Economic Trivia

Burundi's primary exports are coffee and tea, which account for 90% of foreign exchange earnings.

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

Top 3 Trade Partners (2018): Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and China
Top 3 Exported Goods (2018): Coffee & Spices, Precious Stones & Metals, and Ores

Top Industries Source: CIA World Factbook

Blankets; Shoes; Soap; Beer; Assembly of Imported Components; Public Works Construction

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) [1]

GDP, PPP (current international) $8,717,627,926 (2018)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) 1.61% (2018)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $780 (2018)
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GDP Country Rank 159/196 (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 %) -0.687% (2019)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) $589,342,923 (2018)
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 41.2% (2019)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) 18.158% (2018)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 9.362% (2016)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) ($362,644,694) (2018)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 4,983,536 (2019)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 92.023% (2019)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 1.465% (2019)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 6.512% (2019)
Unemployment Rate 1.427% (2019)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $905,279,155 (2018)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $285,503,119 (2018)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 32.039% (2018)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $983,747 (2018)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $24,322,936 (2018)
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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, Burundi’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