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GDP per capita


These are the latest figures on GDP (Gross Domestic Product) and GDP sper capita, for the completed year of 2008. There are many models of calculating GDP. Here CIA has used one which weighs the actual production to the cost level of the country. The model seems not to take into good consideration the barter economy which exists to a varying degree in many of the countries in this list.
The list also shows the size of the GDP per capita compared to the average of the whole world, which in 2008 was estimated to $10,500 per capita.
Data obtained from CIA World Factbook.

MENA rank GDP per capita
in US$
Of world average GDP rank
1. Qatar 111,100 +900% 12.
2. Kuwait 57,500 +450% 8.
3. United Arab Emirates 44,600 +325% 6.
4. Bahrain 37,400 +260% 20.
5. Israel 28,600 +170% 7.
6. Saudi Arabia 20,200 +90% 3.
Oman 20,200 +90% 16.
8. Libya 14,200 +35% 14.
9. Iran 12,800 +22% 2.
10. Turkey 11,900 +14% 1.
11. Lebanon 11,100 +13% 18.
12. Tunisia 7,900 -25% 15.
13. Algeria 6,900 -35% 5.
14. Egypt 5,800 -45% 4.
15. Jordan 5,200 -50% 19.
16. Syria 4,600 -56% 10.
17. Morocco 4,500 -57% 9.
18. Iraq 3,200 -69% 11.
19. Palestine 2,900 -72% 21.
20. Western Sahara 2,500 -76% 23.
Yemen 2,500 -76% 17.
22. Sudan 2,200 -79% 13.
23. Mauritania 2,100 -80% 22.





By Tore Kjeilen