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 (2016): India, China, and United States
Top 3 Exported Goods (2016): 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) $261,139,627,723 (2016)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) 4.38% (2016)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $12,316 (2016)
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GDP Country Rank 60/194 (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 %) 3.988% (2016)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) $46,607,902,000 (2016)
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 55.2% (2017)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) 7.883% (2016)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 16.944% (2016)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) ($2,008,522,862) (2015)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 8,338,733 (2017)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 28.16% (2015)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 26.01% (2015)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 45.23% (2015)
Unemployment Rate 5.201% (2017)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $23,646,447,321 (2016)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $17,438,283,795 (2016)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 36.312% (2016)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $898,083,819 (2016)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $6,365,963,005 (2015)
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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