South Africa Bulgaria
GDP per capita $10,600 $12,372
Inflation Rate 5% (2006) 12.5% (2007)
Country Risk Ratings A3 A4
Ease of Doing Business 35/178 46/178
Ease of Doing Business 44/131 79/137
Budget surplus 0.3% 6%
Fiscal year 1 April to 31 March

1 January to 31 December

External debt $25.9 billion $12.05 billion
Industrial production growth rate 5.5% (2004) 6.3% (2004)
Population 47.4 million 7.64 million
Ranked in terms of GDP 25th 70th
Population under poverty line 50% (2000)

13% (2007)

Unemployment rate 26.2% (2004) 6.51% (2008)
Labour force by sector

agriculture – 30%, industry – 25%, services – 45%

agriculture – 7%, industry – 36.3%, services – 56.6% (2008)
Labour force 16.63 million 3.465 million
Electricity production 202.6 billion kWh (2002)

41.38 billion kWh (2001)

Electricity consumption 189.4 billion kWh (2002)

32.52 billion kWh (2002)

Electricity export 189.4 billion kWh (2002) 6.79 billion kWh (2001)
Electricity import 189.4 billion kWh (2002) 830 million kWh (2001)
GDP - per capita, purchasing power parity $11.100 (2004)

$11,302 (2007)

Oil - production 196 200 bbl/day (2001) 603 bbl/day (2001)
Oil - consumption 460000 bbl/day (2001)

94 000 bbl/day (2001)

Oil – reserve

7.84 million bbl (2002)

8.1 million bbl (2001)
Natural gas - production 1.8 billion m3 (2001)

4 million m3 (2002)

Natural gas - consumption 1.8 billion m3 (2001) 5.804 billion m3 (2002)
Natural gas - consumption 14.16 billion м3 (2002) 3.724 billion м3 (2002)
Export $41.97 billion (2004)

$18.0 billion (2007)

Import $39.42 billion (2004)

Import: $29.1 billion (2007)

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