Business, Finance & Industry
, Country Statistics
, Low & Middle Income Countries
CIA World Factbook 2010
This list is based on gross national product purchasing power parity GDP(PPP). Purchasing power parity is a method of measuring the relative purchasing power of different countries currencies over the same types of goods and services. Because goods and services may cost more in one country than in another, PPP allows statisticians to make more accurate comparisons of standards of living across different countries. Figures are in US dollars fo4r the year 2009.
Please note: different sources often have different information or different rankings of the Top 5 Poorest Countries (The IMF, World Bank and the CIA Factbook all released figures on this subject). This list is based on information gained from the CIA Factbook and is calculated according to their method of showing GDP on a purchasing power parity basis divided by population as of 1 July for the same year.