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 (2016): United Arab Emirates, Switzerland, and United States
Top 3 Exported Goods (2016): Items nesoi, Oil & Mineral Fuels, and Cereals

Top Industries Source: CIA World Factbook

Bauxite and Gold Mining; Alumina Production; Oil; Lumbering

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) [1]

GDP, PPP (current international) $8,356,934,048 (2016)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) -5.142% (2016)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $14,967 (2016)
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GDP Country Rank 155/195 (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 %) 52.336% (2016)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) Data unavailable
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 27.9% (2017)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) -13.065% (2016)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 13.354% (2016)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) ($101,567,024) (2016)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 221,142 (2017)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 2.659% (2017)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 24.135% (2017)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 73.206% (2017)
Unemployment Rate 8.124% (2017)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $1,717,400,379 (2016)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $1,625,084,289 (2016)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 82.167% (2016)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $174,273,021 (2016)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $155,264,743 (2016)
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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