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December 16, 2005

One of the things that I'm always surprised by is how many people come across this Scrappy Little-Read Blog(TM) by searching for GDP in Africa. To that end, today, we're updating our previous look at GDP in Africa with the latest data available, the figures released for GDP-PPP (Gross Domestic Product adjusted for Purchasing Power Parity), population and GDP-PPP per capita for 2004. The information is presented in a dynamic table format, which allows you to rank the data either from lowest to highest or vice-versa in the table by clicking the individual column headings:

GDP of African Nations: 2004
Country GDP-PPP (billions $USD) Population (2004 est.) GDP-PPP per Capita
Algeria 212.3 32129324 6608
Angola 23.2 10978552 2110
Benin 8.3 7250033 1150
Botswana 15.1 1561973 9635
Burkina Faso 15.7 13574820 1159
Burundi 4.0 6231221 642
Cameroon 30.2 16063678 1878
Cape Verde 0.6 415294 1445
Central African Republic 4.2 3742482 1135
Chad 15.7 9538544 1642
Congo, Democratic Republic of the 42.7 58317930 733
Congo, Republic of the 2.3 2998040 775
Cote d'Ivoire 24.8 17327724 1430
Djibouti 0.6 466900 1326
Egypt 316.3 76117421 4155
Equatorial Guinea 1.3 523051 2428
Eritrea 4.2 4447307 934
Ethiopia 54.9 67851281 809
Gabon 8.0 1355246 5878
Gambia, The 2.8 1546848 1809
Ghana 48.3 20757032 2325
Guinea 19.5 9246462 2109
Guinea-Bissau 1.0 1388363 726
Kenya 34.7 32021856 1083
Lesotho 5.9 1865040 3159
Liberia 2.9 3390635 856
Libya 37.5 5631585 6655
Madagascar 14.6 17501871 832
Malawi 7.4 11906855 622
Maldives 1.3 339330 3684
Mali 11.0 11956788 920
Mauritania 5.5 2998563 1846
Mauritius 15.7 1220481 12847
Morocco 134.6 32209101 4179
Mozambique 23.4 18811731 1243
Namibia 14.8 1954033 7554
Niger 9.7 11360538 855
Nigeria 125.7 137253133 916
Rwanda 10.4 7954013 1311
Sao Tome and Principe 0.2 181565 1179
Senegal 18.4 10852147 1692
Sierra Leone 3.3 5883889 567
Somalia 4.6 8304601 554
South Africa 491.4 42718530 11503
Sudan 76.2 39148162 1946
Swaziland 6.0 1169241 5147
Tanzania 23.7 36588225 648
Togo 8.7 5556812 1563
Tunisia 70.9 9974722 7106
Uganda 39.4 26404543 1492
Zambia 9.4 10462436 899
Zimbabwe 24.4 12671860 1923
Africa (All) 2087.7 872121812 2394

Analyzing the Data

The Richest and Poorest Nations of Africa

The richest nations in Africa in 2004 are unchanged from the previous 2002 data. The island nation of Mauritius is still the top-ranked (according to GDP-PPP per capita), with the nations of South Africa and Botswana next in line.

At the other end of the spectrum, the poorest nation in Africa is Somalia, which swapped places with 2002's poorest African nation Sierra Leone in this 2004's rankings.

Biggest Changes Since 2002

The biggest drop between 2002 and 2004 occurred for Liberia, whose civil war in the intervening years saw the nation's GDP-PPP per capita reduced by nearly 20%. The nations of the Central African Republic, Guinea-Bissau, Libya and Zimbabwe also saw substantial declines (greater than 10%) in GDP-PPP per capita during this period as well.

At the positive end, Chad realized a more than 51% gain in its GDP-PPP per capita between 2002 and 2004. The next greatest increase occurred in Angola, which saw a 34% increase in its GDP-PPP per capita.

Data Sources:

GDP-PPP Data: 2004 GDP-PPP Data for Individual Nations
Population Data: July 2004 Population Estimates
GSP and GDP per Capita: This data was calculated by simply dividing the published GDP-PPP data by each nation's population estimate for July 2004.

Previously on Political Calculations

2004 Economic and Population Data

2002 Economic and Population Data

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