General profile: Sierra Leone

GENERAL INFORMATION FOR 2020
Population
Population
Exchange rates
Exchange rate
GDP
GDP
7.977 Millions
9 829.927 SLL/US$
4 210 Millions current US$
Land area
Land area¹
CPI growth (%)
CPI growth
GDP growth
GDP growth
(n) 72 180 km²
15.70 %
-2.20 %
INTERNATIONAL MERCHANDISE TRADE
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-40.7 %
Merchandise exports growth rate in 2020
Total merchandise trade
(millions of US$)
2005
2010
2015
2020
Merchandise exports
158
341
512
(e) 367
Merchandise imports
345
770
1 530
(e) 1 256
Merchandise trade balance
-186
-429
-1 019
(e) -889
Export structure by product group in 2020
(as % of total exports)
11 %11 %26 %26 %22 %22 %9 %9 %33 %33 %
Top 5 partners in 2020
(exports, millions of US$)
49424138314942413831
INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN SERVICES
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Total trade in services²
(millions of US$)
2005
2010
2015
2020
Services exports
78
57
200
-
Services imports
91
252
883
-
Services trade balance
-13
-195
-682
-
Services exports by main category²
(as % of total services)
2005
2010
2015
2020
Transport
14.9
44.6
21.8
-
Travel
81.9
45.5
18.7
-
Other services
3.2
9.9
59.5
-
TRADE INDICES
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6611710411112510026532118558695340586146493822136110114117118108100104128124138157158137149154158182189202196209
ECONOMIC TRENDS
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-2.2 %
Gross domestic product growth rate in 2020
Economic indicators
(millions of US$ unless otherwise specified)
2005
2010
2015
2020
GDP, current
1 650
2 578
4 248
4 210
GDP per capita, current US$
292
402
592
528
Real GDP growth, y-on-y, %
4.51
5.35
-20.49
-2.20
Current account balance, % of GDP
-6.36
-22.70
-23.61
..
Exchange rate (/US$)
2 889.588
3 978.087
5 080.748
9 829.927
GDP by expenditure in 2019
(as % of total GDP)
100.28.413.016.037.5100.28.413.016.037.5
FDI AND EXTERNAL FINANCIAL RESOURCES
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..
FDI outflows as % of GDP in 2020
Financial flows
(millions of US$ unless otherwise specified)
2005
2010
2015
2020
FDI inflows
83.18
238.44
252.44
..
FDI outflows
-7.55
..
..
..
Personal remittances, % of GDP
0.15
1.72
1.13
..
Financial flows trends
(millions of US$)
62.162.148.346.848.262.469.764.558.844.235.922.642.015.62.424.725.921.86.67.136821812913825237543072295023811158975983619101039FDI Inwards flowsFDI Inwards flowsFDI Inwards flowsMigrant's remittances receiptsMigrant's remittances receiptsMigrant's remittances receipts
TRADE IN GOODS AND SERVICES
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Trade balance indicators²
(as % and index)
2005
2010
2015
2020
Balance, % of GDP
-11.59
-27.65
-34.17
..
Balance, % of imports
-42.22
-62.95
-65.11
..
Normalized balance
-0.268
-0.459
-0.483
..
Trade openness²
(sum of imports and exports as % of GDP)
58636171878298103604637383943
LABOUR FORCE
Labour force by gender in 2020
(as % of total labour force, all sectors)
Male
50%Male 50%Female
50%Female 50%
OTHER INDICATORS
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0.120 %
Share of the total world merchant fleet in 2020
Maritime transport indicators
 
2005
2010
2015
2020
Merchant fleet, national flag (thousands of DWT)
30
792
1 560
2 477
Liner shipping connectivity index (maximum 2006 = 100 for China)
..
5.33
10.24
6.90
Container port throughput (TEU)
..
50 000
67 188
..
Information economy indicators
(as % of)
2005
2010
2015
2020
Share of ICT goods, % of total exports
..
..
0.17
..
Share of ICT goods, % of total imports
..
..
4.10
..
Share of workforce involved in the ICT sector
..
..
..
..
Source: UNCTADstat (http://unctadstat.unctad.org)
Notes:
1
Land area refers to the total area of a country excluding area under inland water bodies. It differs from the country area, that includes area under inland water bodies, but excludes offshore territorial waters.
2
Statistics presented correspond to the 6th edition of the IMF Balance of Payments and International Investment Position Manual (BPM6, 2009).
e
Estimated.
n
Estimated. Data refers to 2016.
Symbols for missing values:
0
Zero means that the amount is nil or negligible
..
Not available or not separately reported
_
Not applicable
...
Not available, including no quotation
#
Non-relevant calculation
-
Not publishable
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Negative accumulation of flows; Value included in regional and global totals
Abbreviations & acronyms:
DWT:
Dead weight tons
FDI:
Foreign direct investment
GDP:
Gross domestic product
ICT:
Information and communication technology
TEU:
Twenty foot equivalent unit
US$:
United States dollar
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Generation date: 22 July 2021