Economic Trivia

The oil and gas sector supplies about 35% of government revenue.

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

Top 3 Trade Partners (2015): China, Singapore, and United States
Top 3 Exported Goods (2015): Electrical Machinery, Oil & Mineral Fuels, and Industrial Machinery

Top Industries Source: CIA World Factbook

Rubber and Oil Palm Processing and Manufacturing; Petroleum and Natural Gas; Light Manufacturing; Pharmaceuticals

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) [1]

GDP, PPP (current international) $815,644,552,977 (2015)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) 4.952% (2015)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $26,891 (2015)
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GDP Country Rank 26/193 (2015)

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 %) 2.104% (2015)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) $210,819,985,000 (2014)
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 40% (2015)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) 4.992% (2015)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 22.804% (2015)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) $8,959,609,711 (2015)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 13,300,027 (2014)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 12.2% (2014)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 27.4% (2014)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 60.3% (2014)
Unemployment Rate 2% (2014)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $187,685,571,630 (2015)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $210,323,902,189 (2015)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 131.026% (2014)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $10,962,721,673 (2015)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $41,860,278,373 (2014)
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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, Malaysia’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