The following table is an attempt to gather the current usage of the word "billion" around the world. If you have information to help fill up the table or if you find any mistakes please e-mail to hzambrano@csmrm.com. [Please change "csmrm" to "cosmorama", it was misspelled on purpose to avoid e-mail-scanning software]

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Country Name (From ISO 3166) The meaning of a "BILLION"
  1"000,000'000,000
12 zeros
1,000'000,000
9 zeros
Non-applicable
AFGHANISTAN      
ALBANIA      
ALGERIA      
AMERICAN SAMOA      
ANDORRA      
ANGOLA      
ANGUILLA      
ANTARCTICA      
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA      
ARGENTINA      
ARMENIA      
ARUBA      
AUSTRALIA      
AUSTRIA      
AZERBAIJAN      
BAHAMAS      
BAHRAIN      
BANGLADESH      
BARBADOS      
BELARUS      
BELGIUM      
BELIZE      
BENIN      
BERMUDA      
BHUTAN      
BOLIVIA      
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOWINA      
BOTSWANA      
BOUVET ISLAND      
BRAZIL      
BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY      
BRUNEI DARUSSALAM      
BULGARIA      
BURKINA FASO      
BURUNDI      
CAMBODIA      
CAMEROON      
CANADA (Anglophone)      
CANADA (Francophone)      
CAPE VERDE      
CAYMAN ISLANDS      
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC      
CHAD      
CHILE      
CHINA      
CHRISTMAS ISLAND      
COCOS (KEELING) ISLANDS      
COLOMBIA      
COMOROS      
CONGO      
COOK ISLANDS      
COSTA RICA      
COTE D'IVOIRE      
CROATIA (local name: Hrvatska)      
CUBA      
CYPRUS      
CZECH REPUBLIC      
DENMARK      
DJIBOUTI      
DOMINICA      
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC      
EAST TIMOR      
ECUADOR      
EGYPT      
EL SALVADOR      
EQUATORIAL GUINEA      
ERITREA      
ESTONIA      
ETHIOPIA      
FALKLAND ISLANDS (MALVINAS)      
FAROE ISLANDS      
FIJI      
FINLAND      
FRANCE      
FRANCE, METROPOLITAN      
FRENCH GUIANA      
FRENCH POLYNESIA      
FRENCH SOUTHERN TERRITORIES      
GABON      
GAMBIA      
GEORGIA      
GERMANY      
GHANA      
GIBRALTAR      
GREECE      
GREENLAND      
GRENADA      
GUADELOUPE      
GUAM      
GUATEMALA      
GUINEA      
GUINEA-BISSAU      
GUYANA      
HAITI      
HEARD AND MC DONALD ISLANDS      
HOLY SEE (VATICAN CITY STATE)      
HONDURAS      
HONG KONG      
HUNGARY      
ICELAND      
INDIA      
INDONESIA      
IRAN (ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF)      
IRAQ      
IRELAND      
ISRAEL      
ITALY      
JAMAICA      
JAPAN      
JORDAN      
KAZAKHSTAN      
KENYA      
KIRIBATI      
KOREA, DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF      
KOREA, REPUBLIC OF      
KUWAIT      
KYRGYZSTAN      
LAO PEOPLE'S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC      
LATVIA      
LEBANON      
LESOTHO      
LIBERIA      
LIBYAN ARAB JAMAHIRIYA      
LIECHTENSTEIN      
LITHUANIA      
LUXEMBOURG      
MACAU      
MACEDONIA, THE FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF      
MADAGASCAR      
MALAWI      
MALAYSIA      
MALDIVES      
MALI      
MALTA      
MARSHALL ISLANDS      
MARTINIQUE      
MAURITANIA      
MAURITIUS      
MAYOTTE      
MEXICO      
MICRONESIA, FEDERATED STATES OF      
MOLDOVA, REPUBLIC OF      
MONACO      
MONGOLIA      
MONTSERRAT      
MOROCCO      
MOZAMBIQUE      
MYANMAR      
NAMIBIA      
NAURU      
NEPAL      
NETHERLANDS      
NETHERLANDS ANTILLES      
NEW CALEDONIA      
NEW ZEALAND      
NICARAGUA      
NIGER      
NIGERIA      
NIUE      
NORFOLK ISLAND      
NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS      
NORWAY      
OMAN      
PAKISTAN      
PALAU      
PANAMA      
PAPUA NEW GUINEA      
PARAGUAY      
PERU      
PHILIPPINES      
PITCAIRN      
POLAND      
PORTUGAL      
PUERTO RICO      
QATAR      
REUNION      
ROMANIA      
RUSSIAN FEDERATION      
RWANDA      
SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS      
SAINT LUCIA      
SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES      
SAMOA      
SAN MARINO      
SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE      
SAUDI ARABIA      
SENEGAL      
SEYCHELLES      
SIERRA LEONE      
SINGAPORE      
SLOVAKIA (Slovak Republic)      
SLOVENIA      
SOLOMON ISLANDS      
SOMALIA      
SOUTH AFRICA      
SOUTH GEORGIA AND THE SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS      
SPAIN      
SRI LANKA      
ST. HELENA      
ST. PIERRE AND MIQUELON      
SUDAN      
SURINAME      
SVALBARD AND JAN MAYEN ISLANDS      
SWAZILAND      
SWEDEN      
SWITZERLAND      
SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC      
TAIWAN, PROVINCE OF CHINA      
TAJIKISTAN      
TANZANIA, UNITED REPUBLIC OF      
THAILAND      
TOGO      
TOKELAU      
TONGA      
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO      
TUNISIA      
TURKEY      
TURKMENISTAN      
TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS      
TUVALU      
UGANDA      
UKRAINE      
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES      
UNITED KINGDOM      
UNITED STATES      
UNITED STATES MINOR OUTLYING ISLANDS      
URUGUAY      
UZBEKISTAN      
VANUATU      
VENEZUELA      
VIET NAM      
VIRGIN ISLANDS (BRITISH)      
VIRGIN ISLANDS (U.S.)      
WALLIS AND FUTUNA ISLANDS      
WESTERN SAHARA      
YEMEN      
YUGOSLAVIA      
ZAIRE      
ZAMBIA      
ZIMBABWE