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 (2017): India, China, and United Arab Emirates
Top 3 Exported Goods (2017): 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) $8,375,695,972 (2017)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) 0.519% (2017)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $771 (2017)
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GDP Country Rank 158/195 (2017)

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 %) 16.053% (2017)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) $632,780,000 (2016)
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 41.5% (2017)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) -4.516% (2017)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 9.214% (2016)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) ($354,821,672) (2016)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 4,713,453 (2017)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 91.445% (2017)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 2.456% (2017)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 6.099% (2017)
Unemployment Rate 1.553% (2017)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $959,704,091 (2016)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $187,667,205 (2016)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 27.787% (2017)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $316,473 (2017)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $17,527,821 (2016)
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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