Source
Central bank

Central Bank of Venezuela

International Reserves

USD 6.7 billion (2015)

International Monetary Fund (IMF), data retrieved January 2017

Gross Domestic Product - GDP

USD 314.1 billion (2017, estimate)

GDP (Purchasing Power Parity)

Intl$ 457.1 billion (2017, estimate)

Real GDP growth
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
9.9% 8.8% 5.3% -3.2% -1.5% 4.2% 5.6%
2013 2014* 2015* 2016* 2017*    
1.3% 2.3% -6.2% -10% -4.5%    

*Estimate

GDP per capita - current prices

USD 9,993.3 (2017, estimate)

GDP per capita - PPP

Intl$ 14,544.0 (2017, estimate)

GDP (PPP) - share of world total
1980 1990 2000 2010 2017*
0.92% 0.70% 0.58% 0.54% 0.4%

*Estimate

 
 
Source
GDP - composition by sector
  • agriculture: 4% 
  • industry: 36.1% 
  • services: 59.9%

(2016 estimate)

Gross domestic expenditure on R&D; (% of GDP)

N/A

Inflation
2013 2014 2015 2016* 2017*
40.6% 62.2% 121.7% 475.8% 1660.1%

*Estimate

Unemployment rate
2013* 2014* 2015* 2016* 2017*
7.5% 6.7% 7.4% 18.1% 21.4%

*Estimate

Household saving rates

N/A

 

Public debt (General government gross debt as a % of GDP)
2013* 2014* 2015* 2016* 2017*
73.7% 63.5% 41.5% 32.8% 28.2%

*Estimate

Public deficit (General government net lending/borrowing as a % of GDP)
2013* 2014* 2015* 2016* 2017*
-14.3% -16.8% -23.1% -25.7% -26.1%

*Estimate   

Government bond ratings

Standard & Poor's: CCC

Moody's: Caa3

Standard & Poor's / Moody's (Updated January 2017)

Market value of publicly traded shares
2013 2014 2015
N/A N/A N/A
Largest companies in Venezuela

Mercantil Servicios, Banco De Venezuela, Banco Occidental, Banco del Caribe, C.A. Banco Universal.

 
 
Source
Current account balance

USD -2.7 billion (2017 estimate)

Current account balance by percentage of GDP

-0.9% (2017 estimate)

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

16.7% (2014)

Shares in world total merchandising export

0.2% (2015)

Shares in world total commercial services export

0.03% (2015)

Total exports

USD 28.1 billion (2016 estimate)

Export commodities

Petroleum and petroleum products, bauxite and aluminum, minerals, chemicals, agricultural products

Total imports

USD 27.1 billion (2016 estimate)

 
 
Source
Import commodities

Agricultural products, livestock, raw materials, machinery and equipment, transport equipment, construction materials, medical equipment, petroleum products, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, iron and steel products

Exports - major partners

US 26.6%, India 13.7%, China 11.7%, Cuba 6.4% (2015)

Imports - major partners

US 18.4%, China 15.3%, Brazil 9.7%, Colombia 5.9%, Mexico 4.2% (2015)

FDI inflows
2013 2014 2015
USD 2,680 million USD 320 million USD 1,591 million
FDI outflows
2013 2014 2015
USD 752 million USD 1,024 million USD -1,119 million
Value of cross-border M&A;, by country of purchaser
2012 2013 2014 2015
USD -16.2 million USD 58.0 million USD 1371.9 million USD 3.3 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

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

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. A high ease of doing business ranking means the regulatory environment is more conducive to the starting and operation of a local firm.

Overall ranking: 187 out of 190 countries (2017)

Subcategories:

Starting a business: 189 out of 190 countries

Enforcing Contracts: 137 out of 190 countries

Registering Property: 129 out of 190 countries

Getting Credit: 118 out of 190 countries

Protecting Minority Investors: 175 out of 190 countries

Trading Across Borders: 187 out of 190 countries

Paying Taxes: 185 out of 190 countries

Dealing with Construction Permits: 137 out of 190 countries

Getting Electricity: 186 out of 190 countries

Resolving Insolvency: 165 out of 190 countries

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

130 out of 138 countries

(2016-2017)

Index of Economic FreedomWSJ and Heritage Foundation

Ranking: 176 / Score: 33.74 (Repressed) (2016)

(100=totally free 0=totally repressed )

 
 
Source
Time zone

UTC-4.5

Total area

912,050 sq km

Capital

Caracas

Currency

bolivars (VEB)

Government type

federal republic

Languages

Spanish (official), numerous indigenous dialects

Religions

nominally Roman Catholic 96%, Protestant 2%, other 2%

Total population
1990 2000 2010 2014* 2019**
19.411 million 24.06 million 28.631 million 30.457 million 32.915 million

*Estimate    **Forecast

 
 
Source
Urban population as % of total population
1960 1980 2000 2013
61.6% 79% 88% 89%
Population median age

26.9 years (2014 est.)

Population growth rate

1.42% (2014 est.)

Life expectancy

74.39 years (2014 estimate)

Adult literacy

95.5% (2009 estimate)

% of population living on less than $2 a day

12.9% (2006)

Inequality of wealth distribution (Gini index)

44.8 (2006)

(0=perfect equality, 100=absolute inequality)

Freedom House rating

Political Rights: 5
Civil Liberties: 5 (2014)

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

Total telephone subscribers as % of population

Fixed 25.6%   Mobile 101.6%

(2013)
(fixed-telephone subscribers and mobile-cellular subscribers)

Internet users as % of total population

54.90% (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)

6.9 (2010)

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