TOP TEN COUNTRIES BY LIFE AND NONLIFE DIRECT PREMIUMS WRITTEN, 2008 (1)

(U.S. $ millions)

 
        Total premiums
Rank Country Life premiums Nonlife premiums (2) Amount Percent change
from prior year
Percent of total
 world premiums 
1 United States (3) $578,211 $662,432 $1,240,643 0.22% 26.09%
2 Japan (4) 367,112 106,085 473,197 20.37 11.08
3 United Kingdom  342,759 107,393 450,152 -16.56 10.54
4 France  181,146 91,861 273,007 0.06 6.39
5 Germany  111,278 131,807 243,085 8.75 5.69
6 PR China  95,831 44,987 140,818 52.26 3.30
7 Italy  82,623 58,066 140,689 -1.20 3.30
8 Netherlands (5) 38,899 73,712 112,611 9.74 2.64
9 Canada (6) 47,855 57,319 105,174 4.38 2.46
10 South Korea (4) 66,417 30,606 97,023 -15.97 2.27

(1) Before reinsurance transactions.
(2) Includes accident and health insurance.
(3) Nonlife premiums include state funds; life premiums include an estimate of group pension business.
(4) April 1, 2008-March 31, 2009.
(5) Nonlife premiums are gross premiums and include a small amount of reinsurance premiums.
(6) Life premiums are net premiums.

Source: Swiss Re, sigma, No. 3/2009.