List of countries by copper production

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World copper output in 2012.
Production trends in the top five copper-producing nations

This is a list of countries by mined copper production for 2015.[1]

Copper concentrates are commonly exported to other countries to be smelted. A nation's smelter production of copper can differ greatly from its mined production. See: List of countries by copper smelter production.

Rank Country/region 2015 copper production
(thousand tonnes)
 World

19,100

1 Chile Chile 5,760
2 China China 1,710
3 Peru Peru 1,700
4 United States United States 1,380
5 Democratic Republic of the Congo Congo, Democratic Republic of the 1,020
6 Australia Australia 971
7 Russia Russia 732
8 Zambia Zambia 712
9 Canada Canada 697
10 Mexico Mexico 594
Other Countries 3,800

By way of comparison, here are figures from a century ago.[2]

Rank Country/region 1907 copper production
(thousand tonnes)
 World 723
1 United States United States 399
2 Mexico Mexico 61
3 Spain Spain and Portugal 50
4 Japan Japan 50
5 Australasia Australasia 42
6 Chile Chile 27
7 Germany Germany 21
8 Russia Russia 15

References[edit]

  1. ^ "pg. 55 – Copper" (PDF). USGS. 2017. Retrieved 28 March 2017. 
  2. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica, 11th ed. (1910), vol. 7, p. 109 - Copper. Production.—

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