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Hot countries Compared by Economy > Budget surplus > + or deficit > -

DEFINITION: This entry records the difference between national government revenues and expenditures, expressed as a percent of GDP. A positive (+) number indicates that revenues exceeded expenditures (a budget surplus), while a negative (-) number indicates the reverse (a budget deficit). Normalizing the data, by dividing the budget balance by GDP, enables easy comparisons across countries and indicates whether a national government saves or borrows money. Countries with high budget deficits (relative to their GDPs) generally have more difficulty raising funds to finance expenditures, than those with lower deficits.

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH HISTORY
1 Kuwait 31.7% of GDP 2012
2 Libya 27.7% of GDP 2012
3 Macau 25.6% of GDP 2012
4 Qatar 14.4% of GDP 2012
5 Brunei 13.4% of GDP 2012
6 Saudi Arabia 13.1% of GDP 2012
7 Iraq 7% of GDP 2012
8 Angola 6.2% of GDP 2012
9 Hong Kong 3.1% of GDP 2012
10 Mauritania 2.9% of GDP 2012
11 Brazil 2.4% of GDP 2012
12 Seychelles 2.2% of GDP 2012
13 Singapore 2.1% of GDP 2012
=14 Gabon 2% of GDP 2012
=14 Solomon Islands 2% of GDP 2012
16 Bolivia 1.8% of GDP 2012
17 Comoros 1.5% of GDP 2012
18 Cook Islands 1% of GDP 2006
19 Botswana 0.8% of GDP 2012
20 Colombia 0.5% of GDP 2012
21 Marshall Islands 0.4% of GDP 2009
22 Swaziland 0.3% of GDP 2012
=23 Belize 0.0 2012
=23 Tonga 0.0 2012
25 Nicaragua -0.2% of GDP 2012
26 Oman -0.3% of GDP 2012
27 Benin -0.5% of GDP 2012
28 Antigua and Barbuda -0.8% of GDP 2012
29 Equatorial Guinea -0.9% of GDP 2012
30 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines -1% of GDP 2012
=31 Ecuador -1.1% of GDP 2012
=31 Trinidad and Tobago -1.1% of GDP 2012
33 Mali -1.2% of GDP 2012
34 Laos -1.4% of GDP 2012
35 Papua New Guinea -1.6% of GDP 2012
=36 Madagascar -1.7% of GDP 2012
=36 Fiji -1.7% of GDP 2012
=36 Paraguay -1.7% of GDP 2012
=39 Mauritius -1.8% of GDP 2012
=39 Chad -1.8% of GDP 2012
=41 Indonesia -2.1% of GDP 2012
=41 Panama -2.1% of GDP 2012
=41 Nigeria -2.1% of GDP 2012
=44 Bahrain -2.3% of GDP 2012
=44 Philippines -2.3% of GDP 2012
=44 New Caledonia -2.3% of GDP 2001
=47 Suriname -2.4% of GDP 2010
=47 Guatemala -2.4% of GDP 2012
=49 Bermuda -2.5% of GDP 2012
=49 Democratic Republic of the Congo -2.5% of GDP 2012
=51 Ethiopia -2.7% of GDP 2012
=51 Liberia -2.7% of GDP 2012
=51 Mexico -2.7% of GDP 2012
=51 Niger -2.7% of GDP 2012
=55 Saint Lucia -2.8% of GDP 2011
=55 Djibouti -2.8% of GDP 2012
=57 Cambodia -2.9% of GDP 2012
=57 Uganda -2.9% of GDP 2012
59 Guinea-Bissau -3% of GDP 2012
60 Burkina Faso -3.2% of GDP 2012
=61 Guinea -3.4% of GDP 2012
=61 Australia -3.4% of GDP 2012
=63 El Salvador -3.5% of GDP 2012
=63 Cote d'Ivoire -3.5% of GDP 2012
65 Cameroon -3.6% of GDP 2012
=66 Cuba -3.7% of GDP 2012
=66 Togo -3.7% of GDP 2012
68 Tuvalu -3.8% of GDP 2006
=69 Tanzania -4.1% of GDP 2012
=69 Burma -4.1% of GDP 2012
=71 Jamaica -4.2% of GDP 2012
=71 Vietnam -4.2% of GDP 2012
=71 Mozambique -4.2% of GDP 2012
74 Thailand -4.4% of GDP 2012
=75 Malaysia -4.5% of GDP 2012
=75 Costa Rica -4.5% of GDP 2012
=75 Samoa -4.5% of GDP 2012
=78 Bangladesh -4.7% of GDP 2012
=78 Algeria -4.7% of GDP 2012
80 Zambia -4.9% of GDP 2012
=81 Anguilla -5% of GDP 2012
=81 India -5% of GDP 2012
=81 Guyana -5% of GDP 2012
84 Kenya -5.1% of GDP 2012
85 Grenada -5.2% of GDP 2009
86 Sierra Leone -5.3% of GDP 2012
87 Senegal -5.9% of GDP 2012
=88 Haiti -6% of GDP 2012
=88 Honduras -6% of GDP 2012
90 The Bahamas -6.2% of GDP 2012
91 Sri Lanka -6.5% of GDP 2012
=92 Dominican Republic -6.6% of GDP 2012
=92 Pakistan -6.6% of GDP 2012
94 Yemen -7.2% of GDP 2012
95 Malawi -7.9% of GDP 2012
96 Barbados -8.1% of GDP 2012
97 Sudan -8.6% of GDP 2012
98 Egypt -10.9% of GDP 2012
99 Cape Verde -12.1% of GDP 2012
100 Ghana -12.2% of GDP 2012
101 Dominica -12.4% of GDP 2012
=102 Niue -12.6% of GDP 2005
=102 Eritrea -12.6% of GDP 2012
104 Maldives -13.4% of GDP 2012
105 Venezuela -14.8% of GDP 2012
106 Kiribati -29.9% of GDP 2010

Citation

"Countries Compared by Economy > Budget surplus > + or deficit > -. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", CIA World Factbooks 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/group-stats/Hot-countries/Economy/Budget-surplus/+-or-deficit/--

Hot countries Compared by Economy > Budget surplus > + or deficit > -

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Interesting observations about Economy > Budget surplus > + or deficit > -

  • 98 of the top 189 countries by budget surplus > + or deficit > - are Christian.
  • 2 of the top 4 countries by budget surplus > + or deficit > - are Tourist destination.
  • Kuwait has ranked in the top 3 for budget surplus > + or deficit > - since 2010.
  • Macau has ranked in the top 3 for budget surplus > + or deficit > - since 2010.
  • Qatar has ranked in the top 4 for budget surplus > + or deficit > - since 2010.
  • Brazil ranked first for budget surplus > + or deficit > - amongst Emerging markets in 2012.
  • 21 of the bottom 37 countries by budget surplus > + or deficit > - are Heavily indebted.
  • San Marino has ranked in the top 4 for budget surplus > + or deficit > - since 2009.
  • 25 of the top 89 countries by budget surplus > + or deficit > - are Landlocked.
  • Norway has ranked in the top 5 for budget surplus > + or deficit > - since 2010.
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