# How many zeros are there in a billion?

#### short answers for big questions

TThere is some confusion regarding this concept, since not all the countries make use of the same pattern. Portugal uses the same nomenclature of most of the European countries such as Spain, Italy, France, England, Germany, and so on. But the United States and Brazil for instance use another formula to represent numbers, which sometimes gives rise to some confusion.

Till we reach a million, the meaning is the same everywhere, but things change forward depending on the country we are in. In The United States 1 billion corresponds to a thousand million in Portuguese, which has 9 zeros, as we can notice in the number written above. In order to better understand the difference, let’s have a look at the following table:

### Different ways of representing numbers

PortugalUnited StatesNumberAmount of zeros
oneone10
thousandthousand10003
milionmilion1.000.0006
one thousand milionbilion1.000.000.0009
biliontrilion1.000.000.000.00012