Energy Consumption By Country 2019

Few people can argue that electricity isn’t one of our world’s most greatest inventions. After all, electricity allows up to light up our homes without the need for candles or lanterns, lets us watch television, and even is used to charge or power the computer or smartphone you’re using to read this.

While electricity does have its advantages, there are also some disadvantages. This includes the need for large, expensive infrastructure, millions of wires and cables, and dangers in the home, such as electrical fires. Power plants also create pollution, which degrades the quality of the air that we breathe as well as contributes to global warming.

In this article, we’re going to explore the top consumers of electric energy around the world. Topping this list is China. Based on data from 2017, China consume over 6.3 trillion kilowatts of energy per hour annually. However, the highest consumption of energy per capita does not go to China. Instead, that honor goes to Iceland. Overall, Iceland is ranked 73rd in the world based on its total energy consumption at 17 billion kilowatts per hour annually. However, the average energy use per capital is about 50,613 per person per year. Compare this to China, which has a much larger population and an average energy use of 4,475 kilowatts per person per year.

The United States is the second largest consumer of electric energy in the world with over 3.9 trillion kilowatts per hour used each year. Other nations that use at least 1 trillion kilowatts per hour per year include Russia and India.

Other nations with high levels of electric energy consumption include (listed in order by highest kilowatts per hour per year):

Japan Germany Canada Brazil South Korea France United Kingdom Italy Saudi Arabia Taiwan Mexico Spain Australia Indonesia Iran South Africa

On the flip side, there are nations that consume very little electric energy as a whole. The lowest is the Gaza Strip, which consumes roughly 200,000 kilowatts per hour per year. Other nations with low energy consumption include:

Niue Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Falkland Islands Montserrat Nauru Kiribati Guinea-Bissau Cook Islands Comoros Saint Pierre and Miquelon

* Data is from 2014.
Country Energy Consumption (kWh per capita) Population 2019
Iceland53,832339,031
Norway23,0005,378,857
Bahrain19,5971,641,172
Kuwait15,5914,207,083
Canada15,58837,411,047
Finland15,2505,532,156
Qatar14,7822,832,067
Luxembourg13,915615,729
Sweden13,48010,036,379
United States12,994329,064,917
United Arab Emirates11,0889,770,529
South Korea10,49751,225,308
Brunei10,291433,285
Australia10,07125,203,198
Saudi Arabia9,40134,268,528
New Zealand9,0264,783,063
Singapore8,8455,804,337
Austria8,3568,955,102
Japan7,820126,860,301
Belgium7,70911,539,328
Switzerland7,5208,591,365
Trinidad And Tobago7,0931,394,973
Germany7,03583,517,045
France6,94065,129,728
Estonia6,7321,325,648
Slovenia6,7282,078,654
Netherlands6,71317,097,130
Russia6,603145,872,256
Israel6,6018,519,377
Oman6,4464,974,986
Czech Republic6,25910,689,209
Hong Kong6,0837,436,154
Denmark5,8595,771,876
Gibraltar5,69333,701
Ireland5,6724,882,495
Kazakhstan5,60018,551,427
Spain5,35646,736,776
Slovakia5,1375,457,013
United Kingdom5,13067,530,172
Greece5,06310,473,455
Italy5,00260,550,075
Malta4,925440,372
Bulgaria4,7097,000,119
Portugal4,66310,226,187
Malaysia4,65231,949,777
Montenegro4,612627,987
Serbia4,2728,772,235
South Africa4,19858,558,270
Poland3,97237,887,768
Hungary3,9669,684,679
China3,9271,433,783,686
Chile3,88018,952,038
Lithuania3,8212,759,627
Croatia3,7144,130,304
Belarus3,6809,452,411
Cyprus3,6251,198,575
Suriname3,597581,372
Latvia3,5071,906,743
Macedonia3,4972,083,459
Bosnia And Herzegovina3,4473,301,000
Ukraine3,41943,993,638
Uruguay3,0853,461,734
Argentina3,07544,780,677
Iran3,02282,913,906
Turkey2,84783,429,615
Venezuela2,71928,515,829
Georgia2,6943,996,765
Turkmenistan2,6795,942,089
Brazil2,620211,049,527
Lebanon2,5886,855,713
Romania2,58419,364,557
Thailand2,53969,625,582
Albania2,3092,880,917
Azerbaijan2,20210,047,718
Mauritius2,1831,269,668
Mexico2,157127,575,529
Panama2,0644,246,439
Mongolia2,0063,225,167
Armenia1,9622,957,731
Costa Rica1,9425,047,561
Kyrgyzstan1,9416,415,850
Jordan1,86510,101,694
Botswana1,8162,303,697
Libya1,8116,777,452
Egypt1,683100,388,073
Namibia1,6532,494,530
Uzbekistan1,64532,981,716
Dominican Republic1,61610,738,958
Paraguay1,5527,044,636
Tajikistan1,4999,321,018
Tunisia1,45511,694,719
Cuba1,45111,333,483
Vietnam1,42496,462,106
Moldova1,3864,043,263
Ecuador1,37617,373,662
Algeria1,36343,053,054
Peru1,34632,510,453
Iraq1,32839,309,783
Colombia1,31250,339,443
Gabon1,1682,172,579
Jamaica1,0512,948,279
El Salvador9376,453,553
Morocco90436,471,769
Indonesia812270,625,568
India8051,366,417,754
Bolivia74311,513,100
Zambia71717,861,030
Philippines696108,116,615
Honduras6209,746,117
Zimbabwe60914,645,468
North Korea60225,666,161
Guatemala57817,581,472
Nicaragua5686,545,502
Sri Lanka53121,323,733
Mozambique47930,366,036
Pakistan448216,565,318
Ghana35130,417,856
Bangladesh320163,046,161
Angola31231,825,295
Ivory Coast27525,716,544
Cameroon27525,876,380
Cambodia27116,486,542
Senegal22916,296,364
Yemen22029,161,922
Myanmar21554,045,420
Republic Of The Congo2035,380,508
Kenya16452,573,973
Togo1558,082,366
Nepal14628,608,710
Nigeria145200,963,599
Dr Congo10986,790,567
Tanzania10458,005,463
Benin10011,801,151
Eritrea893,497,117
Ethiopia69112,078,730
Niger5123,310,715
South Sudan4411,062,113
Haiti3911,263,077
Sudan42,813,238