Source
Central bank

The Central Bank of Swaziland

International Reserves

US$ 600.508 million (Source: IMF; Data updated: 2012)

Source
Gross Domestic Product - GDP

US$ 3.893 billion (2009 estimate)

GDP (Purchasing Power Parity)

6.144 billion of International dollars (2009 estimate)

Real GDP growth
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
1% 1.8% 3.9% 2.5% 2.2% 2.9% 3.5% 3.1%
2009 2010 2011 2012*        
1.2% 2% 0.3% -2.7%        

*Estimate

GDP per capita - current prices

US$ 3,325 (2008 estimate)

GDP per capita - PPP

$5,248 International Dollars (2008 estimate)

GDP (PPP) - share of world total
1980 1990 2000 2010 2015**
0.01% 0.01% 0.01% 0.01% 0.01%

**Forecast

 
 
Source
GDP - composition by sector

(Data released on February 2012)

  • agriculture: 7.8% 
  • industry: 50.8% 
  • services: 41.4% (2011 estimate)
Gross domestic expenditure on R&D; (% of GDP)

N/A

(Data released on March 2012)

Inflation
2009 2010 2011 2012*
7.4%(2008) 4.5% 6.1% 7.2%

*Estimate

Unemployment rate
2009 2010 2011 2012*
N/A N/A N/A(2009) N/A

*Estimate

Household saving rates

N/A

(Data released on December 2011)

Public debt (General government gross debt as a % of GDP)
2008 2009 2010 2011 2012*
16.6% 12.6% 15.9% 17.5% 19%

*Estimate

Public deficit (General government net lending/borrowing as a % of GDP)
2008 2009 2010 2011* 2012**
-0.3% -6.4% -13.8% -6.8% 2.7%

*Estimate    **Forecast

Government bond ratings

Standard & Poor's: N/A

Moody's rating: N/A

Moody's outlook: N/A

(Foreign Currency Government Bond Ratings; Data last updated Dec 2011 and Nov 2012)

Market value of publicly traded shares
2009 2010 2011
US$199.9 million US$203.1 million  
Largest companies in Swaziland

N/A

 
 
Source
Current account balance

US$ 16 million (2010 estimate)(After 2008)

Current account balance by percentage of GDP

0.4% of GDP (2009 estimate)(2009)

Exports as percent of GDP(Exports of goods and services)

54.8% (2010)

(Data released on April 2012)

Shares in world total merchandising export

0.01%(2007)

(Data were released in 2012 and refer to 2011)

Shares in world total commercial services export

0.01% (2010)(2007)

(Data were released in 2012)

Total exports

US$1.985 billion (2012 estimate) 

Export commodities

soft drink concentrates, sugar, wood pulp, cotton yarn, refrigerators, citrus and canned fruit

Total imports

US$2.111 billion (2012 estimate) 

 
 
Source
Import commodities

motor vehicles, machinery, transport equipment, foodstuffs, petroleum products, chemicals

Exports - major partners

N/A

Imports - major partners

N/A

FDI inflows
2009 2010 2011
US$66 million US$136 million(2009) US$95 million(2009)
FDI outflows
2009 2010 2011  
US$7 million US$4 million US$4 million  
Value of cross-border M&A;, by country of purchaser
2008 2009 2010 2011
N/A N/A(2009) US$6 million(2009) N/A
Cross-border M&A; deals worth over $3 billion completed in 2010(Acquiring company, Acquired company, Country of the acquired company, Value of the deal)

N/A

(for a monthly update on M&A; click here )

Cross-border M&A; deals worth over $3 billion completed in 2011(Acquiring company, Acquired company, Country of the acquired company, Value of the deal)

N/A(2008 estimate)

(for a monthly update on M&A; click here )

Best countries for doing business World Bank/IFC Doing Business Project (Economies are ranked on their ease of doing business, from 1 - 185. A high ranking means the regulatory environment is more conducive to the starting and operation of a local firm.)

Overall ranking: 123 out of 185 countries(2009) (2013)

Subcategories:

Starting a business: 165 out of 185 countries(2009)

Enforcing Contracts: 174 out of 185 countries

Registering Property: 129 out of 185 countries

Getting credit: 53 out of 185 countries

Protecting investors: 128 out of 185 countries

Trading across border: 141 out of 185 countries

Paying Taxes: 58 out of 185 countries

Dealing with Construction Permits: 41 out of 185 countries

Getting Electricity: 156 out of 185 countries

Resolving Insolvency: 74 out of 185 countries

(2013)

Global competitiveness ranking(ranking by country on a basis of 144, the first is the best)

135

(2012)

 

 

Index of Economic FreedomWSJ and Heritage Foundation

Ranking: 106 Score: 57.2 (Mostly Unfree) (2009)

(100=totally free 0=totally repressed )

 
 
Source
Total area

17,364 km2 (2006)

Capital

Mbabane (2009)

Currency

emalangeni (2009)

Government type

monarchy (2009)

Languages

English (official, government business conducted in English), siSwati (official)

Religions

Zionist 40% (a blend of Christianity and indigenous ancestral worship), Roman Catholic 20%, Muslim 10%, other (includes Anglican, Bahai, Methodist, Mormon, Jewish) 30%

Total population
1980 1990 2000 2012* 2017**
0.6 million 0.83 million 0.99 million 1.17 million 1.15 million

*Estimate    **Forecast

 
 
Source
Urban population as % of total population
1960 1980 2000 2011
3.9% 17.8% 23.3% 21.3%
Population median age

19 years (2010)

Population growth rate

1.2% (2011)

Life expectancy

48 years (2010)

Adult literacy

87% (2005/2010)

% of population living on less than $2 a day

81.02% (2011)

Inequality of wealth distribution (Gini index)

51.49 (2010)

(Data were released in 2011, 0=perfect equality, 100=absolute inequality)

Freedom House rating

Political Rights:7
Civil Liberties:5 (2011)

(1 represents the most free, 7 the least free)

Source
Total telephone subscribers as % of population

68.1% (2011)

(sum of fixed telephone lines and mobile cellular subscribers)

Internet users as % of total population

18.13% (Data were released in 2012 and refer to 2011)

Cost of living - Mercer index(ranking by city on a basis of 214; the 1st is the most expensive and the 214th is the least expensive)

N/A

Source
CO2 emissions(Metric tons of CO2 per capita)

0.8756 (Data were released in 2012 and refer to 2009)

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