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Economy > Public expenditure > Social expenditure > Public social expenditure: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: Public social expenditure comprises cash benefits, direct "in-kind” provision of goods and services, and tax breaks with social purposes. To be considered "social”, benefits have to address one or more social goals. Benefits may be targeted at low-income households, but they may also be for the elderly, disabled, sick, unemployed, or young persons. Programmes regulating the provision of social benefits have to involve: a) redistribution of resources across households, or b) compulsory participation. Social benefits are regarded as public when general government (that is central, state, and local governments, including social security funds) controls relevant financial flows. The expenditures shown here refer only to public social benefits and exclude similar benefits provided by private charities.

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# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 Sweden 29.4% 2009
2 France 29.2% 2009
3 Austria 27.2% 2009
4 Denmark 26.9% 2009
5 Germany 26.7% 2009
6 Belgium 26.4% 2009
7 Finland 26.1% 2009
8 Italy 25% 2009
9 Luxembourg 23.2% 2009
10 Portugal 23.1% 2009
11 Hungary 22.5% 2009
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 21.89% 2009
12 Norway 21.6% 2009
13 United Kingdom 21.3% 2009
High income OECD countries average (profile) 21.23% 2009
14 Spain 21.2% 2009
15 Poland 21% 2009
16 Netherlands 20.9% 2009
17 Greece 20.5% 2009
18 Switzerland 20.3% 2009
19 Czech Republic 19.5% 2009
20 Japan 18.6% 2009
21 New Zealand 18.5% 2009
22 Australia 17.1% 2009
23 Iceland 16.9% 2009
24 Ireland 16.7% 2009
25 Slovakia 16.6% 2009
26 Canada 16.5% 2009
27 United States 15.9% 2009
28 Turkey 13.7% 2009
29 Mexico 7% 2009
30 South Korea 6.9% 2009

Citation

"Countries Compared by Economy > Public expenditure > Social expenditure > Public social expenditure. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", OECD Country statistical profiles 2009. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Economy/Public-expenditure/Social-expenditure/Public-social-expenditure

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Interesting observations about Economy > Public expenditure > Social expenditure > Public social expenditure

  • Sweden ranked first for public expenditure > social expenditure > public social expenditure amongst High income OECD countries in 2009.
  • United States ranked last for public expenditure > social expenditure > public social expenditure amongst Group of 7 countries (G7) in 2009.
  • All of the top 10 countries by public expenditure > social expenditure > public social expenditure are Christian.
  • France ranked first for public expenditure > social expenditure > public social expenditure amongst NATO countries in 2009.
  • All of the top 6 countries by public expenditure > social expenditure > public social expenditure are European.
  • Ireland ranked second last for public expenditure > social expenditure > public social expenditure amongst European Union in 2009.
  • Canada ranked second last for public expenditure > social expenditure > public social expenditure amongst Non-religious countries in 2009.
  • Germany ranked third for public expenditure > social expenditure > public social expenditure amongst Eurozone in 2009.
  • United Kingdom ranked first for public expenditure > social expenditure > public social expenditure amongst English speaking countries in 2009.
  • 6 of the top 7 countries by public expenditure > social expenditure > public social expenditure are Cold countries'.
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