What Country Has the Most Payment Cards?

Bank Payment Cards (thous.), 2017 or latest
Banking | September 20, 2018
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Based on a comparison of 51 countries in 2017, China ranked the highest in bank payment cards with 6,800,000 thous. followed by USA and India. On the other end of the scale was Malta with 982 thous., Cyprus with 1,217 thous. and Estonia with 1,862 thous..

Data for more countries are available at Bank Payment Cards indicator page.

Bank Payment Cards Unit 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Brazil thous. ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 446,595 462,930 473,246 480,459 ...
China thous. ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 294,905 3,534,147 4,213,893 4,935,719 5,442,313
France thous. ... ... ... 92,739 92,609 88,183 85,672 80,718
Germany thous. ... ... ... 132,701 135,344 137,227 144,283 147,295
India thous. ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 351,191 414,038 575,027 686,567
Italy thous. ... ... ... 53,282 60,042 65,822 70,642 76,737
Japan thous. ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 676,790 685,220 677,900 687,000 ...
Mexico thous. ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
Russia thous. ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 162,898 191,496 217,463 227,666 243,907
South Korea thous. ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 264,608 251,304 246,372 252,324 ...
Spain thous. ... ... ... 69,403 69,139 69,749 66,316 68,553
Turkey thous. ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 157,000 162,519 170,599
USA thous. ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 1,196,400 1,213,400 1,246,700 1,305,400
United Kingdom thous. ... ... ... 165,100 168,993 175,593 178,869 175,630
Vietnam thous. ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 41,217 54,200 66,200 ... ... ...