Curacao Economy

Is Curacao a rich country?

Most of Curacao's GDP results from services. Tourism, petroleum refining and bunkering, offshore finance, and transportation and communications are the mainstays of this small island economy, which is closely tied to the outside world. Curacao has limited natural resources, poor soil, and inadequate water supplies, and budgetary problems complicate reform of the health and education systems. Although GDP grew only slightly during the past decade, Curacao enjoys a high per capita income and a well-developed infrastructure compared to other countries in the region.

Curacao has an excellent natural harbor that can accommodate large oil tankers, and the port of Willemstad hosts a free trade zone and a dry dock. Venezuelan state-owned oil company PdVSA, under a contract in effect until 2019, leases the single refinery on the island from the government, directly employing some 1,000 people. Most of the oil for the refinery is imported from Venezuela and most of the refined products are exported to the US and Asia. Almost all consumer and capital goods are imported, with the US, the Netherlands, and Venezuela being the major suppliers.

The government is attempting to diversify its industry and trade. Curacao is an Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) of the European Union. Nationals of Curacao are citizens of the European Union, even though it is not a member. Based on its OCT status, products that originate in Curacao have preferential access to the EU and are exempt from import duties. Curacao is a beneficiary of the Caribbean Basin Initiative and, as a result, products originating in Curacao can be imported tax free into the US if at least 35% has been added to the value of these products in Curacao. The island has state-of-the-art information and communication technology connectivity with the rest of the world, including a Tier IV datacenter. With several direct satellite and submarine optic fiber cables, Curacao has one of the best Internet speeds and reliability in the Western Hemisphere.

Curacao Economy Data

What is the GDP of Curacao?

GDP - Gross Domestic Product (PPP) $3,128,000,000 (USD)
GDP - official exchange rate $5,600,000,000 (USD)
GDP - real growth rate 3.6%
GDP Per Capita $15,000.00 (USD)
GDP by Sector- agriculture 0.7%
GDP by Sector- Industry 15.5%
GDP by Sector- services 83.8%
Inflation Rate 2.6%
Labor Force 73,010
Labor Force By Occupation- agriculture 1.2%
Labor Force By Occupation- industry 16.9%
Labor Force By Occupation- services 81.8%
Unemployment Rate 13%
Annual Budget $0 (USD)
Budget Surplus or Deficit - percent of GDP -0.4%
Public Debt (% of GDP) 33.2%
Taxes and other revenues - percent of GDP 16.6%
Major Industries tourism, petroleum refining, petroleum transshipment, light manufacturing, financial and business services
Agriculture Products aloe, sorghum, peanuts, vegetables, tropical fruit
Currency Code 1.79

Labor Force by Occupation- As reported by Curacao

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