Iron Ore Production by Country

Iron ores are rocks and minerals from which iron can be extracted. Ores come in different colors, from different levels of iron oxidation, such as gray, yellow, purple, and red. If an ore is made up of more than about 60% of iron, it is called natural ore and can be put directly into iron making furnaces.

Around 98% of iron ore mined is used to make steel, making it one of the most important commodities along with oil. Because of its importance, iron ore is quite valuable and countries are motivated to mine their deposits to become wealthier. Luckily, iron is one of the most abundant elements in the earth; however, because iron is not generally found in the earth’s crust (its outermost layer), it can be expensive to mine.

Learn for yourself about iron production by country in the map and charts.

 

Iron Ore Production by Country

Algeria - Iron Ore Production

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317

#36 in the World

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3,491.3

#39 in the World

Argentina - Iron Ore Production

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1,460

#26 in the World

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4,875.1

#33 in the World

Australia - Iron Ore Production

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564,519

#1 in the World

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879,522

#7 in the World

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5,779.6

#28 in the World

Austria - Iron Ore Production

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749

#29 in the World

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7,884

#23 in the World

Bhutan - Iron Ore Production

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22

#43 in the World

Bosnia and Herzegovina - Iron Ore Production

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892

#28 in the World

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915

#56 in the World

Brazil - Iron Ore Production

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246,791

#2 in the World

COPPER PRODUCTIONhelp

352,635

#13 in the World

CRUDE STEEL PRODUCTIONhelp

36,174.3

#9 in the World

Canada - Iron Ore Production

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36,100

#7 in the World

COPPER PRODUCTIONhelp

475,898

#11 in the World

CRUDE STEEL PRODUCTIONhelp

12,976.3

#19 in the World

Chile - Iron Ore Production

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9,891

#13 in the World

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1,317.5

#49 in the World

Colombia - Iron Ore Production

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382

#33 in the World

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9,356

#43 in the World

CRUDE STEEL PRODUCTIONhelp

1,338.2

#48 in the World

Egypt - Iron Ore Production

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347

#34 in the World

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10,293.5

#20 in the World

Greece - Iron Ore Production

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524

#31 in the World

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1,498

#47 in the World

India - Iron Ore Production

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127,000

#4 in the World

COPPER PRODUCTIONhelp

25,770

#36 in the World

CRUDE STEEL PRODUCTIONhelp

118,201

#2 in the World

Indonesia - Iron Ore Production

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1,810

#24 in the World

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505,200

#10 in the World

CRUDE STEEL PRODUCTIONhelp

14,300

#16 in the World

Iran - Iron Ore Production

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32,500

#9 in the World

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313,323

#14 in the World

CRUDE STEEL PRODUCTIONhelp

28,460

#10 in the World

Kazakhstan - Iron Ore Production

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12,673

#12 in the World

COPPER PRODUCTIONhelp

548,760

#9 in the World

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4,380

#37 in the World

Kenya - Iron Ore Production

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90

#39 in the World

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485

#70 in the World

Laos - Iron Ore Production

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628

#30 in the World

COPPER PRODUCTIONhelp

92,410

#23 in the World

Liberia - Iron Ore Production

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3,050

#21 in the World

Malaysia - Iron Ore Production

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3,360

#20 in the World

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6,900

#26 in the World

Mauritania - Iron Ore Production

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7,822

#17 in the World

COPPER PRODUCTIONhelp

28,491

#35 in the World

Mexico - Iron Ore Production

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9,377

#14 in the World

COPPER PRODUCTIONhelp

800,316

#8 in the World

CRUDE STEEL PRODUCTIONhelp

18,453.6

#15 in the World

Mongolia - Iron Ore Production

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5,530

#18 in the World

COPPER PRODUCTIONhelp

291,010

#15 in the World

Morocco - Iron Ore Production

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27

#41 in the World

COPPER PRODUCTIONhelp

31,750

#33 in the World

CRUDE STEEL PRODUCTIONhelp

500

#69 in the World

New Zealand - Iron Ore Production

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2,270

#23 in the World

CRUDE STEEL PRODUCTIONhelp

645.7

#63 in the World

North Korea - Iron Ore Production

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1,750

#25 in the World

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2,000

#52 in the World

CRUDE STEEL PRODUCTIONhelp

1,250

#51 in the World

Norway - Iron Ore Production

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969

#27 in the World

CRUDE STEEL PRODUCTIONhelp

622.5

#64 in the World

Pakistan - Iron Ore Production

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184

#37 in the World

COPPER PRODUCTIONhelp

13,200

#39 in the World

CRUDE STEEL PRODUCTIONhelp

5,282.7

#31 in the World

People's Republic of China - Iron Ore Production

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225,000

#3 in the World

COPPER PRODUCTIONhelp

5,733,100

#1 in the World

CRUDE STEEL PRODUCTIONhelp

1,032,790

#1 in the World

Peru - Iron Ore Production

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8,894

#15 in the World

COPPER PRODUCTIONhelp

2,150,126

#2 in the World

CRUDE STEEL PRODUCTIONhelp

1,234.1

#52 in the World

Philippines - Iron Ore Production

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27

#42 in the World

COPPER PRODUCTIONhelp

60,856

#27 in the World

CRUDE STEEL PRODUCTIONhelp

900

#57 in the World

Republic of the Congo - Iron Ore Production

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46

#40 in the World

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10,300

#41 in the World

Russia - Iron Ore Production

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69,500

#5 in the World

COPPER PRODUCTIONhelp

924,100

#5 in the World

CRUDE STEEL PRODUCTIONhelp

75,584.8

#5 in the World

Sierra Leone - Iron Ore Production

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3,500

#19 in the World

South Africa - Iron Ore Production

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35,400

#8 in the World

COPPER PRODUCTIONhelp

29,068

#34 in the World

CRUDE STEEL PRODUCTIONhelp

5,019.5

#32 in the World

South Korea - Iron Ore Production

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322

#35 in the World

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70,418

#6 in the World

Sweden - Iron Ore Production

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25,400

#10 in the World

COPPER PRODUCTIONhelp

100,065

#22 in the World

CRUDE STEEL PRODUCTIONhelp

4,678.3

#36 in the World

Thailand - Iron Ore Production

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11

#44 in the World

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5,472.9

#30 in the World

Tunisia - Iron Ore Production

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180

#38 in the World

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80

#84 in the World

Turkey - Iron Ore Production

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8,570

#16 in the World

COPPER PRODUCTIONhelp

107,000

#21 in the World

CRUDE STEEL PRODUCTIONhelp

40,360

#7 in the World

Ukraine - Iron Ore Production

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49,300

#6 in the World

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21,365.6

#14 in the World

United States of America - Iron Ore Production

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24,100

#11 in the World

COPPER PRODUCTIONhelp

1,200,000

#4 in the World

CRUDE STEEL PRODUCTIONhelp

85,791.4

#4 in the World

Uruguay - Iron Ore Production

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1

#45 in the World

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62.8

#85 in the World

Venezuela - Iron Ore Production

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487

#32 in the World

CRUDE STEEL PRODUCTIONhelp

29.4

#87 in the World

Vietnam - Iron Ore Production

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2,777

#22 in the World

COPPER PRODUCTIONhelp

37,990

#30 in the World

CRUDE STEEL PRODUCTIONhelp

23,019.2

#13 in the World