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 (2015): Switzerland, South Africa, and China
Top 3 Exported Goods (2015): Copper, Cereals, 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) $65,076,994,820 (2016)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) 3.3% (2016)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $3,922 (2016)
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GDP Country Rank 98/194 (2016)

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 %) 17.87% (2016)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) $9,547,794,000 (2016)
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 15.6% (2017)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) 8.517% (2016)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 7.93% (2015)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) ($767,651,771) (2015)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 7,110,682 (2017)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 55.81% (2012)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 10.07% (2012)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 33.74% (2012)
Unemployment Rate 7.38% (2017)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $9,979,766,286 (2015)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $7,856,679,779 (2015)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 65.702% (2016)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $1,575,048,919 (2016)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $861,512,074 (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, 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