(measure: billion U.S. dollars; Source: The World Bank)
* indicates monthly or quarterly data series
Nigeria: Foreign exchange reserves including gold, billion USD
For that indicator, we provide data for Nigeria from 1960 to 2018. The average value for Nigeria during that period was 12.19 billion U.S. dollars with a minimum of 0.11 billion U.S. dollars in 1967 and a maximum of 53.6 billion U.S. dollars in 2008.
The latest value from 2018 is 42.84 billion U.S. dollars. For comparison, the world average in 2018 based on 167
countries is 74.48 billion U.S. dollars.
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The reserves of Nigeria and other countries include their holdings of foreign currencies and gold. These are the reserves of the central bank and the treasury of the country, not the private sector.
When countries export products or attract investment from other countries, they receive foreign currencies. They use some of these currencies to buy imports and to invest in other countries. The rest is held in reserves and some of the reserves may be converted to gold.
Definition: Total reserves comprise holdings of monetary gold, special drawing rights, reserves of IMF members held by the IMF, and holdings of foreign exchange under the control of monetary authorities. The gold component of these reserves is valued at year-end (December 31) London prices. Data are in current U.S. dollars.