Imports$327 million (2011 est.)
Exports$103.9 million (2011 est.)
Inflation rate (consumer prices)4.8% (2011 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP)$2,000 (2011 est.)
National product real growth rate5% (2010 est.)
Internet users130,100 (2009)
Telephones - mobile cellular1.478 million (2009)
Population growth rate2.344% (2012 est.)
Population1,840,454 (July 2012 est.)
About this country
The Gambia gained its independence from the UK in 1965.
Geographically surrounded by Senegal, it formed a short-lived federation of Senegambia between 1982 and 1989.
In 1991 the two nations signed a friendship and cooperation treaty, but tensions have flared up intermittently since then....
The Gambia has sparse natural resource deposits and a limited agricultural base, and relies in part on remittances from workers overseas and tourist receipts.
About three-quarters of the population depends on the agricultural sector for its livelihood.
Small-scale manufacturing activity features the processing of peanuts, fish, and hides....
Dependence on agriculture leaves Gambia vulnerable to weather and global trade conditions. Drought in 2011 led to a sharp fall in GDP, but an ongoing recovery in crop production is expected to lift GDP ...
The Economist Intelligence Unit
Outlook for 2014-15 The president, Yahya Jammeh, and the ruling Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction are expected to retain a firm grip on power in 2014-15 through a combination of patronage ...
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