Economic Trivia

Timor-Leste's economy achieved a real growth of 10% per year for the past few years, giving it one of the highest sustained growth rates in the world.

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

Top 3 Trade Partners (2013): Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore
Top 3 Exported Goods (2013): Textile Articles, Coffee & Spices, and Electrical Machinery

Top Industries Source: CIA World Factbook

Printing; Soap Manufacturing; Handicrafts; Woven Cloth

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) [1]

GDP, PPP (current international) $2,842,268,279 (2015)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) 4.3% (2015)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $2,290 (2015)
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GDP Country Rank 173/194 (2015)

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 %) -1.221% (2016)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) Data unavailable
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 11.2% (2017)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) 14.869% (2015)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 0.923% (2014)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) ($533,075,100) (2016)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 302,707 (2017)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 51.21% (2010)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 8.87% (2010)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 39.52% (2010)
Unemployment Rate 4.277% (2017)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $1,338,000,000 (2014)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $81,000,000 (2014)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 64.371% (2015)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $5,478,700 (2016)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $61,712,800 (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, Timor-Leste’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