Economic Trivia

Zambia is one of the most urbanized countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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

Top 3 Trade Partners (2019): Switzerland, China, and South Africa
Top 3 Exported Goods (2019): Copper, Natural Minerals & Stone, and Precious Stones & Metals

Top Industries Source: CIA World Factbook

Copper Mining And Processing, Construction, Foodstuffs, Beverages

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) [1]

GDP, PPP (current international) $62,449,133,258 (2018)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) 3.795% (2018)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $3,599 (2018)
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GDP Country Rank 105/196 (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 %) 9.15% (2019)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) $19,116,039,144 (2018)
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 15.6% (2019)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) 0.423% (2018)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 8.479% (2018)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) $146,712,285 (2019)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 7,401,808 (2019)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 48.839% (2019)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 10.834% (2019)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 40.327% (2019)
Unemployment Rate 11.425% (2019)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $10,216,905,805 (2018)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $9,999,332,929 (2018)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 69.225% (2018)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $481,404,727 (2019)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $953,204,795 (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, Zambia’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