Forbes: The Leone Among The Top Ten Weakest Currencies In The World

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Sierra Leonean Leone is among the top ten weakest currencies in the world, according to Forbes. With a high inflation rate of 43% in 2023, compared to 14.9% in 2018, the current depreciation rate of the Leone is 190%, making it one of the worst-performing currencies in the world.

In this blog post, we will explore the top 10 weakest currencies worldwide according to a list curated by Forbes.

Here are the top ten weakest currencies in the world:

Iranian Rial (IRR)

The Iranian rial holds the position of the weakest currency globally, with 1 rial equivalent to just 0.000024 US dollars. Iran, a major exporter of oil and natural gas, has faced economic sanctions, political unrest, and high inflation, resulting in the devaluation of its currency.

Vietnamese Dong (VND)

The Vietnamese dong follows closely as the second weakest currency, with 1 dong purchasing only 0.000042 US dollars. Vietnam’s currency has been affected by restrictions on foreign investment, a slowdown in exports, and rising interest rates in the US.

Laotian Kip (LAK)

Ranking third among the weakest currencies, 1 Laotian Kip buys 0.000052 dollars. Laos heavily relies on exports such as copper, gold, and timber, but has faced challenges including sluggish economic growth, rising foreign debt, and high inflation.

Sierra Leonean Leone (SLL)

The Sierra Leonean leone is the fourth weakest currency, with 1 US dollar equivalent to 19,874.0000 Leones. Sierra Leone has experienced inflation, significant debt, and a slowdown in economic growth.

Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)

The Indonesian rupiah holds the fifth position among the weakest currencies, with 1 rupiah purchasing 0.000067 US dollars. Despite being the largest Southeast Asian country by GDP and rich in commodities, Indonesia has faced high inflation and concerns about a potential recession.

Lebanese Pound (LBP)

Ranking sixth in terms of weakness, 1 Lebanese pound is equivalent to 0.000067 US dollars. Lebanon’s currency has plummeted due to a depressed economy, high inflation, unemployment, a banking crisis, and political unrest.

Uzbekistani Som (UZS)

The Uzbekistani som is the seventh weakest currency, with 1 som buying 0.000087 US dollars. Uzbekistan, known for its cotton exports and mineral reserves, faces challenges such as low economic growth, high inflation, unemployment, and corruption.

Guinean Franc (GNF)

With 1 franc equal to 0.000116 dollars, the Guinean franc occupies the eighth position among the weakest currencies.

Paraguayan Guarani (PYG)

The Paraguayan guarani ranks as the ninth weakest currency, with 1 guarani purchasing 0.000138 US dollars. Paraguay, a leading producer of agricultural goods, faces challenges including inflation, corruption, and counterfeit currency.

Ugandan Shilling (UGX)

Closing the list, 1 Ugandan shilling equals 0.000273 US dollars. Uganda, rich in commodities like oil, gold, and coffee, confronts unstable economic growth, high debt, and political unrest, affecting the value of its currency.

Conclusion: The strength or weakness of a currency depends on a complex interplay of economic, political, and social factors. The top 10 weakest currencies highlighted in this blog post face challenges that impact their value and purchasing power. Understanding these dynamics helps in assessing global economic conditions and their potential implications.

Author: Abu Bakarr Jalloh

Abu Bakarr Jalloh is a Sierra Leonean content writer, author, Neo Pan-African and founder of The African Dream, an online platform for inspiring, positive and compelling African stories. Contact: WhatsApp: +23276211583

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