As with all inventions, with the possible exception of the mobile phone, global distribution of automated teller machines (ATMs) has been uneven.
This interactive uses the most recent World Bank data – from 2012 – and highlights just how little traditional banking infrastructure there is in parts of Africa, South America and the Middle East.
By providing access to cash at all times and on any day, ATMs have transformed traditional banking. The map highlights the vast global disparity in consumers’ access to cash, from South Korea where there are 282 ATMs per 100,000 adults to places like Burma where there is just one cash machine per 100,000 adults.
How does your country compare? Hover over the map or check out the rankings below.
Can’t find your country on our map or chart? Data was unavailable for some countries. ATMs per 100,000 are also rounded to 0 decimal points.
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