Top 10 Weakest Currencies of the World – Updated August 2017

Every day we hear the people comparing the currency of their country with US Dollar and expressing their concern on the weak value of their currency. Let us discuss several weakest currencies of the world as compared with US Dollar as a standard currency. The list of weakest currencies in the world is updated in the month of August 2017.  We will try to keep it updated on monthly basis. Exchange rates have been taken from Google. However, you may find differences between currency rates. The reason is that these currencies are very volatile. We have also tried to explain the possible reason of weakening of currencies of any country. In a previous article, we have discussed the Top 10 Strongest Currencies of the World.

Iranian Riyal: Iran has the weakest currency rate in the world as compared with US Dollar. Iranian Riyal is shortly written as IRR and the highest denomination currency note of Iranian Riyal is 100,000 which is equivalent to 3.05 USD. These days one US Dollar is equal to 32,745 Iran Riyals. People of other countries think that they are having a weak currency rate because one US Dollar equals tens or hundreds of their currency notes but Iranians are top on the list of weakest currency as US Dollar equals to thousands of their currency notes. The sanctions imposed on Iran have damaged its economic condition they are also the major reason of downfall of Iran Currency as well.

São Tomé & Príncipe Dobra: Dobra ranks at number 2 among the weakest currencies of the world. It is the currency of Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe, shortly written as STD. One US Dollar is equal to 22,802 STD.  The economy is based on imports. The highest denomination currency note of Dobra is 100,000 which is equivalent to 4.81 USD.

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Vietnam Dong: Dong ranks at number 3 among the weakest currencies of the world. Almost every one of the generation living in their 30’s knows well about the famous war of Vietnam. That war was a defeat for the super powers but it ruined the economy of Vietnam at large.  Now 1 US Dollar equals 22,730 Dongs.  The situation gets much interesting when it is discussed with a resident of Vietnam and instead of being worried about the downfall of currency a unique comparison is made. The argument is that a good breakfast costs 30,000 VND on an average and when converted this cost is less than 2 Dollars and again, 2 Dollar is not enough money even to buy a Muffin in the USA. The highest denomination currency note of Dong is 500,000 which is equivalent to 22.00 USD.

Indonesian Rupiah: Rupiah ranks at number 4 among the weakest currencies of the world. The currency of Indonesia is Indonesian rupiah which is denoted as Rp. It is the third weakest currency of the world. One unit of US Dollar is equal to 13,313 Rp. State authorities have been trying their best for the stabilization of their currency but various International Financial Crisis played a vital role and the currency is still in the travel of stabilization. The highest denomination currency note of Indonesian Rupiah is 100,000 which is equivalent to 7.51 USD.

Laotian Kip: Kip ranks at number 5 among the weakest currencies of the world. Kip is the official currency of Laos from 1952. It is also among the less rated currencies in the world. Currently, 8,281 units of this currency are required to replace one unit of US Dollar. Inflation and the Financial Crisis that occurred in Asia in 1997 are the main reasons for the decline of the country’s economy. The highest denomination currency note of Laotian Kip is 100,000 which is equivalent to 12.08 USD.

Guinean Franc: Franc ranks at number 6 among the weakest currencies of the world. The currency of the Republic of Guinea cannot be missed while recording the weakest currencies of the world. 1 US Dollar equals 8,997 Guinean Francs. Guinea got independence from France in the year 1958 and from that day onwards the country is facing political instability and corruption otherwise a country like Guinea that has a lot of valuable minerals shall be a hot target for international investment. If a politically stable government existed in the country the economy will surely rise. The highest denomination currency note of Guinean Franc is 10,000 which is equivalent to 1.11 USD.

Paraguayan Guarani: Guarani ranks at number 8 among the weakest currencies of the world. Guarani is the currency of the Republic of Paraguay. 5,557 units of Guarani equal One US Dollar. Inflation, a large and mostly uncontrollable black market, and trademark of Corruption are the main causes of this much decline of the economy. The highest denomination currency note of Paraguayan Guarani is 100,000 which is equivalent to 17.99 USD.

Sierra Leonean Leone: Leone ranks at number 9 among the weakest currencies of the world. The official currency of Sierra Leone is Leone, one of the weakest currencies. 1$ is equal to 7,575 Leones. The long civil war is the main cause of the decline of the economy. It is a great loss that cannot be repaired by the money received in exchange of export of diamonds. The highest denomination currency note of Sierra Leonean Leone is 10,000 which is equivalent to 1.32 USD.

Cambodian Riel: Riel ranks at number 10 among the weakest currencies of the world. The Kingdom of Cambodia is having its official currency as Riel. It is also a trademark of the weakest currency of present time as well as of past. One US Dollar is equal to 4,083 Riel. Cambodia is one of the countries highly affected by corruption. Corruption has ruined important institutions of state such as Judiciary and Police. Obtaining a license for a new business or dealing with violations alleged by police and getting a verdict from the court, everything needs under table money or undue influence. These are the root causes who damaged the economy. The highest denomination currency note of Cambodian Riel is 100,000 which is equivalent to 24.49 USD.

Malagasy Ariary: The Malagasy Ariary is the official currency of Madagascar. The Malagasy Ariary was introduced in the year 2005. It is a very weak currency as you can exchange 2,945 Malagasy Ariary with 1 USD. The highest denomination currency note of The Malagasy Ariary is 10,000 The Malagasy Ariary which is equivalent to 3.40 USD.

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Ugandan Shilling: Shilling ranks at number 11 among the weakest currencies of the world. The currency of the Republic of Uganda is shilling. It is one of the weakest currencies of the world. One US Dollar equals 3,617 shillings approximately. Uganda’s economy is mainly based on imports of Coffee and Tea. Despite many obstacles and regional wars, Uganda’s economy is a growing economy and the economic situation is getting better. The highest denomination currency note of Ugandan Shilling is 50,000 which is equivalent to 13.82 USD.

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