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Syria 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015f
Nominal GDP ($bn) 53.9 60.0 na na na na na
GDP per capita ($) 2,557 2,807 na na na na na
Real GDP growth (annual change, %) 5.9 3.4 na na na na na
Government revenue (% of GDP) 23.9 20.8* na na na na na
Government total expenditure (% of GDP) 26.7 28.6* na na na na na
General government debt (gross, % of GDP) 31.2 20.0* na na na na na
Current account balance (% of GDP) -2.9 -2.8* na na na na na
Inflation (%) 1.7 6.3 na na na na na
Population (millions) 21.1 21.4 na na na na na
Unemployment (%) 8.1 8.6 na na na na na
Click to see full economic data (2005 - 2019 forecast)
Source: International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Database; Last updated: February 2015; *=Estimate

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