Source
Central bank

The Central Bank of Swaziland

International Reserves

US$ 842 million (Source: World Bank; Data updated: 2013)

Gross Domestic Product - GDP

US$ 4 billion (2014 estimate)

GDP (Purchasing Power Parity)

7 billion of International dollars (2014 estimate)

Real GDP growth
2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
3.9% 2.5% 2.5% 3.3% 3.5% 2.4% 1.3% 1.9%
2011 2012 2013 2014*        
-0.6% 1.9% 2.8% 2.1%        

*Estimate

GDP per capita - current prices

US$ 3,457 (2014 estimate)

GDP per capita - PPP

$6,367 International Dollars (2014 estimate)

GDP (PPP) - share of world total
1980 1990 2000 2010 2014*
0.01% 0.01% 0.01% 0.01% 0.01%

*Estimate

 
 
Source
GDP - composition by sector
  • agriculture: 7.6% 
  • industry: 47.8% 
  • services: 44.6% (2013 estimate)
Gross domestic expenditure on R&D; (% of GDP)

N/A

 

Inflation
2011 2012 2013 2014*
6.1% 8.9% 5.6% 5.5%

*Estimate

Unemployment rate
2011 2012 2013 2014*
N/A N/A N/A N/A

*Estimate

Household saving rates

N/A

 

Public debt (General government gross debt as a % of GDP)
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014*
16.0% 17.4% 18.2% 18.8% 26.9%

*Estimate

Public deficit (General government net lending/borrowing as a % of GDP)
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014*
-10.8% -4.6% 4.0% -0.7% -1.8%

*Estimate   

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 Sept 2014)

Market value of publicly traded shares
2009 2010 2011
N/A N/A N/A
Largest companies in Swaziland

N/A

 
 
Source
Current account balance

US$ 73 million (2014 estimate)

Current account balance by percentage of GDP

1.918% of GDP (2014 estimate)

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

63.7% (2011)

(Data released on Oct 2014)

Shares in world total merchandising export

0.01% (2012)

(Data were released in March 2014)

Shares in world total commercial services export

0.01% (2012)

(Data were released in 2014)

Total exports

US$ 1.603 billion (2013 estimate) 

Export commodities

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

Total imports

US$ 1.545 billion (2013 estimate) 

 
 
Source
Import commodities

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

Exports - major partners

Germany 18.5%, United States 11.61%, Italy 7.61%, France 6.96%, United Kingdom 5.67% (2013 est.)

Imports - major partners

N/A

FDI inflows
2011 2012 2013
US$ 93 million US$ 90 million US$ 67 million
FDI outflows
2011 2012 2013  
US$ 9 million US$ -6 million US$ 1 million  
Value of cross-border M&A;, by country of purchaser
2010 2011 2012 2013
US$ 6 million US$ 0 million US$ 0 million US$ 0 million
Cross-border M&A; deals worth over $3 billion completed in 2012(Acquiring company, Acquired company, Country of the acquired company, Value of the deal)

N/A

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Cross-border M&A; deals worth over $3 billion completed in 2013(Acquiring company, Acquired company, Country of the acquired company, Value of the deal)

N/A

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Best countries for doing business World Bank/IFC Doing Business Project

Economies are ranked on their ease of doing business, from 1 - 189. A high ranking means the regulatory environment is more conducive to the starting and operation of a local firm.

Overall ranking: 123 out of 189 countries (2013)

Subcategories:

Starting a business: 172 out of 189 countries

Enforcing Contracts: 176 out of 189 countries

Registering Property: 130 out of 189 countries

Getting credit: 55 out of 189 countries

Protecting investors: 128 out of 189 countries

Trading across border: 127 out of 189 countries

Paying Taxes: 59 out of 189 countries

Dealing with Construction Permits: 51 out of 189 countries

Getting Electricity: 163 out of 189 countries

Resolving Insolvency: 68 out of 189 countries

(2013)

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

123

(2014-2015)

 

 

Index of Economic FreedomWSJ and Heritage Foundation

Ranking: 82 Score: 61.2 (Moderately Free) (2014)

(100=totally free 0=totally repressed )

 
 
Source
Time zone

UTC+2

Total area

17,364 sq km

Capital

Mbabane; note - Lobamba is the royal and legislative capital

Currency

emalangeni

Government type

monarchy

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
1990 2000 2010 2014* 2019**
0.884 million 1.064 million 1.054 million 1.106 million 1.177 million

*Estimate    **Forecast

 
 
Source
Urban population as % of total population
1960 1980 2000 2013
3.9% 18% 23% 21%
Population median age

21 years (2014 est.)

Population growth rate

1.14% (2014 est.)

Life expectancy

50.54 years  (2014 est.)

Adult literacy

87.8% (2011 estimate)

% of population living on less than $2 a day

59.1% (2010)

Inequality of wealth distribution (Gini index)

51.5 (2010)

(0=perfect equality, 100=absolute inequality)

Freedom House rating

Political Rights: 7
Civil Liberties: 5 (2014)

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

Total telephone subscribers as % of population

Fixed  3.7%   Mobile  71.5% (2013)
(fixed-telephone subscribers and mobile-cellular subscribers)

Internet users as % of total population

24.70% (2013)

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

CO2 emissions(Metric tons of CO2 per capita)

0.9 (2010)

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