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Economy > Public debt: Countries Compared

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 ZimbabweZimbabwe 244.2% of GDP 2012
2 JapanJapan 219.1% of GDP 2012
3 GreeceGreece 156.9% of GDP 2012
4 Saint Kitts and NevisSt Kitts+ 144% of GDP 2012
5 JamaicaJamaica 132.9% of GDP 2012
6 IcelandIceland 131.8% of GDP 2012
7 ItalyItaly 126.9% of GDP 2012
8 EritreaEritrea 125.8% of GDP 2012
9 PortugalPortugal 123.6% of GDP 2012
10 LebanonLebanon 119.6% of GDP 2012
11 IrelandIreland 117.6% of GDP 2012
12 SingaporeSingapore 111.4% of GDP 2012
13 GrenadaGrenada 110% of GDP 2012
Group of 7 countries (G7) averageGroup of 7 countries (G7) average 108.77% of GDP 2012
14 SudanSudan 101.7% of GDP 2012
15 BelgiumBelgium 99.6% of GDP 2012
Heavily indebted countries averageHeavily indebted countries average 99.55% of GDP 2012
16 Puerto RicoPuerto Rico 93.2% of GDP 2012
17 FranceFrance 90.3% of GDP 2012
18 Antigua and BarbudaAntigua+ 89% of GDP 2012
19 United KingdomUnited Kingdom 88.7% of GDP 2012
20 EgyptEgypt 88% of GDP 2012
21 Cape VerdeCape Verde 86.2% of GDP 2012
22 CyprusCyprus 85.8% of GDP 2012
23 BarbadosBarbados 85.6% of GDP 2012
24 CanadaCanada 85.4% of GDP 2012
25 BelizeBelize 84.6% of GDP 2012
26 SpainSpain 84.1% of GDP 2012
27 GermanyGermany 81% of GDP 2012
28 HungaryHungary 79.3% of GDP 2012
29 Sri LankaSri Lanka 79.1% of GDP 2012
Eurozone averageEurozone average 77.91% of GDP 2012
30 Saint LuciaSaint Lucia 77% of GDP 2012
31 JordanJordan 75.5% of GDP 2012
32 Sao Tome and PrincipeSoa Tome+ 75.5% of GDP 2012
33 AustriaAustria 74.1% of GDP 2012
High income OECD countries averageHigh income OECD countries average 73.03% of GDP 2012
34 MaltaMalta 71.3% of GDP 2012
35 MoroccoMorocco 71.2% of GDP 2012
36 NetherlandsNetherlands 71.1% of GDP 2012
37 DominicaDominica 70% of GDP 2012
38 United StatesUnited States 70% of GDP 2012
39 SeychellesSeychelles 68.4% of GDP 2012
40 Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesSt Vincent+ 68% of GDP 2011
European Union averageEuropean Union average 67.79% of GDP 2012
41 IsraelIsrael 66.9% of GDP 2012
NATO countries averageNATO average 66.69% of GDP 2012
Former British colonies averageFormer British colonies average 64.47% of GDP 2012
Non-religious countries averageNon-religious countries average 63.02% of GDP 2012
42 MalawiMalawi 62.7% of GDP 2012
43 SerbiaSerbia 62% of GDP 2012
Potential Future EU Members averagePotential Future EU Members average 60.01% of GDP 2012
44 GuyanaGuyana 59.5% of GDP 2012
45 UruguayUruguay 59.4% of GDP 2012
46 El SalvadorEl Salvador 59.2% of GDP 2012
47 AlbaniaAlbania 58.8% of GDP 2012
48 BrazilBrazil 58.8% of GDP 2012
Europe averageEurope average 58.75% of GDP 2012
49 NicaraguaNicaragua 58.6% of GDP 2012
50 MauritiusMauritius 57.7% of GDP 2012
51 BahrainBahrain 54.2% of GDP 2012
52 CroatiaCroatia 53.7% of GDP 2012
53 FijiFiji 53.5% of GDP 2012
54 MalaysiaMalaysia 53.3% of GDP 2012
55 FinlandFinland 53.1% of GDP 2012
56 KenyaKenya 52.5% of GDP 2012
57 SyriaSyria 52.4% of GDP 2012
58 SwitzerlandSwitzerland 52.4% of GDP 2011
59 SlovakiaSlovakia 52.1% of GDP 2012
60 MontenegroMontenegro 52.1% of GDP 2012
61 PakistanPakistan 52.1% of GDP 2012
62 Costa RicaCosta Rica 51.9% of GDP 2012
63 IndiaIndia 51.7% of GDP 2012
64 PhilippinesPhilippines 51.5% of GDP 2012
65 BurundiBurundi 50.3% of GDP 2012
66 GhanaGhana 50% of GDP 2012
67 LaosLaos 49.1% of GDP 2012
68 PolandPoland 48.3% of GDP 2012
69 VietnamVietnam 48.1% of GDP 2012
70 Cote d'IvoireCote d'Ivoire 47.8% of GDP 2012
71 SloveniaSlovenia 47.6% of GDP 2012
72 ArubaAruba 46.3% of GDP 2005
73 TunisiaTunisia 46.1% of GDP 2012
74 ThailandThailand 45.7% of GDP 2012
75 Czech RepublicCzech Republic 45.7% of GDP 2012
76 DenmarkDenmark 45.6% of GDP 2012
South Asia averageSouth Asia average 45.02% of GDP 2012
77 ArgentinaArgentina 44.8% of GDP 2012
78 BhutanBhutan 44.1% of GDP 2012
79 Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia+ 43.8% of GDP 2012
Middle Eastern and North Africa averageMiddle Eastern and North Africa average 43.76% of GDP 2012
80 United Arab EmiratesUAE 42.6% of GDP 2012
81 South AfricaSouth Africa 42.3% of GDP 2012
82 MozambiqueMozambique 42.2% of GDP 2012
83 YemenYemen 41.8% of GDP 2012
84 TanzaniaTanzania 41.7% of GDP 2012
85 Serbia and MontenegroSerbia+ 41.5% of GDP 2010
86 Dominican RepublicDominican Rep. 41.5% of GDP 2012
87 ArmeniaArmenia 41.4% of GDP 2012
88 LithuaniaLithuania 41% of GDP 2012
Eastern Europe averageEastern Europe average 40.93% of GDP 2012
89 LatviaLatvia 40.7% of GDP 2012
90 ColombiaColombia 40.5% of GDP 2012
91 EthiopiaEthiopia 39.7% of GDP 2012
92 PanamaPanama 39.6% of GDP 2012
93 SenegalSenegal 38.8% of GDP 2012
Religious countries averageReligious countries average 38.29% of GDP 2012
94 SwedenSweden 38.2% of GDP 2012
95 New ZealandNew Zealand 38.1% of GDP 2012
96 Trinidad and TobagoTrinidad+ 37.9% of GDP 2012
97 Hong KongHong Kong 37.8% of GDP 2012
98 TurkeyTurkey 37.6% of GDP 2012
Emerging markets averageEmerging markets average 37.54% of GDP 2012
99 RomaniaRomania 37.2% of GDP 2012
100 UkraineUkraine 36.6% of GDP 2012
101 Sierra LeoneSierra Leone 36.5% of GDP 2012
102 GeorgiaGeorgia 36.3% of GDP 2012
Former Spanish colonies averageFormer Spanish colonies average 35.91% of GDP 2012
103 TaiwanTaiwan 35.8% of GDP 2012
104 MexicoMexico 35.8% of GDP 2012
105 CubaCuba 35.8% of GDP 2012
106 HondurasHonduras 35.8% of GDP 2012
107 South KoreaSouth Korea 35.1% of GDP 2012
108 Republic of MacedoniaMacedonia Rep. 34% of GDP 2012
109 BoliviaBolivia 34% of GDP 2012
110 QatarQatar 32.8% of GDP 2012
111 AustraliaAustralia 32.4% of GDP 2012
112 BangladeshBangladesh 32.2% of GDP 2012
113 BeninBenin 31.9% of GDP 2012
114 Congo, Republic of theCongo, Republic of the 31.8% of GDP 2012
115 ChinaChina 31.7% of GDP 2012
116 BelarusBelarus 31.5% of GDP 2012
117 ChadChad 31.3% of GDP 2012
118 GuatemalaGuatemala 29.5% of GDP 2012
119 ZambiaZambia 29.5% of GDP 2012
120 NorwayNorway 29.1% of GDP 2012
121 MaliMali 27.5% of GDP 2012
122 VenezuelaVenezuela 26.8% of GDP 2012
123 UgandaUganda 26.3% of GDP 2012
124 NamibiaNamibia 25.8% of GDP 2012
125 Papua New GuineaPapua NG 25.5% of GDP 2012
Former Soviet republics averageFormer Soviet republics average 23.83% of GDP 2012
126 IndonesiaIndonesia 23% of GDP 2012
127 GabonGabon 22.2% of GDP 2012
128 RwandaRwanda 21.7% of GDP 2012
129 AnguillaAnguilla 21.7% of GDP 2012
130 EcuadorEcuador 21% of GDP 2012
131 LuxembourgLuxembourg 20.8% of GDP 2012
OPEC countries averageOPEC countries average 18.59% of GDP 2012
132 IranIran 18.4% of GDP 2012
133 NigeriaNigeria 17.9% of GDP 2012
134 MoldovaMoldova 17.8% of GDP 2012
135 BotswanaBotswana 17.4% of GDP 2012
136 AngolaAngola 17.2% of GDP 2012
137 PeruPeru 16.6% of GDP 2012
138 BulgariaBulgaria 16.3% of GDP 2013
139 CameroonCameroon 16.1% of GDP 2012
140 ParaguayParaguay 14.7% of GDP 2012
141 KazakhstanKazakhstan 13.2% of GDP 2012
142 ChileChile 11.9% of GDP 2012
143 Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia 11.8% of GDP 2012
144 Equatorial GuineaEqu. Guinea 9.3% of GDP 2012
145 AlgeriaAlgeria 8.3% of GDP 2012
146 AzerbaijanAzerbaijan 7.8% of GDP 2012
147 RussiaRussia 7.7% of GDP 2012
148 GibraltarGibraltar 7.5% of GDP 2008
149 UzbekistanUzbekistan 6.2% of GDP 2012
150 KuwaitKuwait 6% of GDP 2012
151 EstoniaEstonia 5.8% of GDP 2012
152 Wallis and FutunaWallis+ 5.6% of GDP 2004
153 KosovoKosovo 5.5% of GDP 2011
154 OmanOman 4.3% of GDP 2012
155 LibyaLibya 4.1% of GDP 2012
156 LiberiaLiberia 0.4% of GDP 2012

Citation

"All countries compared for Economy > Public debt", CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Economy/Public-debt

Economy > Public debt: Countries Compared Map

NationMaster

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Hello, This is an interesting site with a staggering amount of information. My only real concern is that the data defined and listed under the categories might not be a true reflection of the category name. Read the definitions carefully before you make any assumptions from the data.

Posted on 05 Jul 2011

Al

Al

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I think everyone is getting confused about PUBLIC SECTOR debt in their commentary...

Posted on 13 Jul 2010

Laupi

Laupi

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I would rather have a slow economy then to pay interest atleast the people will not be enslaved for the rest if their lives that's probably why interest is forbidden i think that interest was invented by the devil him self! We are basicly all slaves. Why is is that a builder builds though out his 45 year career the eqvilient of around 670 homes on his own but is in debt for his small house for his entire life? Isn't that slavery?

Posted on 27 Apr 2010

Frayser

Frayser

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Pie is delicious but i dont see the connection to this topic unfortunatly .

Posted on 08 Mar 2010

Milly

Milly

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I dont put alot of trust in these numbers as Norway is number 13 on the list. Norway has net negative debt = positive financial assets mainly because of huge oil wealth.

Posted on 26 Jan 2010

tklung

tklung

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The top countries in this list, Japan, Zimbabwe are having economic troubles. Japan has suffered a long recession but also has a lot of value to their economy so they can mortgage quite heavily and need to stimulate the economy. Zimbabwe I would assume has had their currency devalue. In reality they have no capacity to repay this.

Posted on 12 May 2009

namu

namu

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I hope that Islamic nations become more prosperous and reevaluate their attitude toward debt. Carrying some level of debt greatly encourages the economy

Posted on 12 May 2009

namic

namic

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There are also economic basketcases down the bottom like Ukraine and Equatorial Guinea. These countries may not have much to mortgage

Posted on 12 May 2009

namoq

namoq

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