Economic Trivia

Tourism is the largest sector of Maldives' economy, providing for more than 28% of GDP and 60% of foreign exchange.

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

Top 3 Trade Partners (2016): United Arab Emirates, Singapore, and China
Top 3 Exported Goods (2016): Seafood, Prepared Meats, and Iron & Steel

Top Industries Source: CIA World Factbook

Tourism; Fish Processing; Shipping; Boat Building

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) [1]

GDP, PPP (current international) $6,565,198,131 (2016)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) 6.163% (2016)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $15,348 (2016)
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GDP Country Rank 160/195 (2016)

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 %) 0.503% (2016)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) $1,155,159,000 (2016)
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 30.2% (2017)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) 11.516% (2016)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 2.334% (2016)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) ($839,967,093) (2016)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 219,886 (2017)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 7.483% (2017)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 24.799% (2017)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 67.719% (2017)
Unemployment Rate 4.995% (2017)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $3,197,300,305 (2016)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $3,367,100,023 (2016)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 56.38% (2016)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $448,006,043 (2016)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $3,101,979,179 (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, Maldives’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