BRICS - Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa
BRICS is an acronym for an association of five major emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. BRICS is an intergovernmental organization formed in 2006 to promote cooperation and consultation between its members in economics, finance, trade, culture, and security. The BRICS have a combined area of 39,746,220 km2 and an estimated total population of about 3.21 billion, or about 26.7% of the world's land surface and 41.5% of the global population. Brazil, Russia, India, and China are among the world's ten largest countries by population, area, and GDP; the latter three are widely considered current or emerging superpowers. All five states are members of the G20, which is about 23% of the global GDP.