Economic Trivia

Merowe Dam, the largest source of hydroelectricity in Africa, is located in Sudan.

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 Saudi Arabia
Top 3 Exported Goods (2018): Precious Stones & Metals, Oil Seeds, and Live Animals

Top Industries Source: CIA World Factbook

Oil; Cotton Ginning; Textiles; Cement

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) [1]

GDP, PPP (current international) $178,155,959,015 (2018)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) -2.321% (2018)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $4,768 (2018)
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GDP Country Rank 71/196 (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 %) 50.994% (2019)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) $21,595,899,714 (2018)
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 45.4% (2019)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) Data unavailable
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 7.795% (2015)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) ($4,678,501,890) (2018)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 12,410,556 (2019)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 39.939% (2019)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 16.219% (2019)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 43.842% (2019)
Unemployment Rate 16.535% (2019)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $5,043,382,728 (2018)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $4,186,806,713 (2018)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 27.747% (2018)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $1,135,787,164 (2018)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $1,485,806,288 (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, Sudan’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