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) $186,086,735,693 (2020)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) -1.562% (2020)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $4,244 (2020)
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GDP Country Rank 71/197 (2020)

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 %) 150.323% (2020)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) $22,264,288,833 (2019)
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 45.4% (2019)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) Data unavailable
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 7.795% (2015)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) ($5,215,013,936) (2019)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 12,385,724 (2020)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 39.722% (2020)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 15.861% (2020)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 44.417% (2020)
Unemployment Rate 17.71% (2020)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $1,261,109,283 (2020)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $1,338,261,643 (2020)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 49.707% (2020)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $825,354,992 (2019)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $1,351,788,909 (2019)
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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