Guineagold copper silver natural gas timber oil fisheries 
21flag of Paracel IslandsParacel Islandsnone 
22flag of ParaguayParaguayhydropower timber iron ore manganese limestone 
23flag of PeruPerucopper silver gold petroleum timber fish iron ore coal phosphate potash 
24flag of PhilippinesPhilippinestimber petroleum nickel cobalt silver gold salt copper 
25flag of Pitcairn IslandsPitcairn Islandsmiro trees 
26flag of PolandPolandcoal sulfur copper natural gas silver lead salt 
27flag of PortugalPortugalfish forests 
28flag of Puerto RicoPuerto Ricosome copper and nickel; potential for onshore and offshore oil 
29flag of QatarQatarpetroleum natural gas fish 
30flag of RomaniaRomaniapetroleum 
31flag of Navassa IslandNavassa Islandguano 
32flag of NamibiaNamibiadiamonds copper uranium gold lead tin lithium cadmium zinc salt vanadium natural gas fish; suspected deposits of oil natural gas coal iron ore 
33flag of RwandaRwandagold cassiterite 
34flag of MaliMaligold phosphates kaolin salt limestone uranium bauxite iron ore manganese tin and copper deposits are known but not exploited 
35flag of LatviaLatviaminimal; amber peat limestone dolomite 
36flag of LebanonLebanonlimestone iron ore salt water-surplus state in a water-deficit region 
37flag of LesothoLesothowater agricultural and grazing land some diamonds and other minerals 
38flag of LiberiaLiberiairon ore timber diamonds gold 
39flag of LibyaLibyapetroleum natural gas gypsum 
40flag of LiechtensteinLiechtensteinhydroelectric potential 
41flag of LithuaniaLithuaniapeat 
42flag of LuxembourgLuxembourgiron ore 
43flag of MacauMacauNEGL 
44flag of MadagascarMadagascargraphite chromite coal bauxite salt quartz tar sands semiprecious stones mica fish 
45flag of MalawiMalawilimestone unexploited deposits of uranium coal and bauxite 
46flag of MalaysiaMalaysiatin petroleum timber copper iron ore natural gas bauxite 
47flag of MaldivesMaldivesfish 
48flag of MaltaMaltalimestone salt 
49flag of MyanmarMyanmarpetroleum timber tin antimony zinc copper tungsten lead coal some marble limestone precious stones natural gas 
50flag of Marshall IslandsMarshall Islandsphosphate deposits marine products deep seabed minerals 
51flag of MartiniqueMartiniquecoastal scenery and beaches cultivable land 
52flag of MauritaniaMauritaniairon ore gypsum fish copper phosphate 
53flag of MauritiusMauritiusarable land fish 
54flag of MayotteMayotteNEGL 
55flag of MexicoMexicopetroleum silver copper gold lead zinc natural gas timber 
56flag of Midway IslandsMidway Islandsfish wildlife 
57flag of MoldovaMoldovalignite phosphorites gypsum 
58flag of MonacoMonaconone 
59flag of MongoliaMongoliaoil coal copper molybdenum tungsten phosphates tin nickel zinc wolfram fluorspar gold 
60flag of MontserratMontserratNEGL 
61flag of MoroccoMoroccophosphates iron ore manganese lead zinc fish salt 
62flag of MozambiqueMozambiquecoal titanium natural gas 
63flag of RussiaRussiawide natural resource base including major deposits of oil natural gas coal and many strategic minerals timber 
64flag of Saint HelenaSaint Helenafish 
65flag of KyrgyzstanKyrgyzstanabundant hydroelectric potential; significant deposits of gold and rare earth metals; locally exploitable coal oil and natural gas; other deposits of nepheline mercury bismuth lead and zinc 
66flag of UkraineUkraineiron ore coal manganese natural gas oil salt sulfur graphite titanium magnesium kaolin nickel mercury timber 
67flag of The NetherlandsThe Netherlandsnatural gas petroleum fertile soil 
68flag of TogoTogophosphates limestone marble 
69flag of TokelauTokelauNEGL 
70flag of TongaTongafish fertile soil 
71flag of Trinidad and TobagoTrinidad and Tobagopetroleum natural gas asphalt 
72flag of Tromelin IslandTromelin Islandfish 
73flag of TunisiaTunisiapetroleum phosphates iron ore lead zinc salt 
74flag of TurkeyTurkeyantimony coal chromium mercury copper borate sulfur iron ore 
75flag of TurkmenistanTurkmenistanpetroleum natural gas coal sulfur salt 
76flag of Turks and Caicos IslandsTurks and Caicos Islandsspiny lobster conch 
77flag of TuvaluTuvalufish 
78flag of U.S. Virgin IslandsU.S. Virgin Islandssun sand sea surf 
79flag of UgandaUgandacopper cobalt limestone salt 
80flag of United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emiratespetroleum natural gas 
81flag of The BahamasThe Bahamassalt aragonite timber 
82flag of United KingdomUnited Kingdomcoal petroleum natural gas tin limestone iron ore salt clay chalk gypsum lead silica 
83flag of United StatesUnited Statescoal copper lead molybdenum phosphates uranium bauxite gold iron mercury nickel potash silver tungsten zinc petroleum natural gas timber 
84flag of UruguayUruguayfertile soil hydropower minor minerals fisheries 
85flag of UzbekistanUzbekistannatural gas petroleum coal gold uranium silver copper lead and zinc tungsten molybdenum 
86flag of VanuatuVanuatumanganese hardwood forests fish 
87flag of VenezuelaVenezuelapetroleum natural gas iron ore gold bauxite other minerals hydropower diamonds 
88flag of VietnamVietnamphosphates coal manganese bauxite chromate offshore oil and gas deposits forests 
89flag of Wake IslandWake Islandnone 
90flag of Wallis and FutunaWallis and FutunaNEGL 
91flag of West BankWest BankNEGL 
92flag of Western SaharaWestern Saharaphosphates iron ore 
93flag of YemenYemenpetroleum fish rock salt marble small deposits of coal gold lead nickel and copper fertile soil in west 
94flag of ZambiaZambiacopper cobalt zinc lead coal emeralds gold silver uranium hydropower potential 
95flag of The GambiaThe Gambiafish 
96flag of ThailandThailandtin rubber natural gas tungsten tantalum timber lead fish gypsum lignite fluorite 
97flag of Saint Kitts and NevisSaint Kitts and NevisNEGL 
98flag of SomaliaSomaliauranium and largely unexploited reserves of iron ore tin gypsum bauxite copper salt 
99flag of Saint LuciaSaint Luciaforests sandy beaches minerals 
100flag of Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesNEGL 
101flag of SamoaSamoahardwood forests fish 
102flag of San MarinoSan Marinobuilding stone 
103flag of Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabiapetroleum natural gas iron ore gold copper 
104flag of SenegalSenegalfish phosphates iron ore 
105flag of Serbia and MontenegroSerbia and Montenegrooil gas coal antimony copper lead zinc nickel gold pyrite chrome 
106flag of SeychellesSeychellesfish copra cinnamon trees 
107flag of Sierra LeoneSierra Leonediamonds titanium ore bauxite iron ore gold chromite 
108flag of SingaporeSingaporefish deepwater ports 
109flag of SlovakiaSlovakiabrown coal and lignite; small amounts of iron ore copper and manganese ore; salt 
110flag of SloveniaSlovenialignite coal lead zinc mercury uranium silver 
111flag of Solomon IslandsSolomon Islandsfish forests gold bauxite phosphates lead zinc nickel 
112flag of South AfricaSouth Africagold chromium antimony coal iron ore manganese nickel phosphates tin uranium gem diamonds platinum copper vanadium salt natural gas 
113flag of TanzaniaTanzaniahydropower potential tin phosphates iron ore coal diamonds gemstones gold natural gas nickel 
114flag of South KoreaSouth Koreacoal tungsten graphite molybdenum lead hydropower 
115flag of SpainSpaincoal lignite iron ore uranium mercury pyrites fluorspar gypsum zinc lead tungsten copper kaolin potash hydropower 
116flag of Spratly IslandsSpratly Islandsfish guano undetermined oil and natural gas potential 
117flag of Sri LankaSri Lankalimestone graphite mineral sands gems phosphates clay 
118flag of SudanSudanpetroleum; small reserves of iron ore copper chromium ore zinc tungsten mica silver gold 
119flag of SurinameSurinametimber hydropower potential fish kaolin shrimp bauxite gold and small amounts of nickel copper platinum iron ore 
120flag of SvalbardSvalbardcoal copper iron ore phosphate zinc wildlife fish 
121flag of SwazilandSwazilandasbestos coal clay cassiterite hydropower forests small gold and diamond deposits quarry stone and talc 
122flag of SwedenSwedenzinc iron ore lead copper silver timber uranium hydropower potential 
123flag of SwitzerlandSwitzerlandhydropower potential timber salt 
124flag of SyriaSyriapetroleum phosphates chrome and manganese ores asphalt iron ore rock salt marble gypsum 
125flag of TaiwanTaiwansmall deposits of coal natural gas limestone marble and asbestos 
126flag of TajikistanTajikistansignificant hydropower potential some petroleum uranium mercury brown coal lead zinc antimony tungsten 
127flag of LaosLaostimber hydropower gypsum tin gold gemstones 
128flag of KuwaitKuwaitpetroleum fish shrimp natural gas 
129flag of AlbaniaAlbaniapetroleum natural gas coal chromium copper timber nickel 
130flag of ChinaChinacoal iron ore petroleum mercury tin tungsten antimony manganese molybdenum vanadium magnetite aluminum lead zinc uranium hydropower potential 
131flag of British Virgin IslandsBritish Virgin IslandsNEGL 
132flag of BruneiBruneipetroleum natural gas timber 
133flag of BulgariaBulgariabauxite copper lead zinc coal timber arable land 
134flag of Burkina FasoBurkina Fasomanganese limestone marble; small deposits of gold antimony copper nickel bauxite lead phosphates zinc silver 
135flag of BurundiBurundinickel uranium rare earth oxides peat cobalt copper platinum 
136flag of Cabo VerdeCabo Verdesalt basalt rock pozzuolana 
137flag of CambodiaCambodiatimber gemstones some iron ore manganese phosphates hydropower potential 
138flag of CameroonCameroonpetroleum bauxite iron ore timber hydropower potential 
139flag of CanadaCanadanickel zinc copper gold lead molybdenum potash silver fish timber wildlife coal petroleum natural gas 
140flag of Cayman IslandsCayman Islandsfish climate and beaches that foster tourism 
141flag of Central African RepublicCentral African Republicdiamonds uranium timber gold oil 
142flag of ChadChadpetroleum 
143flag of ChileChilecopper timber iron ore nitrates precious metals molybdenum 
144flag of Christmas IslandChristmas Islandphosphate 
145flag of BrazilBrazilbauxite gold iron ore manganese nickel phosphates platinum tin uranium petroleum hydropower timber 
146flag of Clipperton IslandClipperton Islandnone 
147flag of Cocos IslandsCocos Islandsfish 
148flag of ColombiaColombiapetroleum natural gas coal iron ore nickel gold copper emeralds 
149flag of ComorosComorosNEGL 
150flag of CongoCongopetroleum timber potash lead zinc uranium copper phosphates natural gas 
151flag of Cook IslandsCook IslandsNEGL 
152flag of Coral Sea IslandsCoral Sea IslandsNEGL 
153flag of Costa RicaCosta Ricahydropower potential 
154flag of CroatiaCroatiaoil some coal bauxite low-grade iron ore calcium natural asphalt silica mica clays salt 
155flag of CubaCubacobalt nickel iron ore copper manganese salt timber silica petroleum 
156flag of CyprusCypruscopper pyrites asbestos gypsum timber salt marble clay earth pigment 
157flag of Czech RepublicCzech Republichard coal soft coal kaolin clay graphite 
158flag of Côte d'IvoireCôte d'Ivoirepetroleum diamonds manganese iron ore cobalt bauxite copper 
159flag of British Indian Ocean TerritoryBritish Indian Ocean Territorycoconuts fish 
160flag of Bouvet IslandBouvet Islandnone 
161flag of DenmarkDenmarkpetroleum natural gas fish salt limestone stone gravel and sand 
162flag of AustraliaAustraliabauxite coal iron ore copper tin silver uranium nickel tungsten mineral sands lead zinc diamonds natural gas petroleum 
163flag of AlgeriaAlgeriapetroleum natural gas iron ore phosphates uranium lead zinc 
164flag of American SamoaAmerican Samoapumice pumicite 
165flag of AndorraAndorrahydropower mineral water timber iron ore lead 
166flag of AngolaAngolapetroleum diamonds iron ore phosphates copper feldspar gold bauxite uranium 
167flag of AnguillaAnguillasalt fish lobster 
168flag of AntarcticaAntarcticanone presently exploited; iron ore chromium copper gold nickel platinum and other minerals and coal and hydrocarbons have been found in small uncommercial quantities 
169flag of Antigua and BarbudaAntigua and Barbudanegligible; pleasant climate fosters tourism 
170flag of Arctic OceanArctic Oceansand and gravel aggregates placer deposits polymetallic nodules oil and gas fields fish marine mammals 
171flag of ArgentinaArgentinafertile plains of the pampas lead zinc tin copper iron ore manganese petroleum uranium 
172flag of ArmeniaArmeniasmall deposits of gold copper molybdenum zinc alumina 
173flag of ArubaArubanegligible; white sandy beaches 
174flag of Ashmore and Cartier IslandsAshmore and Cartier Islandsfish 
175flag of Atlantic OceanAtlantic Oceanoil and gas fields fish marine mammals 
176flag of AustriaAustriairon ore oil timber magnesite lead coal lignite copper hydropower 
177flag of BotswanaBotswanadiamonds copper nickel salt soda ash potash coal iron ore silver 
178flag of AzerbaijanAzerbaijanpetroleum natural gas iron ore nonferrous metals alumina 
179flag of Baker IslandBaker Islandguano 
180flag of BangladeshBangladeshnatural gas arable land timber 
181flag of BarbadosBarbadospetroleum fish natural gas 
182flag of Bassas da IndiaBassas da Indianone 
183flag of BelarusBelarusforests peat deposits small quantities of oil and natural gas 
184flag of BelgiumBelgiumcoal natural gas 
185flag of BelizeBelizearable land: potential timber fish 
186flag of BeninBeninsmall offshore oil deposits limestone marble timber 
187flag of BermudaBermudalimestone pleasant climate fostering tourism 
188flag of BhutanBhutantimber hydropower gypsum calcium carbide 
189flag of BoliviaBoliviatin natural gas petroleum zinc tungsten antimony silver iron lead gold timber 
190flag of Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovinacoal iron bauxite manganese forests copper chromium lead zinc 
191flag of Democratic Republic of the CongoDemocratic Republic of the Congocobalt copper cadmium petroleum industrial and gem diamonds gold silver zinc manganese tin germanium uranium radium bauxite iron ore coal hydropower potential timber 
192flag of DjiboutiDjiboutigeothermal areas 
193flag of KiribatiKiribatiphosphate 
194flag of IrelandIrelandzinc lead natural gas barite copper gypsum limestone dolomite peat silver 
195flag of HaitiHaitinone 
196flag of Heard Island and McDonald IslandsHeard Island and McDonald Islandsnone 
197flag of Holy SeeHoly Seenone 
198flag of HondurasHondurastimber gold silver copper lead zinc iron ore antimony coal fish 
199flag of Hong KongHong Kongoutstanding deepwater harbor feldspar 
200flag of Howland IslandHowland Islandguano 
201flag of HungaryHungarybauxite coal natural gas fertile soils 
202flag of IcelandIcelandfish hydropower geothermal power diatomite 
203flag of IndiaIndiacoal 
204flag of Indian OceanIndian Oceanoil and gas fields fish shrimp sand and gravel aggregates placer deposits polymetallic nodules 
205flag of IndonesiaIndonesiapetroleum tin natural gas nickel timber bauxite copper fertile soils coal gold silver 
206flag of IranIranpetroleum natural gas coal chromium copper iron ore lead manganese zinc sulfur 
207flag of IraqIraqpetroleum natural gas phosphates sulfur 
208flag of Isle of ManIsle of Manlead iron ore 
209flag of GuineaGuineabauxite iron ore diamonds gold uranium hydropower fish 
210flag of IsraelIsraelcopper phosphates bromide potash clay sand sulfur asphalt manganese small amounts of natural gas and crude oil 
211flag of ItalyItalymercury potash marble sulfur dwindling natural gas and crude oil reserves fish coal 
212flag of JamaicaJamaicabauxite gypsum limestone 
213flag of Jan MayenJan Mayennone 
214flag of JapanJapannegligible mineral resources fish 
215flag of Jarvis IslandJarvis Islandguano 
216flag of JerseyJerseyagricultural land 
217flag of Johnston AtollJohnston AtollNA; guano deposits worked until depletion about 1890 
218flag of JordanJordanphosphates potash shale oil 
219flag of Juan de Nova IslandJuan de Nova Islandguano deposits and other fertilizers 
220flag of KazakhstanKazakhstanmajor deposits of petroleum natural gas coal iron ore manganese chrome ore nickel cobalt copper molybdenum lead zinc bauxite gold uranium 
221flag of KenyaKenyagold limestone soda ash salt barytes rubies fluorspar garnets wildlife 
222flag of Kingman ReefKingman Reefnone 
223flag of GuyanaGuyanabauxite gold diamonds hardwood timber shrimp fish 
224flag of Guinea-BissauGuinea-Bissaufish timber phosphates bauxite unexploited deposits of petroleum 
225flag of DominicaDominicatimber 
226flag of FranceFrancecoal iron ore bauxite fish timber zinc potash 
227flag of Dominican RepublicDominican Republicnickel bauxite gold silver 
228flag of EcuadorEcuadorpetroleum fish timber 
229flag of EgyptEgyptpetroleum natural gas iron ore phosphates manganese limestone gypsum talc asbestos lead zinc 
230flag of El SalvadorEl Salvadorhydropower geothermal power petroleum 
231flag of Equatorial GuineaEquatorial Guineatimber petroleum small unexploited deposits of gold manganese uranium 
232flag of EritreaEritreagold potash zinc copper salt probably oil and natural gas 
233flag of EstoniaEstoniashale oil 
234flag of EthiopiaEthiopiasmall reserves of gold platinum copper potash natural gas 
235flag of Falkland IslandsFalkland Islandsfish wildlife 
236flag of Faroe IslandsFaroe Islandsfish whales 
237flag of Federated States of MicronesiaFederated States of Micronesiaforests marine products deep-seabed minerals 
238flag of FijiFijitimber fish gold copper offshore oil potential 
239flag of FinlandFinlandtimber copper zinc iron ore silver 
240flag of French PolynesiaFrench Polynesiatimber fish cobalt 
241flag of GuernseyGuernseycropland 
242flag of French Southern and Antarctic LandsFrench Southern and Antarctic Landsfish crayfish 
243flag of GabonGabonpetroleum manganese uranium gold timber iron ore 
244flag of Gaza StripGaza StripNEGL 
245flag of GeorgiaGeorgiaforests hydropower manganese deposits iron ore copper minor coal and oil deposits; coastal climate and soils allow for important tea and citrus growth 
246flag of GermanyGermanyiron ore coal potash timber lignite uranium copper natural gas salt nickel 
247flag of GhanaGhanagold timber industrial diamonds bauxite manganese fish rubber 
248flag of GibraltarGibraltarNEGL 
249flag of Glorioso IslandsGlorioso Islandsguano coconuts 
250flag of GreeceGreecebauxite lignite magnesite petroleum marble 
251flag of GrenadaGrenadatimber tropical fruit deepwater harbors 
252flag of GuadeloupeGuadeloupecultivable land beaches and climate that foster tourism 
253flag of GuamGuamfishing 
254flag of GuatemalaGuatemalapetroleum nickel rare woods fish chicle 
255flag of ZimbabweZimbabwecoal chromium ore asbestos gold nickel copper iron ore vanadium lithium tin platinum group metals 

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