Visualizing Commodity Dependence

The Economist posted a cool, interactive graphic showing which countries are strongly dependent on commodities.  Here is a screenshot of the map. Definitely click on the real thing though so you can see the map more clearly and change which commodity you want to focus on.

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In terms of overall commodities, it looks like Equatorial Guinea has the highest level of net exports per GDP of any country in the world at 75.8% (followed by the Republic of Congo at 58.6% and Angola at 53.8%).  Greenland is the most “balanced” country in terms of not being a net exporter or importer of commodities.  Somalia is by far the biggest net importer, at least as a percentage of GDP (37.5%).

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