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Heavily indebted countries Compared by Economy > Public debt

DEFINITION: This entry records the cumulatiive total of all government borrowings less repayments that are denominated in a country's home currency. Public debt should not be confused with external debt, which reflects the foreign currency liabilities of both the private and public sector and must be financed out of foreign exchange earnings.

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH HISTORY
1 Zimbabwe 244.2% of GDP 2012
2 Japan 219.1% of GDP 2012
3 Greece 156.9% of GDP 2012
4 Saint Kitts and Nevis 144% of GDP 2012
5 Jamaica 132.9% of GDP 2012
6 Iceland 131.8% of GDP 2012
7 Italy 126.9% of GDP 2012
8 Eritrea 125.8% of GDP 2012
9 Portugal 123.6% of GDP 2012
10 Lebanon 119.6% of GDP 2012
11 Ireland 117.6% of GDP 2012
12 Singapore 111.4% of GDP 2012
13 Grenada 110% of GDP 2012
14 Sudan 101.7% of GDP 2012
15 Belgium 99.6% of GDP 2012
16 Puerto Rico 93.2% of GDP 2012
17 France 90.3% of GDP 2012
18 Antigua and Barbuda 89% of GDP 2012
19 United Kingdom 88.7% of GDP 2012
20 Egypt 88% of GDP 2012
21 Cape Verde 86.2% of GDP 2012
22 Cyprus 85.8% of GDP 2012
23 Barbados 85.6% of GDP 2012
24 Canada 85.4% of GDP 2012
25 Belize 84.6% of GDP 2012
26 Spain 84.1% of GDP 2012
27 Germany 81% of GDP 2012
28 Hungary 79.3% of GDP 2012
29 Sri Lanka 79.1% of GDP 2012
30 Saint Lucia 77% of GDP 2012
=31 Jordan 75.5% of GDP 2012
=31 Sao Tome and Principe 75.5% of GDP 2012
33 Austria 74.1% of GDP 2012
34 Malta 71.3% of GDP 2012
35 Morocco 71.2% of GDP 2012
36 Netherlands 71.1% of GDP 2012
=37 United States 70% of GDP 2012
=37 Dominica 70% of GDP 2012
39 Seychelles 68.4% of GDP 2012
40 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 68% of GDP 2011
41 Israel 66.9% of GDP 2012
42 Malawi 62.7% of GDP 2012
43 Serbia 62% of GDP 2012

Citation

"Countries Compared by Economy > Public debt. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/group-stats/Heavily-indebted-countries/Economy/Public-debt

Heavily indebted countries Compared by Economy > Public debt

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Interesting observations about Economy > Public debt

  • 7 of the top 9 countries by public debt are Christian.
  • Liberia has ranked last for public debt since 2011.
  • Zimbabwe has ranked in the top 2 for public debt since 2007.
  • Japan has ranked in the top 2 for public debt since 2009.
  • 5 of the top 11 countries by public debt are European.
  • 4 of the top 9 countries by public debt are NATO.
  • Greece has ranked #3 in public debt since 2010.
  • 11 of the top 28 countries by public debt are European Union.
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis has ranked in the top 4 for public debt since 2009.
  • Jamaica has ranked in the top 8 for public debt since 2003.
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