Economic Trivia

Sri Lanka has one of the largest GDPs per capita in South Asia.

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

Top 3 Trade Partners (2017): India, China, and United States
Top 3 Exported Goods (2017): Apparel: Knit, Apparel: Non Knit, and Coffee & Spices

Top Industries Source: CIA World Factbook

Processing of Rubber; Tea; Coconuts; Tobacco and other Agricultural Commodities

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) [1]

GDP, PPP (current international) $287,228,404,786 (2018)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) 3.209% (2018)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $13,255 (2018)
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GDP Country Rank 56/196 (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 %) 3.528% (2019)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) $52,626,036,437 (2018)
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 55.2% (2019)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) 6.914% (2018)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 16.219% (2018)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) ($2,813,681,478) (2018)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 8,920,237 (2019)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 24.517% (2019)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 29.656% (2019)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 45.826% (2019)
Unemployment Rate 4.198% (2019)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $26,789,046,567 (2018)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $20,256,022,007 (2018)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 38.383% (2018)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $1,610,543,974 (2018)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $8,339,558,444 (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, Sri Lanka’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