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Indian States Versus Countries

In an interesting visualization, the Economist shows how Indian states fare with respect to full countries, in terms of GDP, GDP Per Person and Population.

You can click around and see states. For instance, Karnataka has the GDP of Croatia, the GDP per person of Philippines, and the population of Italy.

This is not very useful in the sense that I don’t immediately know all of the values at the same time. I mean what’s the point of saying Pondicherry is the same GDP as Somalia, when:


Somalia: 637,657 sq. km.

Pondicherry: 492 sq. km.


Somalia: 9.36 million

Population: 1.2 million.

And while Karnataka has Italy’s population, it’s GDP is just $62 bn, which is very very small compared to Italy which has a GDP of $2 trillion (Or $2,000 bn)

Finally, state GDPs don’t add up to the Indian GDP (which is over $1.5 trillion), so comparing state GDPs to countries isn’t all that useful. Still, some insights happen.

  • Rahul says:

    I believe there is a lot of insight if we compare to right countries.
    Companies can deduce the parallels in consumption between the countries and states. If X was able to sell n cars in Tunisia why not here. We need as many dealers in Karnataka as we have in Croatia. We can compare how many mercedes dealerships are there in Phillipines and Karnataka. What do you think Daimler will find? Thereafter can you attribute the difference to reasons and if not then why? etc etc.

  • mahendra prabhu k says:

    impressive and impressed