TOP TEN COUNTRIES BY LIFE AND NONLIFE DIRECT PREMIUMS WRITTEN, 2009 (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) $501,675 $648,083 $1,149,758 -7.3 28.03%
2 Japan (4) 410,309 107,762 518,070 7.2 12.63
3 United Kingdom 216,719 95,446 312,165 -21.1 7.61
4 France 194,077 88,993 283,070 2.6 6.90
5 Germany 111,996 127,945 239,941 -0.2 5.85
6 Italy 115,290 54,070 169,360 20.4 4.13
7 China (5) 109,175 53,871 163,046 15.8 3.98
8 Netherlands (6) 33,758 74,385 108,144 -5.6 2.64
9 Canada (7) 45,154 54,342 98,496 -4.7 2.43
10 South Korea 62,461 34,216 96,676 6.7 2.36

(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, 2009-March 31, 2010.
(5) Provisional.
(6) Estimated.
(7) Life premiums are net premiums.

Source: Swiss Re, sigma, No. 2/2010, update December, 2010.