Which Country Produces the Most Refined Nickel?

Nickel (Smelter/Refined) Production (tonnes), 2015 or latest
Metals & Mining | February 22, 2018
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Based on a comparison of 27 countries in 2015, China ranked the highest in nickel (smelter/refined) production with 600,000 tonnes followed by Russia and Japan. On the other end of the scale was Morocco with 200 tonnes, Austria with 700 tonnes and Poland with 840 tonnes.

Data for more countries are available at Nickel (Smelter/Refined) Production indicator page.

Nickel (Smelter/Refined) Production Unit 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Australia tonnes 131,200 101,600 110,213 128,756 141,519
Brazil tonnes 32,800 41,900 43,271 59,779 57,500
Canada tonnes 116,909 105,413 142,445 152,000 153,100
China tonnes 253,800 332,300 435,200 519,200 693,500
Colombia tonnes 51,802 49,443 37,817 51,595 49,369
Cuba tonnes 33,599 33,972 34,572 34,263 33,542
Finland tonnes 41,556 49,772 49,823 46,275 44,498
Indonesia tonnes 12,550 18,688 19,690 18,372 21,200
Japan tonnes 143,500 166,100 156,900 169,600 177,810
Madagascar tonnes ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 5,695 25,148
Norway tonnes 88,577 92,185 92,427 91,687 91,017
Russia tonnes 244,800 262,300 264,900 254,100 241,800
South Africa tonnes 34,200 34,700 35,900 32,900 32,200
South Korea tonnes ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 19,333 21,173 17,708 19,870 23,325
United Kingdom tonnes 17,800 31,600 37,400 39,400 42,400