## Is an English billion the same as an American billion?

The old UK meaning of a billion was a million million, or one followed by twelve noughts (1,000,000,000,000). The USA meaning of a billion is a thousand million, or one followed by nine noughts (1,000,000,000). The UK government has been using the American meaning of billion since 1974 for the numbers it gives out.

## What is a billion in Europe?

one thousand million
Thus, a European billion has 12 zeroes. Not current usage in Britain – when British people nowadays speak of 1 billion, they mean one thousand million.

How much is a European billion?

The word ‘billion’ is now used internationally to mean 1,000 million and it would be confusing if British Ministers were to use it in any other sense.

### What is a billion in USA?

1,000,000,000
The American billion is one thousand million: 1,000,000,000. The trillion is also the American version now – one thousand billion.

### Do Americans count billions differently?

In British English, a billion used to be equivalent to a million million (i.e. 1,000,000,000,000), while in American English it has always equated to a thousand million (i.e. 1,000,000,000). Nowadays, it’s generally held to be equivalent to a million million (1,000,000,000,000), as it is in American English.

How much is a billion in Germany?

An English billion is die Milliarde in German (plural Milliarden). That’s a 1 followed by 9 zeros, 1,000,000,000. Let’s get even bigger with our next false friend: Ich bin eine aus sechs Billionen.

## How many is a billion in UK?

1,000,000,000,000
In official UK statistics the term is now used to denote 1 thousand million – 1,000,000,000. Historically, however, in the UK the term billion meant 1 million million – 1,000,000,000,000 – but in the United States the term was used to refer to 1 thousand million.

## How many zeros does an American billion have?

9
How Many Zeros in a Million? How Many Zeros in a Billion? Reference Chart

Name Number of Zeros Written Out
One Hundred Thousand 5 100,000
One Million 6 1,000,000
Billion 9 1,000,000,000
Trillion 12 1,000,000,000,000

Why are British and American numbers different?

British dates are written and said in the order day, then month, and then year. American dates are written and said month, then day, then year, usually without extra words and with simple cardinal numbers (“12/22/1978” and “December twenty two nineteen seventy eight”).

### Is a trillion different in US and UK?

A trillion is a number with two distinct definitions: 1,000,000,000,000, i.e. one million million, or 1012 (ten to the twelfth power), as defined on the short scale. This is now the meaning in both American and British English. This is one million times larger than the short scale trillion.

### What are the differences between the American billion and British billion?

To talk you through what are the differences between the Americal billion and the good old fashioned British billion is when you think about how numbers go up – ten tens in one hundred, a thousand thousands in one million, and then what happens next is where things diverge. In old fashioned British counting a million million used to be a billion.

How many million is a billion in America?

In old fashioned British counting a million million used to be a billion. But in America this would be a trillion, so it’s actually a thousand million is a billion. So it’s true there’s no real logic in the American system but there’s also no real logic in the British one either.

## How much is a billion in science?

But, like many of your assumptions, it’s false. In American English, a billion means 1,000,000,000. That’s 109or 10 to the 9th power in scientific terms. In British English, a billion means 1,000,000,000,000. That’s 1012 or 1,000xof the American version.

## What is the difference between Thousand and million?

In the “British” system, interim names are created by adding the prefix “thousand” to the name. e.g. Thousand million, which is a thousand times of million, and a thousandthof billion (British). Alternatively, it is known as milliard. As you can see, thousandand millionare equalsacross the 2 systems.