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The Commonwealth overtakes Eurozone share of world output

Dariana Tani - April 2015

Speed Read
  • The Commonwealth of Nations is growing rapidly in comparison to the ailing Eurozone
  • Measured by share of world GDP, the Commonwealth overtook the (1973) European Union in 2010
  • By the same measure, the Commonwealth is slightly larger than the current Eurozone
  • (For twitter) The Commonwealth accounts for 2.6% more than the Eurozone in terms of world GDP share

Real GDP Growth 1970 – 2014 (year on year % change)
Economic growth in the Commonwealth has accelerated over the post 1973 period in sharp contrast to the EU, where the growth rate has been falling gently from an average of 3.8% in the 1970’s to only 0.6% in recent years.

Looking at the Eurozone, EU, and Commonwealth from a market share of world GDP viewpoint, a similar pattern is evident. Charts 3 and 4 show the Eurozone and EU compared with Commonwealth share of world real GDP.

Commonwealth and Europe share of world real GDP (PPP, Million $) 1971-2014

Future population growth

Finally, the chart below shows estimated population trends for the Eurozone compared to the Commonwealth for the 2015-2050 period. As can be seen, population growth in the Commonwealth alone is expected to rise by 29.4% over this period, whereas the Eurozone population is expected to fall by 1.4%.


  • The Eurozone is defined as full members in 2015: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, and Spain.
  • The EU is defined as full members of the EU in 1973: Belgium, Denmark France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, and Netherlands (UK omitted).
  • The Commonwealth is defined in both charts as all members minus the UK. Due to difficulty in obtaining GDP data for certain smaller countries (Nauru, and Tuvalu) – these have been purposely omitted from the Commonwealth calculations. These are estimated to account for under 1% of Commonwealth GDP.
  • New members who have joined & left the Commonwealth since 1973 account for less than 1% of its total GDP In both charts the EU/EZ start with a much larger share, but this advantage is shown to have steadily diminished over time, actually reversing in the original EU area, and clearly about to reverse using the Eurozone definition.
Note:GDP calculations are based on Real GDP PPP data from the World Bank, and the IMF. For more information please consult the World Economics Global Growth Monitor.

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