Capital: Lima ; GDP growth (annual %) 2016 : 3.9%
Key Facts

Full name: Republic of Peru
Population: 29.4 million (UN, 2011)
Area: 1.28 million sq km (496,225 sq miles)
Major languages: Spanish, Quechua, Aymara
Major religion: Christianity
Life expectancy: 72 years (men), 77 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 nuevo sol = 100 centimos
Main exports: Fish and fish products, copper, zinc, gold, crude petroleum and by-products, lead, coffee, sugar, cotton
GNI per capita: US $5,500 (World Bank, 2011)
Internet domain: .pe
International dialling code: +51

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    There has been a 20-fold increase in the number of global climate change laws since 1997, according to the most comprehensive database of relevant policy and legislation.

    The database, produced by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the Sabin Center on Climate Change Law, includes more than 1,200 relevant policies across 164 countries, which account for 95% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Peru Year in Review 2016


    The year 2016 brought both political and economic changes in Peru, with a new government moving quickly to roll out strategic measures aimed at tackling long-standing problems and returning the country to higher levels of increase.

    Following his election in June, Peru’s new president, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, pledged to lift GDP increase to 5% by 2018.

    Bridging infrastructure gaps and addressing the perennial problem of the informal economy were high on the schedule, with a series of 112 measures announced to steer the government’s policy schedule forward.

  • Latin America Economy Renewed confidence in Latin America’s brightest economy


    The PPK cabinet has been working diligently to modernize the country and replace business confidence, while unlocking investments and infrastructure megaprojects in a bid to boost the country’s economy

  • Peru Year in Review 2014


    Although Peru’s economy lost some of its sparkle over the course of 2014, the slowdown appears to be under control, with the government enacting sizeable fiscal stimulus packages to position the country for recovery in 2015.

  • Peru's banks set to bounce back from 2013 blip


    Although still impressive by Latin American standards, Peru's increase story of recent years suffered a slight setback in 2013. But with a construction industry ripe for take-off, foreign banks eyeing the country, a increase in loans and an increase in request for financial services from SMEs, 2014 looks full of promise.

  • The Latin American way new Trans-Pacific Partnership


    Cross-border trade bodies in the Americas have a variable record, with critics rounding on the likes of Mercosur or even the new Trans-Pacific Partnership. However, the Pacific Alliance – largely driven by the private sectors of Chile, Peru, Colombia and Mexico – appears to be showing how such bodies can work entirely.