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) $197,622,822,616 (2022)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) -0.953% (2022)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $4,216 (2022)
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GDP Country Rank 74/197 (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 %) 138.808% (2022)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) $22,165,390,604 (2021)
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 45.4% (2019)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) Data unavailable
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 7.795% (2015)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) ($4,442,782,663) (2022)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 13,501,917 (2022)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 40.605% (2021)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 14.641% (2021)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 44.754% (2021)
Unemployment Rate 18.73% (2022)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $582,580,856 (2022)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $811,697,318 (2022)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 27.593% (2022)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $573,504,495 (2022)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $1,521,600,983 (2022)
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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