Economic Trivia

Hong Kong levies excise duties on only four commodities, namely: hard alcohol, tobacco, hydrocarbon oil, and methyl alcohol.

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

Top 3 Trade Partners (2017): China, United States, and Japan
Top 3 Exported Goods (2017): Electrical Machinery, Precious Stones & Metals, and Industrial Machinery

Top Industries Source: CIA World Factbook

Textiles; Clothing; Tourism; Banking

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) [1]

GDP, PPP (current international) $480,497,078,281 (2018)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) 3.021% (2018)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $64,488 (2018)
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GDP Country Rank 44/196 (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 %) 2.408% (2018)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) Data unavailable
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 22.9% (2018)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) 1.264% (2018)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 1.025% (2017)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) $15,555,887,537 (2018)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 3,955,888 (2018)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 0.206% (2018)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 11.755% (2018)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 88.039% (2018)
Unemployment Rate 2.778% (2018)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $682,261,146,903 (2018)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $682,552,784,334 (2018)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 329.692% (2018)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $86,462,759,029 (2018)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $113,721,940,910 (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, Hong Kong’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