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 (2021): China, Singapore, and United States
Top 3 Exported Goods (2021): 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) $971,274,521,662 (2021)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) 3.092% (2021)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $28,929 (2021)
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GDP Country Rank 30/197 (2021)

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 %) 2.477% (2021)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) $200,364,305,000 (2016)
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 38.7% (2019)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) -2.147% (2021)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 23.468% (2021)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) $14,143,329,787 (2021)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 16,739,686 (2021)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 10.09% (2020)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 26.834% (2020)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 63.076% (2020)
Unemployment Rate 4.609% (2021)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $230,244,491,106 (2021)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $256,755,967,466 (2021)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 143.977% (2021)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $18,595,649,824 (2021)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $20,851,824,015 (2021)
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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