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THE WORLD´S 50 LEAST DEVELOPED COUNTRIES AT A GLANCE

UNCTAD/PRESS/PR/2004
27 May 2004

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ANNEX

Tables(1) and figures

MAP OF THE 50 LEAST DEVELOPED COUNTRIES



Selected Socioeconomic Indicators On The Least Developed Countries

  Population (millions) GDP per capita  (US$ current) Share of total labour force in agriculture (%) Adult literacy rate (%) Infant mortality rate
 (per 1,000 live births)
Average life expectancy at birth (years) Estimated number of people (aged 0-49 years)
 living with HIV/AIDS (thousands)
2002 2002 2002 2000  2000-05 2000-05 end 2001
Afghanistan            22.9 .. 66 36 162 43 ..
Angola                 13.2 863 71 42 140 40 350
Bangladesh             143.8 329 54 40 64 61 13
Benin                  6.6 410 52 37 93 51 120
Bhutan                 0.9 698 94 47 54 63 0c
Burkina Faso           12.6 225 92 24 93 46 440
Burundi                6.6 109 90 48 107 41 390
Cambodia               13.8 266 69 68 73 57 170
Cape Verde             0.5 1,390 22 74 30 70 ..
Central African Republic  3.8 282 71 47 100 40 250
Chad                   8.3 232 73 43 115 45 150
Comoros                0.7 343 73 56 67 61 ..
Dem. Rep. of the Congo                 51.2 111 62 61 120 42 1,300
Djibouti               0.7 861 78 65 102 46 ..
Equatorial Guinea      0.5 4,517 69 83 101 49 6
Eritrea                4   146 77 56 73 53 55
Ethiopia               69 87 82 39 100 45 2,100
Gambia                 1.4 280 78 37 81 54 8
Guinea                 8.4 380 83 41 102 49 ..
Guinea-Bissau          1.4 149 82 38 120 45 17
Haiti                  8.2 437 61 50 63 50 250
Kiribati               0.1 512 26 .. .. .. ..
Lao People’s Dem. Rep. 5.5 304 76 65 88 54 1
Lesotho                1.8 405 39 83 92 35 360
Liberia                3.2 174 67 54 147 41 ..
Madagascar             16.9 267 73 66 91 54 22
Malawi                 11.9 158 82 61 115 38 850
Maldives               0.3 2,000 21 97 38 67 0c
Mali                   12.6 251 80 26 119 49 110
Mauritania             2.8 350 52 40 97 52 ..
Mozambique             18.5 211 81 44 122 38 1,100
Myanmar                48.9 .. 70 85 83 57 ..
Nepal                  24.6 223 93 42 71 60 58
Niger                  11.5 188 87 16 126 46 ..
Rwanda                 8.3 210 90 67 112 39 500
Samoa                  0.2 1,482 33 99 26 70 ..
Sao Tome and Principe    0.2 321 63 .. 32 70 ..
Senegal 9.9 501 73 37 61 53 27
Sierra Leone           4.8 166 61 36 177 34 170
Solomon Islands        0.5 517 72 .. 21 69 ..
Somalia                9.5 .. 70 24 118 48 43
Sudan                  32.9 410 59 58 77 56 450
Timor-Leste 0.8 548a 81 43a 80a 57a ..
Togo                   4.8 288 59 57 81 50 150
Tuvalu                 0.0b .. 25 .. .. ..
Uganda                 25 235 79 67 86 46 600
United Rep. of Tanzania   36.3 259 80 75 100 43 1,500
Vanuatu                0.2 1,133 35 .. 29 69 ..
Yemen                  19.3 538 48 46 71 60 10
Zambia                 10.7 344 68 78 105 32 1,200
Least developed countries 699.6 281 69 52 97 50 13,348
All developing countries  5,018.5 1,195 54 74 61 63 37,476

Source: UNCTAD The Least Developed Countries Report 2004
a Date for 2001. b Population 10,466. c <100




Endnotes

1. The Least Developed Countries Report 2004 - Linking International Trade with Poverty Reduction (Sales No. E.04.II.D.27, ISBN 92-1-112581-2) is available for US$40, and at a special price of US$18 in developing countries and countries in transition, from United Nations Publications, Two UN Plaza, Room DC2-853, Dept. PRES, New York, NY 10017, USA, tel: +1 800 253 9646 or +1 212 963 8302, fax: +1 212 963 3489, publications@un.org, or Section des Ventes et de la Commercialisation, Bureau E-4, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland, tel: +41 22 917 2614, fax: +41 22 917 0027, unpubli@unog.ch or www.un.org/publications.





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