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Foreign-exchange reserves (also called Forex reserves) are, in a strict sense, only the foreign-currency deposits held by national central banks and monetary authorities (See List of countries by foreign-exchange reserves (excluding gold)). However, in popular usage and in the list below, it also includes gold reserves, special drawing rights (SDRs) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) reserve position because this total figure, which is usually more accurately termed as official reserves or international reserves or official international reserves, is more readily available.

These foreign-currency deposits are the financial assets of the central banks and monetary authorities that are held in different reserve currencies (e.g. the U.S. dollar, the Euro, the Japanese yen and the Pound sterling) and which are used to back its liabilities (e.g. the local currency issued and the various bank reserves deposited with the central bank by the government or financial institutions). Before the end of the gold standard, gold was the preferred reserve currency. Some nations are converting foreign-exchange reserves into sovereign wealth funds, which can rival foreign-exchange reserves in size.

The list below is mostly based on the latest available IMF data, and while most nations report in U.S. dollars, a few nations in Eastern Europe report solely in Euros. And since all the figures below are in U.S. dollar equivalence, exchange rate fluctuations can have a significant impact on these figures.

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Foreign-exchange reservesEdit

Rank Country or region Foreign-exchange reserves
(000s of US$)
Figures as of
1   China 3,142,820 March 2018 [1]
2   Japan 1,268,287 March 2018 [2]
3    Switzerland 826,034 February 2018 [3]
4   Saudi Arabia 488,900 December 2017 [4]
5   Russia 462,400 13 April 2018[5]
6   Taiwan[6] 456,721 February 2018[7]
7   Hong Kong 440,300 March 2018 [8]
8   India 426,082 13 April 2018[9]
9   South Korea 396,800 March 2018[10]
10   Brazil 381,419 10 April 2018[11]
11   Singapore 376,285 March 2018[12]
12   Thailand 216,600 April 2018 [13]
13   Germany 200,199 September 2017[14]
14   France 175,890 December 2017[15]
15   Mexico 173,022 January 2018[16][17]
16   United Kingdom 164,210 31 March 2018[18]
17   Czech Republic 151,694 January 2018[19]
18   Italy 143,183 March 2016[20]
19   Iran 135,500 31 December 2016[21]
20   Indonesia 130,200 31 December 2017 [22][23]
21   United States 125,633 23 March 2018 [24][25][26]
22   Poland 119,470 March 2018[27]
23   Israel 115,978 March 2018[28]
24   Turkey 114,555 February 2018[29]
25   Malaysia 110,050 20 April 2018 [30]
26   Algeria 97,670 December 2017[31]
27   United Arab Emirates 93,930 31 December 2015[21]
28   Canada 83,130 November 2016[32][33]
29   Philippines 81,467 December 2017[34][35]
-   Europe (ECB) 62,944€, 80,292.39 28 February 2018[36][37]
-   Europe (ECB - Eurosystem) 667,754€, 857,965.1 28 February 2018[38][39]
30   Libya 70,990 31 December 2015[21]
31   Denmark 64,016 March 2016[40]
32   Argentina 62.124 28 February 2018
33   Peru 61,459 18 November 2016[41][42][43]
34   Sweden 59,558 February 2016[44]
35   Australia 58,676 31 March 2018[45]
36   Vietnam 54,500 January 2018[46]
37   Spain 54,155 March 2016[47]
38   Iraq 54,060 31 December 2015[21]
39   South Africa 50,722 December 2017 [48]
40   Lebanon 48,600 31 December 2015[21]
41   Colombia 46,798 April 2016[21][49]
42   Azerbaijan 44,000 march 2018[50][51][52]
43   Norway 42,965 October 2016[53][54]
44   Netherlands 40,393 April 2016[55]
45   Romania 40,148 April 2016[56]
46   Chile 39,553 March 2016[57]
47   Egypt 36,036 July 2017[58]
48   Bangladesh 32,401 March 2018[59]
49   Hungary 31,367 March 2016[60]
50   Kazakhstan 30,993 February 2018[61]
51   Nigeria 30,329 2 June 2017[62]
52   Kuwait 28,370 31 December 2015[21]
53   Belgium 24,861 March 2016[63]
54   Austria 24,758 March 2016[64]
55   Bulgaria 24,318 March 2016[21][65]
56   Angola 24,080 31 December 2015[21]
57   Qatar 24,030 July 2017[21]
58   Morocco 23,927 February 2016[21][66][67]
59   New Zealand 22,183 31 March 2018[68]
60   Portugal 21,328 March 2016[69]
61   Macau, China 19,330 October 2016[70]
62   Oman 17,540 31 December 2015[21]
63   Ukraine 17,175 1 May 2017[71]
64   Jordan 15,360 August 2017[72]
65   Uzbekistan 15,000 31 December 2015[21]
66   Uruguay 14,377 February 2016[73]
67   Croatia 14,307 February 2016[21][74]
68   Turkmenistan 13,620 31 December 2015[21]
69   Bolivia 12,818 January 2016[75]
70   Serbia 12,150 February 2018[76]
71   Cuba 12,100 31 December 2015[21]
72   Pakistan 11,379 13 April 2018[77]
73   Cambodia 11,279 February 2018[78]
74   Finland 10,552 March 2018[79]
75     Nepal 10,134 March 2018 [80]
76   Trinidad and Tobago 9,880 11 November 2016[21][81]
77   Venezuela 9,600 1 November 2017[82]
78   Myanmar 8,463 31 December 2015[21]
79   Kenya 8,249 30 June 2017[83]
80   Afghanistan 8,000 31 December 2017 [84]
81   North Korea 8,000 November 2013[85]
82   Costa Rica 7,784 February 2016[86]
83   Sri Lanka 7,669 January 2018[87]
84   Guatemala 7,658 March 2016[88]
85   Botswana 7,546 31 December 2015[21]
86   Greece 7,535 March 2016[89]
87   Tunisia 6,714 February 2016[90]
88   Dominican Republic 6,459 March 2017[91]
89   Iceland 6,186 April 2016[92]
90   Paraguay 5,939 31 December 2015[21]
91   Ghana 5,885 31 December 2015[21]
92   Belarus 4,817 1 November 2016[93][94]
93   Bosnia and Herzegovina 4,791 31 December 2015[21]
94   Ivory Coast 4,716 31 December 2015[21]
95   Bahrain 4,657 31 December 2015[21]
96   Mauritius 4,498 March 2016[95]
97   Tanzania 4,073 31 December 2015[21]
98   Honduras 3,755 March 2016[96]
99   Latvia 3,520 March 2016[66][97]
100   Panama 3,378 31 December 2015[21]
101   Brunei 3,366 2015[98]
102   Ireland 3,347 March 2016[66][99]
103   Albania 3,188 March 2016[21][66][100]
104   El Salvador 3,172 March 2016[101]
105   Ethiopia 3,113 31 December 2015[21]
106   Zambia 2,968 31 December 2015[21]
107   Uganda 2,909 31 December 2015[21]
108   Slovakia 2,879 January 2016[21][102]
109   Georgia 2,760 October 2016[66][103][104]
110   Jamaica 2,740 February 2016[21][66][105]
111   Cameroon 2,714 31 December 2015[21]
112   Mozambique 2,582 31 December 2015[21]
113   Nicaragua 2,520 April 2016[21][66][106]
114   Ecuador 2,496 31 December 2015[21]
115   Macedonia 2,480 February 2016[21][66][107]
116   Republic of the Congo 2,244 31 December 2015[21]
117   Moldova 2,098 25 November 2016[108][109][110]
118   Armenia 2,036 10 April 2017[111]
119   Senegal 2,012 31 December 2015[21]
120   Yemen 1,978 31 December 2015[21]
121   Kyrgyzstan 1,944 October 2016[21][66][112][113]
122   Haiti 1,919 31 December 2015[21]
123   Gabon 1,878 31 December 2015[21]
124   Curaçao 1,791 2015[98]
125   Papua New Guinea 1,738 31 December 2015[21]
126   Namibia 1,690 31 December 2015[21]
127   Lithuania 1,227 April 2016[66][114]
128   Democratic Republic of the Congo 1,216 31 December 2015[21]
129   Equatorial Guinea 1,205 31 December 2015[21]
130   Bhutan 1,103 2015[98]
131   Luxembourg 1,077 March 2016[21][66][115]
132   Laos 1,058 31 December 2015[21][98]
133-134   Niger 1,039 2015[98]
134-134   Mongolia 1,039 October 2016[116]
135   Rwanda 1,030 31 December 2015[21]
136   Mauritania 969 2012[98]
137   Fiji 919 31 December 2015[21]
138   Lesotho 904 31 December 2015[21]
139   Bahamas 896 31 December 2015[21][98]
140   Kosovo 890 30 September 2015[21][98][117]
141   Cyprus 889 March 2016[21][66][118]
142   Slovenia 870 April 2016[66][119]
143   Madagascar 832 31 December 2015[21]
144   Aruba 816 2015[98]
145   Syria 773 31 December 2015[21]
146   Montenegro 734 2015[21][98]
147   Benin 732 31 December 2015[21][98]
148   Malawi 693 31 December 2015[21][98]
149   Malta 671 March 2016[21][66][120]
150   Barbados 658 31 December 2015[21]
151   Mali 624 2015[98]
152   Sierra Leone 621 2015[98]
153   Guyana 601 31 December 2015[21]
154   Maldives 576 2015[21][98]
155   Togo 574 31 December 2015[21][98]
156   Seychelles 555 March 2016[21][66][121]
157   Swaziland 548 31 December 2015[21][98]
158   Liberia 523 2015[98]
159   Solomon Islands 520 2015[98]
160   Cape Verde 495 31 December 2015[21][98]
161-162   Estonia 494 March 2016[21][66][122]
161-162   Tajikistan 494 31 December 2015[21]
163   Palestine 464 March 2016[66][123]
164   Timor-Leste 438 2015[98]
165   Belize 437 31 December 2015[21][98]
166   San Marino 392 2014[98]
167   Chad 383 31 December 2015[21]
168   Djibouti 365 2015[98]
169   Antigua and Barbuda 356 2015[98]
170   Zimbabwe 339 31 December 2015[21][98]
171   Burkina Faso 333 31 December 2016[21]
172   Guinea-Bissau 332 2015[98]
173   Suriname 330 31 December 2015[21][98]
174   Saint Lucia 318 2015[98]
175   Saint Kitts and Nevis 288 2015[98]
176   Vanuatu 251 31 December 2016[21][98]
177   Guinea 244 31 December 2016[21][98]
178   South Sudan 230 2015[98]
179   Central African Republic 214 2015[98]
180   Eritrea 213 31 December 2016[21]
181   Comoros 201 2015[98]
182   Grenada 198 2015[98]
183   Tonga 181 31 December 2016[21][98]
184   Sudan 167 31 December 2016[21][98]
185   Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 165 31 December 2016[21][98]
186   Samoa 139 31 December 2015[21][98]
187   Federated States of Micronesia 135 2015[98]
188-189   Burundi 100 31 December 2016[21]
189-189   Dominica 100 31 December 2016[21]
190   Gambia 92 31 December 2016[21]
191   São Tomé and Príncipe 68 31 December 2016[21]
192   Montserrat 51 31 December 2015[21]
193   Somalia 30 2014[21]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Hong Kong and Macau report separate figures.
  2. ^ Indian reports are released on a weekly basis with the figures being of the previous week.
  3. ^ The Iranian government does not report the foreign exchange reserves as a matter of policy and all figures are estimates calculated by international or foreign institutes, which are occasionally endorsed by Iranian officials without disclosing the exact numbers.

Currency composition of foreign-exchange reservesEdit

IMF releases the quarterly data on the currency composition of official foreign exchange reserves. The data are reported to the IMF on a voluntary and confidential basis. As of Q4 2016, there are 146 reporters, consisting of IMF member countries, a number of non-member countries/economies, and other entities holding foreign exchange reserves. From Q4 2016, the data was expanded to include renminbi (RMB).[124]

Currency Composition of Foreign Exchange Reserves (COFER)
(US Dollars, Billions)[124]
No. Currency Q4 2016 Q1 2017 Q2 2017 Q3 2017 Q4 2017
1  USD 5,501.98 5,713.35 5,909.13 6,124.73 6,281.54
2  EUR 1,610.87 1,703.13 1,847.19 1,933.68 2,018.54
3  GBP 365.85 377.89 409.48 434.08 454.55
4  JPY 332.93 399.85 427.79 435.67 490.14
5  CAD 163.14 167.49 178.77 192.85 202.82
6  AUD 142.30 156.28 162.31 171.22 180.00
7  RMB 90.78 95.42 100.00 108.37 122.80
8  CHF 13.69 14.45 15.60 16.31 18.15
Other currencies 199.51 208.28 209.55 228.81 250.08
Unallocated Reserves 2,293.61 2,063.28 1,859.04 1,650.32 1,406.34
Total 10,714.68 10,899.42 11,118.86 11,296.05 11,424.95

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