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 (2018): China, United Arab Emirates, and Belgium
Top 3 Exported Goods (2018): Seafood, Ores, and Cocoa

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) $16,618,220,888 (2022)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) 3.501% (2022)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $1,931 (2022)
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GDP Country Rank 154/197 (2022)

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 %) 27.208% (2022)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) $2,453,032,240 (2021)
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 30.7% (2019)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) 11.405% (2021)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 1.878% (2021)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) ($358,390,214) (2021)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 2,800,724 (2022)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 42.714% (2021)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 11.904% (2021)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 45.382% (2021)
Unemployment Rate 3.635% (2022)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $1,761,846,791 (2021)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $719,316,463 (2021)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 75.51% (2022)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $250,000,000 (2022)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $67,688,636 (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, 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