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Sub-Saharan 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 Angola 6.2% of GDP 2012
2 Lesotho 5% of GDP 2012
3 Mauritania 2.9% of GDP 2012
4 Seychelles 2.2% of GDP 2012
5 Gabon 2% of GDP 2012
6 Comoros 1.5% of GDP 2012
7 Botswana 0.8% of GDP 2012
8 Swaziland 0.3% of GDP 2012
9 Benin -0.5% of GDP 2012
10 Central African Republic -0.7% of GDP 2012
11 Equatorial Guinea -0.9% of GDP 2012
12 Rwanda -1.1% of GDP 2012
13 Mali -1.2% of GDP 2012
14 Madagascar -1.7% of GDP 2012
=15 Mauritius -1.8% of GDP 2012
=15 Chad -1.8% of GDP 2012
17 Nigeria -2.1% of GDP 2012
18 Democratic Republic of the Congo -2.5% of GDP 2012
=19 Niger -2.7% of GDP 2012
=19 Ethiopia -2.7% of GDP 2012
=19 Liberia -2.7% of GDP 2012
=22 Namibia -2.8% of GDP 2012
=22 Djibouti -2.8% of GDP 2012
24 Uganda -2.9% of GDP 2012
25 Guinea-Bissau -3% of GDP 2012
26 Burkina Faso -3.2% of GDP 2012
27 Guinea -3.4% of GDP 2012
28 Cote d'Ivoire -3.5% of GDP 2012
29 Cameroon -3.6% of GDP 2012
30 Togo -3.7% of GDP 2012
31 Burundi -3.8% of GDP 2012
32 Tanzania -4.1% of GDP 2012
33 Mozambique -4.2% of GDP 2012
34 The Gambia -4.5% of GDP 2012
35 South Africa -4.8% of GDP 2012
36 Zambia -4.9% of GDP 2012
37 Kenya -5.1% of GDP 2012
38 Sierra Leone -5.3% of GDP 2012
39 Senegal -5.9% of GDP 2012
40 Malawi -7.9% of GDP 2012
41 Sudan -8.6% of GDP 2012
42 Sao Tome and Principe -10.9% of GDP 2012
43 Cape Verde -12.1% of GDP 2012
44 Ghana -12.2% of GDP 2012
45 Eritrea -12.6% 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/Sub--Saharan-Africa/Economy/Budget-surplus/+-or-deficit/--

Sub-Saharan 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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