Economic Trivia

Two major investment services rank Botswana as the best credit risk in Africa.

Trade Source: United Nations Comtrade
Note: Top 3 trade partners are calculated by imports + exports.

Top 3 Trade Partners (2016): South Africa, Belgium, and Namibia
Top 3 Exported Goods (2016): Precious Stones & Metals, Nickel, and Electrical Machinery

Top Industries Source: CIA World Factbook

Diamonds; Copper; Nickel; Salt

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) [1]

GDP, PPP (current international) $37,657,768,014 (2016)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) 2.9% (2016)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $16,735 (2016)
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GDP Country Rank 115/194 (2016)

GDP Composition %

Note: GDP composition percentage may exceed 100. Manufacturing is included in the Industry figures and is also reported separately because it plays a critical role in many economies.

Economic Indicators [1]

Inflation, consumer prices (annual %) 3.769% (2016)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) $2,100,343,000 (2016)
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 25.1% (2017)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) -3.148% (2016)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 6.428% (2015)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) $1,120,350,115 (2015)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 1,219,007 (2017)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 26.43% (2010)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 17.52% (2010)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 56.05% (2010)
Unemployment Rate 18.565% (2017)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $7,728,977,100 (2015)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $7,537,819,508 (2015)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 88.286% (2016)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $394,903,656 (2016)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $1,174,162,243 (2015)
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Economic Snapshot [1]

Note: Percentile ranks are calculated using the latest available data for all countries within the last 5 years.

How to interpret the graph: The purpose of this graph is to take a snapshot of a country’s economy in comparison to other economies. For example, Botswana’s Exports rank is higher than (please wait...) of the countries in the dataset. For Exports, FDI and GDP measures, a higher rank (closer to 100%) indicates a stronger economy. Conversely, for Unemployment and Inflation, a lower rank (closer to 0%) indicates a stronger economy.

Due to unavailable data the following indicators have been omitted:
  • Exports
  • FDI, net inflows
  • GDP Growth Rate
  • GDP Per Capita
  • Inflation
  • Unemployment


  1. The World Bank