Economic Trivia

About 90% of the population is engaged in subsistence agriculture.

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

Top 3 Trade Partners (2016): Switzerland, China, and Cote d'Ivoire
Top 3 Exported Goods (2016): Precious Stones & Metals, Cotton, and Oil Seeds

Top Industries Source: CIA World Factbook

Cotton Lint; Beverages; Agricultural Processing; Soap

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) [1]

GDP, PPP (current international) $39,010,009,433 (2018)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) 6.51% (2018)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $1,975 (2018)
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GDP Country Rank 121/196 (2018)

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 %) 1.864% (2018)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) $3,285,715,190 (2018)
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 41.3% (2018)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) 0.588% (2017)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 5.169% (2018)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) ($894,070,851) (2017)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 7,245,623 (2018)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 28.689% (2018)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 32.967% (2018)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 38.344% (2018)
Unemployment Rate 6.059% (2018)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $5,036,706,106 (2018)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $4,144,558,534 (2018)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 52.473% (2018)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $480,001,742 (2018)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $456,210,559 (2017)
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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, Burkina Faso’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