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Canada-Saudi Arabia fact sheet

Official Title:
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

General Information

Capital: Riyadh (Ar-Riyad)
Population (million): 35.46
Total Area: 2,149,690km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 2.84 Riyal (SAR) (2021- Annual average)
National Holiday: 23 September, National Day
Language(s): Arabic, English

Political Information

Type of State:
Absolute monarchy

Type of Government:
Cabinet of Ministers appointed by the King. The Crown Prince is also the Prime Minister.

Head of State:
King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

Head of Government:
King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

Ministers:
Crown Prince: Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Foreign Affairs: Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud
Defense: Khalid bin Salman Al Saud
Finance: Mohammed Al-Jadaan

Main Political Parties:
Political parties are not permitted

Elections:
No federal elections.

Economic Information (2021)

Comparative figures
Type Saudi Arabia Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 1,055.48 2,517.75
GDP per capita: ($) 29,766.33 65,864.62
GDP growth rate: (%) 3.24 4.54
Inflation: (%) 3.06 3.4
Unemployment: (%) 6.65 7.43

Source: IMF (estimates)

Product Trade and Investment (2021)

Canadian exports to country: $2,188,675,601
Canadian imports from country: $2,394,387,906
FDI in Canada: n/a
CDI in the country: n/a

Source: Statistics Canada

Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
Chargé d’affaires, His Excellency Abdulaziz Mohammed H. Albadi

Canadian Representation Abroad:
Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Martin Charron

Please note that all statistics reflect Canadian dollars, with some figures reflecting the yearly averages for the year. If listed as ’0’ or absent, the figure is unavailable.

Bilateral Product trade
Canada - Saudi Arabia
Year Exports Imports
2017 $1,453,152,679 $2,662,254,340
2018 $1,884,937,733 $3,803,122,981
2019 $2,818,145,159 $3,284,816,972
2020 $1,561,132,637 $1,512,262,890
2021 $2,188,675,601 $2,394,387,906
21 HS Sections (2021)
Canada - Saudi Arabia
Section Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $17,520,573 $1,377,415
02 Veg. Prod. $30,615,472 $4,547,108
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $4,908,060 $23,576
04 Food Prod. $23,699,365 $2,481,415
05 Mineral Prod. $584,402 $2,211,632,575
06 Chemical Prod. $57,670,060 $15,591,263
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $8,422,915 $31,430,532
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $343,326 $1,569
09 Wood Prod. $10,340,590 $25,367
10 Paper Prod. $5,685,596 $7,870,000
11 Textiles Prod. $1,899,426 $3,843,594
12 Dress Access. $393,558 $1,413
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $1,250,132 $3,485,187
14 Precious Metals/stones $343,793 $4,144,650
15 Base Metal Prod. $18,915,586 $107,021,548
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $130,991,164 $539,022
17 Vehicles and Equip. $1,796,915,098 $50,316
18 Specialized Inst. $42,584,381 $94,633
19 Arms & Ammunition $10,435,698 -
20 Misc. Articles $10,589,164 $216,350
21 Antiques - $3,543


November 2022
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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