Economic Trivia

Mining accounts for more than half of foreign exchange earnings.

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

Top 3 Trade Partners (2017): South Africa, Botswana, and China
Top 3 Exported Goods (2017): Precious Stones & Metals, Seafood, and Ores

Top Industries Source: CIA World Factbook

Meatpacking; Fish Processing; Dairy Products; Pasta and Beverages

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) [1]

GDP, PPP (current international) $27,260,842,156 (2018)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) -0.075% (2018)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $11,135 (2018)
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GDP Country Rank 139/196 (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 %) 4.289% (2018)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) Data unavailable
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 20.7% (2018)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) 3.454% (2018)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 10.11% (2018)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) ($264,570,767) (2018)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 939,625 (2018)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 19.714% (2018)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 19.325% (2018)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 60.961% (2018)
Unemployment Rate 23.095% (2018)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $6,523,035,098 (2018)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $5,624,501,057 (2018)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 89.735% (2018)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $175,382,480 (2018)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $728,210,750 (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, Namibia’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