Economic Trivia

Sierra Leone is one of the top diamond producers in the world.

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

Top 3 Trade Partners (2016): United States, Cote d'Ivoire, and China
Top 3 Exported Goods (2016): Prepared Meats, Dairy Products, and Milling Products

Top Industries Source: CIA World Factbook

Diamond Mining; Small-Scale Manufacturing (Beverages, Textiles, Cigarettes, Footwear); Petroleum Refining; Small Commercial Ship Repair

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) [1]

GDP, PPP (current international) $10,897,574,492 (2016)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) 6.067% (2016)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $1,473 (2016)
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GDP Country Rank 152/194 (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 %) 10.883% (2016)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) $1,472,407,000 (2016)
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 31% (2017)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) 13.308% (2016)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 2.047% (2016)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) ($910,410,846) (2014)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 2,928,213 (2017)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 68.46% (2004)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 6.51% (2004)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 25.03% (2004)
Unemployment Rate 3.091% (2017)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $1,978,032,550 (2016)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $863,800,566 (2016)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 59.841% (2016)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $516,000,000 (2016)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $202,491,458 (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, Sierra Leone’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