Economic Trivia

The main support of Suriname's economy comes from exporting aluminum oxide and aluminum.

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

Top 3 Trade Partners (2017): Switzerland, United States, and Hong Kong
Top 3 Exported Goods (2017): Precious Stones & Metals, Oil & Mineral Fuels, and Items nesoi

Top Industries Source: CIA World Factbook

Bauxite and Gold Mining; Alumina Production; Oil; Lumbering

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) [1]

GDP, PPP (current international) $8,926,644,280 (2018)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) 1.997% (2018)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $15,498 (2018)
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GDP Country Rank 157/196 (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 %) 22.02% (2017)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) Data unavailable
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 27.9% (2018)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) 4.74% (2018)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 14.584% (2017)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) ($189,025,528) (2018)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 216,546 (2018)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 7.04% (2018)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 24.69% (2018)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 68.27% (2018)
Unemployment Rate 7.631% (2018)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $2,015,972,862 (2017)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $2,291,491,379 (2017)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 110.875% (2018)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $202,003,344 (2018)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $143,888,786 (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, Suriname’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