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) $937,110,004 (2018)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) 3.2% (2018)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $3,202 (2018)
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GDP Country Rank 187/196 (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 %) 3.085% (2017)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) $402,236,822 (2018)
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 8.5% (2018)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) 0.542% (2018)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 3.592% (2015)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) ($82,051,487) (2015)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 126,225 (2018)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 61.137% (2018)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 6.529% (2018)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 32.334% (2018)
Unemployment Rate 5.409% (2018)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $402,516,902 (2014)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $395,707,503 (2014)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 47.307% (2018)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $38,000,000 (2018)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $277,492,850 (2015)
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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