leaders of eight large and industrialized nations. These eight nations are: US, Japan, Germany, France, Britain, Italy, Canada, and Russia. G-8 was known as G-6 until Canada joined in 1976, and after that was known as G-7. However, when Russia was invited to join in 1997, the group
became known as G8. The group meets once per year at a special summit meeting
in one of the eight countries. Responsibility
summit meetings is determined through a rotation
of member countries. This rotation occurs in the following order: France, United States
, United Kingdom, Russia, Germany, Japan, Italy and Canada.
In 2009, the host country
will be Italy and in 2010, the host country
will be Canada. In 2011, France will become the host country as the rotation starts over again.