Imports$23.08 billion (2011 est.)
Exports$107 billion (2011 est.)
Inflation rate (consumer prices)1.9% (2011 est.)
Unemployment rate0.4% (2011 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP)$104,300 (2011 est.)
National product real growth rate19.4% (2010 est.)
Internet users563,800 (2009)
Telephones - mobile cellular2.329 million (2009)
Population growth rate4.93% (2012 est.)
Population1,951,591 (July 2012 est.)
About this country
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Ruled by the Al Thani family since the mid-1800s, Qatar transformed itself from a poor British protectorate noted mainly for pearling into an independent state with significant oil and natural gas revenues.
During the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Qatari economy was crippled by a continuous siphoning off of petroleum revenues by the Amir, who had ruled the country since 1972.
His son, the current Amir HAMAD bin Khalifa Al Thani, overthrew him in a bloodless coup in 1995....
Despite the global financial crisis, Qatar has prospered in the last several years - in 2010 Qatar had the world's highest growth rate.
Qatari authorities throughout the crisis sought to protect the local banking sector with direct investments into domestic banks.
GDP rebounded in 2010 largely due to the increase in oil prices....
The Economist Intelligence Unit
Qatar will remain stable in 2015-19 under the rule of the youthful emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. Vocal opposition to the government will remain minimal as Qataris continue to benefit from the ...
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