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Economy > Public expenditure > Social expenditure > Public social expenditure per million: 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. Figures expressed per million population for the same year.

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# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 Iceland 53.06% 2009
2 Luxembourg 46.61% 2009
High income OECD countries average (profile) 5.47% 2009
3 Finland 4.89% 2009
4 Denmark 4.87% 2009
5 Norway 4.47% 2009
6 New Zealand 4.29% 2009
7 Ireland 3.75% 2009
8 Austria 3.25% 2009
9 Sweden 3.16% 2009
10 Slovakia 3.06% 2009
11 Switzerland 2.62% 2009
12 Belgium 2.45% 2009
13 Hungary 2.24% 2009
14 Portugal 2.17% 2009
15 Czech Republic 1.86% 2009
16 Greece 1.82% 2009
17 Netherlands 1.26% 2009
18 Australia 0.785% 2009
19 Poland 0.55% 2009
20 Canada 0.489% 2009
21 Spain 0.462% 2009
22 France 0.451% 2009
23 Italy 0.415% 2009
24 United Kingdom 0.345% 2009
25 Germany 0.326% 2009
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 0.318% 2009
26 Turkey 0.192% 2009
27 Japan 0.146% 2009
28 South Korea 0.14% 2009
29 Mexico 0.0601% 2009
30 United States 0.0518% 2009

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"Countries Compared by Economy > Public expenditure > Social expenditure > Public social expenditure per million. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", OECD Country statistical profiles 2009. Population figures from World Bank: (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects, (2) United Nations Statistical Division. Population and Vital Statistics Report (various years), (3) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (4) Eurostat: Demographic Statistics, (5) Secretariat of the Pacific Community: Statistics and Demography Programme, and (6) U.S. Census Bureau: International Database. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Economy/Public-expenditure/Social-expenditure/Public-social-expenditure-per-million

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