The 5 BRICS countriesThe BRICS countries are an association of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The abbreviation consists of the initial letters of the country names. This refers to a group of the 5 countries (initially without South Africa), which belong to the emerging economies.
A total of 3.21 bn people live in these 5 countries, 41.32 percent of the world's population. China and India are the most populous countries in the world and thus account for by far the largest share.
|Brazil||212.56 M||8,516,000 km²|
|China||1,410.93 M||9,563,000 km²|
|India||1,380.00 M||3,287,000 km²|
|Russia||144.10 M||17,098,000 km²|
|South Africa||59.31 M||1,219,000 km²|
The name derives from the major US bank Goldman Sachs, which attested outstanding growth rates of over 5% per annum to the original 4 emerging markets of Brazil, Russia, India and China. Since 2011, South Africa has also been a member of the Group at China's invitation.