The world depends on oil for most of its energy needs. It is used not just in transportation but in many factories and industrial processes. Without oil, life would literally grind to a standstill.
However, some countries consume more oil than others. In fact, in a study published in the CIA World Factbook, the United States uses 25 percent of the world’s oil, consuming an astounding 19,650,000 barrels a day.
Japan may be a small country in terms of land mass and population, but because it’s a highly industrialized society it consumes over 5 million barrels of oil a day—or 5,290,000 to be exact. China comes in third at a consumption of 4,975,000 barrels of oil a day. This number is expected to increase as it becomes more industrialized. Already, China is growing to be one of the world’s manufacturing capitals, and its machinery will run on (what else?) oil.
Germany follows at a consumption of 2,813,000 barrels of oil a day, followed by Russia (2,595,000) and Brazil (2,199,000). South Korea, another rapidly industrialized country, goes through 2,140,000 barrels a day. India (2 ,130,000) and France (2,026,000) are also part of the world’s top oil consumers.
Italy also goes through a lot of oil: 1,866,000 barrels a day. The United Kingdom goes through 1,710,000 while Canada goes through 1,703,000. Mexico and Spain follow at 1,507,000 and 1,497,000 respectively. In the Middle East the leading consumers are Saudi Arabia at 1,452,000 and Iran at 1,277,000 barrels a day. Indonesia is the last among countries that consume more than 1 million barrels, at 1,045,000.