Economy of South America

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Economy of South America
Population 358,941,000 (2010)[N 1][N 2]
GDP nominal: US$3.205 trillion (2010)[N 1][N 2]
PPP: $3.990 trillion (2010)[N 1][N 2]
GDP growth
Per capita: 5.5% (2008)[N 3][N 2][N 4]
GDP per capita
nominal: US$8,929 (2010)[N 1][N 2]
PPP: US$11,115 (2010)[N 1][N 2]
400,000 (0.07%)[N 5]
Unemployment 9% (2002)[N 5]
Top 10% income
44.37%[N 5]

All values, unless otherwise stated, are in US dollars.

The economy of South America comprises around 382 million people living in twelve nations and three territories. It contributes 6 percent of the world's population.

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Main products include: Coffee, soybeans, wheat, rice, corn, sugarcane, cocoa, citrus, beef, bananas and shrimp are also important agricultural products for many countries.


Chile alone contributes about a third of the world copper production. Brazil is the world’s leading producer of niobium and tantalum, and Peru is the largest silver producer and the second-ranked producer of bismuth and copper. [1]

Economy by country[edit]

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