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How much nuclear power fuels India's energy needs? Find out...

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Although there has been a real push back against nuclear power, primarily spurred by an accident at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant, there are still many countries that depend on nuclear power for electricity generation.

Let's take a look at some of these nations, including India.

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India

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2012): 3.6 per cent

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2011): 3.7 per cent

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2012): 29.7 terawatt hours

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2011): 28.9 terawatt hours

Overall rank in reliance on nuclear power to generate electricity: 27

Although India uses various methods to produce electricity, it is struggling to keep pace with the ever-increasing energy demands.

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France

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2012): 74.8 per cent

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2011): 77.7 per cent

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2012): 407.4 terawatt hours

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2011): 423.5 terawatt hours

Overall rank in reliance on nuclear power to generate electricity: 1

France, one of the most developed economies in the world, generates more than 74 per cent of its energy needs through nuclear power.

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Slovakia

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2012): 53.8 per cent

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2011): 54.0 per cent

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2012): 14.4 terawatt hours

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2011): 14.3 terawatt hours

Overall rank in reliance on nuclear power to generate electricity: 2

Slovakia, which has a population of five million, generates more than half of its energy needs through nuclear power.

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Belgium

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2012): 51.0 per cent

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2011): 54.0 per cent

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2012): 38.5 terawatt hours

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2011): 45.9 terawatt hours

Overall rank in reliance on nuclear power to generate electricity: 3

Belgium, one of the richest countries in the world, generates 38.5 terawatt hours of electricity through nuclear power.

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Ukraine

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2012): 46.2 per cent

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2011): 47.2 per cent

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2012): 84.9 terawatt hours

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2011): 84.9 terawatt hours

Overall rank in reliance on nuclear power to generate electricity: 4

Ukraine, which has a per capita income of $7,422, generates more than 45 per cent of its electricity needs through nuclear power.

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Hungary

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2012): 45.9 per cent

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2011): 43.2 per cent

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2012): 14.8 terawatt hours

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2011): 14.7 terawatt hours

Overall rank in reliance on nuclear power to generate electricity: 5

Hungary, which has a per capita income of $19,637, generates 14.8 terawatt hours of electricity through nuclear power.

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Sweden

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2012): 38.1 per cent

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2011): 39.6 per cent

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2012): 61.5 terawatt hours

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2011): 58.1 terawatt hours

Overall rank in reliance on nuclear power to generate electricity: 6

Sweden, which has a per capita income of $40,870, generates 38.1 per cent of electricity through nuclear power.

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Slovenia

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2012): 36.0 per cent

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2011): 41.7 per cent

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2012): 5.2 terawatt hours

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2011): 5.9 terawatt hours

Overall rank in reliance on nuclear power to generate electricity: 7

Slovenia, which has a per capita income of $28,195, generates 36 per cent of electricity through nuclear power.

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Switzerland

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2012): 35.9 per cent

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2011): 40.8 per cent

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2012): 24.4 terawatt hours

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2011): 25.7 terawatt hours

Overall rank in reliance on nuclear power to generate electricity: 8

Switzerland, which has a per capita income of $45,999, generates nearly 36 per cent of electricity through nuclear power.

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Image: Visitors stand in front of the installation 'A Uniform Sample' by Swiss artist Mai-Thu Perret at the Aargauer Kunsthaus art museum in Aarau west of Zurich, Switzerland.
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The Czech Republic

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2012): 35.3 per cent

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2011): 33.0 per cent

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2012): 28.6 terawatt hours

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2011): 26.7 terawatt hours

Overall rank in reliance on nuclear power to generate electricity: 9

The Czech Republic, which has a per capita income of $27,190, generates 28.6 terawatt hours of electricity through nuclear power.

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Finland

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2012): 32.6 per cent

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2011): 31.6 per cent

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2012): 22.1 terawatt hours

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2011): 22.3 terawatt hours

Overall rank in reliance on nuclear power to generate electricity: 10

Finland, which has a per capita income of $36,395, generates 22.1 terawatt hours of electricity through nuclear power.

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Bulgaria

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2012): 31.6 per cent

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2011): 32.6 per cent

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2012): 14.9 terawatt hours

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2011): 15.3 terawatt hours

Overall rank in reliance on nuclear power to generate electricity: 11

Bulgaria, which has a per capita income of $15,933, generates 31.6 per cent of electricity through nuclear power.

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South Korea

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2012): 30.4 per cent

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2011): 34.6 per cent

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2012): 143.5 terawatt hours

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2011): 147.8 terawatt hours

Overall rank in reliance on nuclear power to generate electricity: 12

South Korea, which has a per capita income of $33,156, generates 143.5 terawatt hours of electricity through nuclear power.

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Armenia

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2012): 26.6 per cent

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2011): 33.2 per cent

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2012): 2.1 terawatt hours

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2011): 2.4 terawatt hours

Overall rank in reliance on nuclear power to generate electricity: 13

Armenia, which has a per capita income of $5,838, generates 2.1 terawatt hours of electricity through nuclear power.

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Spain

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2012): 20.5 per cent

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2011): 19.5 per cent

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2012): 58.7 terawatt hours

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2011): 55.1 terawatt hours

Overall rank in reliance on nuclear power to generate electricity: 14

Spain, which has a per capita income of $30,128, generates 20.5 per cent of electricity through nuclear power.

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Romania

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2012): 19.4 per cent

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2011): 19.0 per cent

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2012): 10.7 terawatt hours

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2011): 10.8 terawatt hours

Overall rank in reliance on nuclear power to generate electricity: 15

Romania, which has a per capita income of $16,518, generates 19.4 per cent of electricity through nuclear power.

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United States

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2012): 19.0 per cent

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2011): 19.2 per cent

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2012): 770.7 terawatt hours

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2011): 790.4 terawatt hours

Overall rank in reliance on nuclear power to generate electricity: 16

United States, which has a per capita income of $52,839, generates 770.7 terawatt hours of electricity through nuclear power.

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Image: Karli Baumert, of Pryor, Oklahoma, left, and Max Cowdery, of Bremerton, Washington, right, dance underneath water sprinklers at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, United States.
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Taiwan

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2012): 18.4 per cent

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2011): 19.0 per cent

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2012): 38.7 terawatt hours

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2011): 40.4 terawatt hours

Overall rank in reliance on nuclear power to generate electricity: 17

Taiwan, which has a per capita income of $39,580, generates 18.4 per cent of electricity through nuclear power.

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United Kingdom

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2012): 18.1 per cent

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2011): 17.8 per cent

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2012): 64.0 terawatt hours

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2011): 62.7 terawatt hours

Overall rank in reliance on nuclear power to generate electricity: 18

United Kingdom, which has a per capita income of $37,299, generates 64.0 terawatt hours of electricity through nuclear power.

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Russia

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2012): 17.8 per cent

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2011): 17.6 per cent

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2012): 166.3 terawatt hours

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2011): 162.0 terawatt hours

Overall rank in reliance on nuclear power to generate electricity: 19

Russia, which has a per capita income of $18,083, generates 166.3 terawatt hours of electricity through nuclear power.

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Germany

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2012): 16.1 per cent

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2011): 17.8 per cent

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2012): 94.1 terawatt hours

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2011): 102.3 terawatt hours

Overall rank in reliance on nuclear power to generate electricity: 20

Germany, which has a per capita income of $39,468, generates 94.1 terawatt hours of electricity through nuclear power.

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Canada

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2012): 15.3 per cent

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2011): 15.3 per cent

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2012): 89.1 terawatt hours

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2011): 88.3 terawatt hours

Overall rank in reliance on nuclear power to generate electricity: 21

Canada, which has a per capita income of $43,146, generates 89.1 terawatt hours of electricity through nuclear power.

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Pakistan

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2012): 5.3 per cent

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2011): 3.8 per cent

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2012): 5.3 terawatt hours

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2011): 3.8 terawatt hours

Overall rank in reliance on nuclear power to generate electricity: 22

Pakistan, which has a per capita income of $3,144, generates 5.3 per cent of electricity through nuclear power.

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South Africa

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2012): 5.1 per cent

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2011): 5.2 per cent

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2012): 12.4 terawatt hours

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2011): 12.9 terawatt hours

Overall rank in reliance on nuclear power to generate electricity: 23

South Africa, which has a per capita income of $11,525, generates 12.4 terawatt hours of electricity through nuclear power.

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Argentina

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2012): 4.7 per cent

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2011): 5.0 per cent

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2012): 5.9 terawatt hours

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2011): 5.9 terawatt hours

Overall rank in reliance on nuclear power to generate electricity: 24

Argentina, which has a per capita income of $18,582, generates 4.7 per cent of electricity through nuclear power.

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Mexico

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2012): 4.7 per cent

Percentage of total energy supplied by nuclear power (2011): 3.6 per cent

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2012): 8.4 terawatt hours

Nuclear electricity production, terawatt hours (2011): 9.3 terawatt hours

Overall rank in reliance on nuclear power to generate electricity: 25

Mexico, which has a per capita income of $15,608, generates 8.4 terawatt hours of electricity through nuclear power.


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