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Middle Eastern and North Africa 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 Qatar 14.4% of GDP 2012
4 Saudi Arabia 13.1% of GDP 2012
5 United Arab Emirates 7.2% of GDP 2012
6 Iraq 7% of GDP 2012
7 Oman -0.3% of GDP 2012
8 Bahrain -2.3% of GDP 2012
9 Iran -2.4% of GDP 2012
10 Tunisia -2.7% of GDP 2012
11 Israel -4% of GDP 2012
12 Algeria -4.7% of GDP 2012
13 Yemen -7.2% of GDP 2012
14 Morocco -8.4% of GDP 2012
15 Lebanon -9.6% of GDP 2012
16 Jordan -9.8% of GDP 2012
17 Egypt -10.9% of GDP 2012
18 Syria -11.4% of GDP 2012

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/Middle-Eastern-and-North-Africa/Economy/Budget-surplus/+-or-deficit/--

Middle Eastern and North Africa 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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