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) $1,074,804,587 (2022)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) 1.849% (2022)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $3,289 (2022)
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GDP Country Rank 187/197 (2022)

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 %) 2.343% (2021)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) $515,244,902 (2021)
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 8.5% (2019)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) 3.695% (2022)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 2.777% (2018)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) $1,892,981 (2021)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 136,880 (2022)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 48.015% (2021)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 8.491% (2021)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 43.493% (2021)
Unemployment Rate 2.089% (2022)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $535,387,278 (2022)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $149,900,476 (2022)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 48.496% (2022)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) ($4,068,229) (2022)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $29,361,871 (2021)
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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