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Thorium Reserves by Country 2024

Country
Thorium Reserves
Uzbekistan1.5M
Kazakhstan1.5M
Azerbaijan1.5M
Belarus1.5M
Kyrgyzstan1.5M
Moldova1.5M
Armenia1.5M
India846.5K
Brazil632K
United States595K

Naturally occurring, thorium is a metal that is found in soil, rock, and water. It is also a radioactive metal that is formed when uranium decays. Some minerals that are rich in thorium, such as thorianite, thorite, and monazite are often mined so that we can access the metal. Some countries have mined enough of thorium that they now have reserves of it. In this article, we will look at some of the statistics surrounding thorium reserves and how the different countries of the world are storing the metal in 2023.

The countries that have the highest thorium reserves in 2023 are the countries that make up the Commonwealth of Independent States, which are also known as the CIS. These countries are Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, and Armenia. Together, these countries have 1.5M each in thorium reserves.

India is the country with the next highest levels of thorium reserves. The country currently has 846.5K worth of thorium reserves and is followed by Brazil, which has 632K worth of reserves. The United States, and its 595K worth of thorium reserves, rounds out the top ten. Following the United States, Egypt has 380K in reserves while Turkey has 374K. Venezuela is the last country to have at least 300K in reserves.

At this point, the amount of reserves of thorium countries have start dropping drastically. Canada has 172K in reserves in 2023 while South Africa has 148K and China has 100K. All other countries that have a reserve of thorium have less than 100K in reserves.

The country with the lowest amount of thorium reserves is France. The country has only 1K in reserves, which is just slightly less than Argentina, which has 1.3K in reserves. DR Congo is next on the low end of the spectrum with 2.5K in reserves while Uruguay follows with 3K. Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and South Korea follow with 4K, 5K, and 6K in reserves, respectively.

Other countries with low reserve totals of thorium in 2023 include Kenya with 8K and Malawi with 9K. Three countries currently have 10K worth of Thorium reserves, including Mozambique, Angola, and Thailand. Some other notable entries are Peru with 20K, Madagascar with 22K, Nigeria with 29K, Morocco and Iran both with 30K, and Sweden with 50K.

One interesting entry on the list is Russia whose Asian reserve total measures in at 55K. It also has a stake in the share that the CIS countries have in reserve.

Notes:
- The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) expresses the data of all its member states collectively. As such, per-country data is unavailable, so the total amount is listed for 8 of the 9 CIS member countries (Russia excluded).
- Data listed for Russia pertain to Russia's Asian territory only. Data for Russia's European territory are added to that of eight other countries to determine the CIS total reserves.

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Country
Thorium Reserves (tons)
Additional Details
Uzbekistan1.5M
CIS member. Value shown includes all CIS countries combined
Kazakhstan1.5M
CIS member. Value shown includes all CIS countries combined
Azerbaijan1.5M
CIS member. Value shown includes all CIS countries combined
Belarus1.5M
CIS member. Value shown includes all CIS countries combined
Kyrgyzstan1.5M
CIS member. Value shown includes all CIS countries combined
Moldova1.5M
CIS member. Value shown includes all CIS countries combined
Armenia1.5M
CIS member. Value shown includes all CIS countries combined
India846.5K
Brazil632K
United States595K
Egypt380K
Turkey374K
Venezuela300K
Canada172K
South Africa148K
China100K
Estimate includes 9,000 tons in Taiwan and may be significantly lower than the true value
Norway87K
Greenland86K
Estimate is actually a range: 86 000 - 93 000
Finland60K
Russia55K
Data for Asian portion only. Reserves in Russia's European territory are totaled with CIS data
Sweden50K
Iran30K
Morocco30K
Nigeria29K
Madagascar22K
Peru20K
Malaysia18K
Thailand10K
Angola10K
Mozambique10K
Malawi9K
Kenya8K
South Korea6K
Vietnam5K
Estimate is actually a range: 5,000 - 10,000
Sri Lanka4K
Uruguay3K
DR Congo2.5K
Argentina1.3K
France1K
World14.6M
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Which country has highest thorium reserves?

The countries with the highest thorium reserves all have 1.5 million on hand. Those countries include Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, and Armenia.

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