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 (2017): China, India, and Turkey
Top 3 Exported Goods (2017): Cocoa, Motor Vehicles & Parts, and Industrial Machinery

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) $11,565,351,590 (2017)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) 4.211% (2017)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $1,530 (2017)
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GDP Country Rank 154/195 (2017)

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 %) 18.22% (2017)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) $1,731,341,595 (2017)
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 30.7% (2018)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) 2.859% (2017)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 1.958% (2017)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) ($535,189,995) (2017)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 2,611,858 (2018)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 58.846% (2018)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 5.72% (2018)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 35.434% (2018)
Unemployment Rate 4.313% (2018)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $1,813,304,215 (2017)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $983,450,694 (2017)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 51.39% (2017)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $560,000,000 (2017)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $144,775,915 (2017)
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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