G8 Countries

The members of the Group of Eight, or G8, are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The eight members meet once a year at Heads of State and Government level.

France, the United States and Russia are represented by their Heads of State, whereas the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Italy and Canada are represented by their respective Heads of Government.

 

United States of America


Geographical information:

Area: 9,629,091 km2
Population: 299.4 million (2006) [1]
Annual population growth rate: 0.9% (2006)
Capital: Washington D.C.
Official language: English

Economic data:

GDP (nominal) 2007 [2]
 -  Total $ 13,808 billion
 -  Pro capita $ 45,725
-  % World GDP 25.3 [4]

GDP (PPP) 2007[3]
 -  Total $ 13,808 billion
 -  Pro capita $ 45,725
-  % World GDP  21.3 [4]


Form of government:

Presidential federal republic

Leaders:

President Barack Obama

G8s held to date:

Sea Island, Georgia (2004)
Denver, Colorado (1997)
Houston, Texas (1990)
Williamsburg, Virginia (1983)


 

[1] ONU - World Population Prospects: The 2006 Revision
http://www.un.org/esa/population/publications/wpp2006/wpp2006.htm

[2] Estimates for 2007 published by the International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Database, October 2008.
http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/weo/2008/01/weodata/index.aspx

[3] PPP (Purchasing Power Parity)
Estimates 2007 published by the International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Database, October 2008.
http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/weo/2008/01/weodata/index.aspx
For further information on the calculation of purchasing power consult http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purchasing_power_parity

[4]  Reprocessing of the figures published by theb International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Database.