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Index / Economy /
Open map of SudanFlag of SudanSudan /

Key figures
GDP per capita
World average: -79%.
MENA rank: 22 of 23.
US$88.4 billion.
MENA rank: 13 of 23.
List of figuresAll other figures
1.5 points of 10 max.
World rank: 176 of 180.
MENA rank: 20 of 21 (shared last).
Investment friendly
World rank: 147 of 181.
MENA rank: 19 of 21.
Economic freedom
Not ranked.
Value of Currency
US$1=157 Dinars

US$1=200 Dinars

US$1=252 Dinars

US$1=257 Dinars

US$1=259 Dinars

January 2002:
US$1=261 Dinars

May 2003:
US$1=247 Dinars

September 2008:
US$1=2.12 Pounds

Sudan is extremely poor, and even if the black economy (that does not become part of the statistics) is considerable, it is still not large enough to change this image.
The ongoing war in the south of the country does not only affect life and business of that part of the country, but also takes away funds from the rest of the country. Sudan has practically no upper class (as measured by Western standards), and there is minimal large-scale industry.
At the present Sudan has bad economic prospects. But if there was to be future change in the economic politics and an end to the civil war, Sudan has many unused resources that could bring quick economic growth to the country.
From January 2007, Sudan changed its dinar to pounds. The pound replaced the dinar with 1 pound=100 dinars. Southern Sudan had until then used their own pounds, which were replaced with 1 new pound=1000 old pounds.

By Tore Kjeilen