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How Indian states compare with countries

Last updated on: July 3, 2012 08:39 IST

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How big is Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state? One way of answering the question is to take its total area: 95,000 square miles, says The Economist.

Another way is to think of it as a country. If Uttar Pradesh were to declare independence, it would be the world's fifth most populous country, it says.

Yet its economy would only be the size of Qatar, a tiny oil-rich state of fewer than two million people. That makes it poor on a per person basis. Despite India's two decades of rapid growth, Uttar Pradesh's GDP per head is close to that of Kenya, says The Economist.

Let's take a look at some of the Indian states and see how they compare to countries.

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Image: An employee is reflected in a mirror as she waits for customers inside a showroom at the Emporio mall in New Delhi.
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Maharashtra

GDP (2009): $175.3 billion

Nearest equivalent:

Singapore

GDP (2009): $183.3 billion

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Image: A woman looks at the products on display at a Gucci showroom in Mumbai.
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Uttar Pradesh

GDP (2009): $103.5 billion

Nearest equivalent:

Qatar

GDP (2009): $98.3 billion

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Image: Visitors walk inside the compund of Asafi Imambara, also known as Bara Imambara, in Lucknow.
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Andhra Pradesh

GDP (2009): $85.7 billion

Nearest equivalent:

Slovakia

GDP (2009): $87.8 billion

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Image: A woman celebrates Holi in Hyderabad.
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Gujarat

GDP (2009): $80.1 billion

Nearest equivalent:

Angola

GDP (2009): $80.6 billion

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Image: Mobile cranes prepare to stack containers at Thar Dry Port in Sanand in Gujarat.
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Tamil Nadu

GDP (2009): $80.0 billion

Nearest equivalent:

Angola

GDP (2009): $80.6 billion

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Image: Boy bathes a cow at Marina beach in Chennai.
Photographs: Babu Babu/Reuters
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West Bengal

GDP (2009): $76.9 billion

Nearest equivalent:

Angola

GDP (2009): $80.6 billion

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Image: A horse-cart passes in front of the Queen Victoria Memorial in Kolkata.
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Karnataka

GDP (2009): $62.9 billion

Nearest equivalent:

Croatia

GDP (2009): $63.2 billion

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Image: Commuters disembark from a Metro at an elevated station in the Indira Nagar area of Bangalore.
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Rajasthan

GDP (2009): $46.3 billion

Nearest equivalent:

Dominican Republic

GDP (2009): $46.6 billion

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Image: A view of Hawa Mahal in Jaipur.
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Haryana

GDP (2009): $44.2 billion

Nearest equivalent:

Serbia

GDP (2009): $44.7 billion

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Image: Labourers sit near a stall of sculptures at Surajkund Crafts Fair in Haryana.
Photographs: Vijay Mathur/Reuters
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Kerala

GDP (2009): $41.2 billion

Nearest equivalent:

Tunisia

GDP (2009): $40.9 billion

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Image: People attend a procession of decorated elephants in Trichur district, Kerala.
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Punjab

GDP (2009): $40.2 billion

Nearest equivalent:

Tunisia

GDP (2009): $40.9 billion

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Image: Lights illuminate the Golden Temple complex in Amritsar in Punjab.
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Madhya Pradesh

GDP (2008): $37.3 billion

Nearest equivalent:

Guatemala

GDP (2008): $39.1 billion

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Image: A tourist takes pictures of Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh.
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Delhi

GDP (2009): $36.1 billion

Nearest equivalent:

Latvia

GDP (2009): $33.9 billion

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Bihar

GDP (2009): $32.7 billion

Nearest equivalent:

Uzbekistan

GDP (2009): $32.8 billion

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Image: Women dry their saris after taking a dip Gaya in Bihar.
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Orissa

GDP (2009): $31.8 billion

Nearest equivalent:

Uruguay

GDP (2009): $31.5 billion

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Image: Tribal farmers work in a field in the Koraput district, Orissa.
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Chattisgarh

GDP (2009): $22.7 billion

Nearest equivalent:

Ivory Coast

GDP (2009): $22.9 billion

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Image: Villagers and their cows attend a weekly animal market in Jashpur in Chattisgarh.
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Assam

GDP (2009): $18.6 billion

Nearest equivalent:

Bolivia

GDP (2009): $18.2 billion

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Image: A one-horned rhinoceros walks in Kaziranga National Park in Assam.
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Jharkhand

GDP (2009): $17.5 billion

Nearest equivalent:

Bosnia

GDP (2009): $16.9 billion

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Uttrakhand

GDP (2009): $9.9 billion

Nearest equivalent:

Mozambique

GDP (2009): $9.6 billion

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Image: Dancers from Uttarakhand perform in Allahabad.
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Himachal Pradesh

GDP (2009): $8.9 billion

Nearest equivalent:

Mauritius

GDP (2009): $8.9 billion

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Image: A truck moves on a road after it was cleared of snow near Gulaba village in Himachal Pradesh.
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Jammu and Kashmir

GDP (2009): $7.6 billion

Nearest equivalent:

Bahamas

GDP (2009): $8.9 billion

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Goa

GDP (2008): $4.2 billion

Nearest equivalent:

Malawi

GDP (2008): $4.0 billion

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Chandigarh

GDP (2009): $4.1 billion

Nearest equivalent:

Guinea

GDP (2009): $4.0 billion

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Pondicherry

GDP (2009): $2.8 billion

Nearest equivalent:

Somalia

GDP (2009): $2.6 billion

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Tripura

GDP (2009): $2.6 billion

Nearest equivalent:

Somalia

GDP (2009): $2.6 billion

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Image: Oarsmen row their boat during an annual boat race festival at Rudrasagar lake, about 55km from Agartala, Tripura.
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Meghalaya

GDP (2009): $2.1 billion

Nearest equivalent:

Central African Republic

GDP (2009): $2.1 billion

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Image: An Australian street performer participates in a drum ensemble in Shillong, Meghalaya.
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Nagaland

GDP (2009): $1.5 billion

Nearest equivalent:

Zimbabwe

GDP (2009): $1.5 billion

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Image: A woman carries her daughter in Khonoma village, on the outskirts of Kohima, capital of Nagaland.
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Manipur

GDP (2009): $1.4 billion

Nearest equivalent:

Belize

GDP (2009): $1.4 billion

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Arunachal Pradesh

GDP (2009): $1.0 billion

Nearest equivalent:

St Lucia

GDP (2009): $1.0 billion


Image: An elderly lady of the Manpa tribe spins prayer wheels at a monastery in Tawang, in Arunachal Pradesh, near the border with China.
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