Economic Trivia

Copra, cocoa, kava, and beef all provide for the majority of Vanuatu's exports.

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

Top 3 Trade Partners (2011): Australia, Singapore, and New Zealand
Top 3 Exported Goods (2011): Oil Seeds, Fats & Oils, and Seafood

Top Industries Source: CIA World Factbook

Food and Fish Freezing; Wood Processing; Meat Canning

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) [1]

GDP, PPP (current international) $987,374,699 (2019)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) 3.265% (2019)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $3,293 (2019)
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GDP Country Rank 186/196 (2019)

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 %) 2.763% (2019)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) $414,798,847 (2019)
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 8.5% (2019)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) -0.56% (2019)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 3.489% (2015)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) $85,386,780 (2018)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 131,943 (2020)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 55.257% (2020)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 6.306% (2020)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 38.437% (2020)
Unemployment Rate 4.408% (2020)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $402,516,902 (2014)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $395,707,503 (2014)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 0% (2019)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $41,000,000 (2019)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $366,578,243 (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, Vanuatu’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