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20 countries with highest gold reserves

Last updated on: April 23, 2013 11:11 IST

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After hitting two-year lows, gold prices are rising again.

 The price of standard gold of 99.5 per cent purity rose by Rs 440 to close at Rs 26,700 per 10 gms on Monday from the last closing level of Rs 26,260.

In value terms, gold demand in 2012 was $236.4 billion – an all-time high.

According to the World Gold Council, the global official gold holdings totaled 31,694.8 tonnes as of April 2013.

As gold continues its volatile ride, take a look at countries with the highest gold reserves, according to World Gold Council.

United States (Rank 1)

Official gold holdings: 8,133.5 tonnes

Percentage of foreign reserves in gold: 75.1%

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Image: Gold earrings are seen on display at a store in New York.
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Germany (Rank 2)

Official gold holdings: 3,391.3 tonnes

Percentage of foreign reserves in gold:: 72.1%

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Image: People walk through the jewellery area at a shopping store in Berlin.
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Italy (Rank 3)

Official gold holdings: 2,451.8 tonnes

Percentage of foreign reserves in gold: 71.3%

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Image: Gold necklaces are pictured in a window at the Vicenza Oro Choice exposition in Vicenza.
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France (Rank 4)

Official gold holdings: 2,435.4 tonnes

Percentage of foreign reserves in gold: 69.5%

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Image: A man looks at jewels displayed for auction after being pawned by their owners at the Credit Municipal public pawnbroker in Nice.
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China (Rank 5)

Official gold holdings: 1,054.1 tonnes

Percentage of foreign reserves in gold: 1.6%

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Image: A sales representative poses behind a nine-tael 24K gold in the shape of a dragon forming the numerals 2012.
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Switzerland (Rank 6)

Official gold holdings: 1,040.1 tonnes

Percentage of foreign reserves in gold: 10.0%

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Image: A watch is displayed in a glass cabinet at a newly opened shop of Swiss luxury brand Piaget at the Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich.
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Russia (Rank 7)

Official gold holdings: 976.9 tonnes

Percentage of foreign reserves in gold: 9.5%

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Japan (Rank 8)

Official gold holdings: 765.2 tonnes

Percentage of foreign reserves in gold: 3.1% 

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Image: Second hand gold jewellery items are displayed at Ginza Tanaka store in Tokyo.
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The Netherlands (Rank 9)

Official gold holdings: 612.5 tonnes

Percentage of foreign reserves in gold: 58.7%

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India (Rank 10)

Official gold holdings: 557.7 tonnes

Percentage of foreign reserves in gold: 9.6%

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Taiwan (Rank 11)

Official gold holdings: 423.6 tonnes

Percentage of foreign reserves in gold: 5.4%

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Portugal (Rank 12)

Official gold holdings: 382.5 tonnes

Percentage of foreign reserves in gold: 89.6%

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Turkey (Rank 13)

Official gold holdings: 375.7 tonnes

Percentage of foreign reserves in gold: 15.6% 

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Venezuela (Rank 14)

Official gold holdings: 365.8 tonnes

Percentage of foreign reserves in gold: 65.4%

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Saudi Arabia (Rank 15)

Official gold holdings: 322.9 tonnes

Percentage of foreign reserves in gold: 2.4%

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United Kingdom (Rank 16) 

Official gold holdings: 310.3 tonnes

Percentage of foreign reserves in gold: 15.2% 

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Lebanon (Rank 17)

Official gold holdings: 286.8 tonnes

Percentage of foreign reserves in gold: 28.1%

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Spain (Rank 18)

Official gold holdings: 281.6 tonnes

Percentage of foreign reserves in gold: 28.2% 

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Austria (Rank 19)

Official gold holdings: 280.0 tonnes

Percentage of foreign reserves in gold: 54.7% 

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Belgium (Rank 20)

Official gold holdings: 227.5 tonnes

Percentage of foreign reserves in gold: 39.1%



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