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Education > Total expenditure as % of GDP: Countries Compared

Author: Edria Murray<br>Staff Editor

Author: Edria Murray<br>Staff Editor

Educational spending is one indicator of the level of resourcing in schools. Comparing

educational spending with GDP can be an indicator of the importance of education according

to government policy makers. However this indicator can be misleading if the GDP is

significantly higher or lower than average.



To compare priorities for government spending, comparison should be made with spending in

other areas such as military,
href=/graph/hea_tot_exp_as_of_gdp>health
and
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.



To gain a better overview of educational resourcing, other resourcing indicators such as

goverment spending per student and
href=/graph/edu_pup_rat_sec_lev>pupil teacher ratio
should also be consulted.



This statistic states the total government spending across all areas of education. In

most countries spending is not evenly distributed to all sectors of education. To compare

spending in different educational sectors see also spending per student at
href=/graph/edu_pub_spe_per_stu_pri_lev>primary
,
href=/graph/edu_pub_spe_per_stu_sec_lev>secondary
and
href=/graph/edu_pub_spe_per_stu_ter_lev>tertiary
level.

DEFINITION: Total expenditure on education per year per country as % of GDP (Year 2000)..

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 United StatesUnited States 7% of GDP 2000
2 DenmarkDenmark 6.7% of GDP 2000
3 SwedenSweden 6.5% of GDP 2000
4 CanadaCanada 6.4% of GDP 2000
5 FranceFrance 6.1% of GDP 2000
6 AustraliaAustralia 6% of GDP 2000
7 NorwayNorway 5.9% of GDP 2000
8 New ZealandNew Zealand 5.8% of GDP 2000
9 SwitzerlandSwitzerland 5.7% of GDP 2000
10 AustriaAustria 5.7% of GDP 2000
Group of 7 countries (G7) averageGroup of 7 countries (G7) average 5.66% of GDP 2000
11 FinlandFinland 5.6% of GDP 2000
12 BelgiumBelgium 5.5% of GDP 2000
13 GermanyGermany 5.3% of GDP 2000
14 United KingdomUnited Kingdom 5.3% of GDP 2000
15 ItalyItaly 4.9% of GDP 2000
16 NetherlandsNetherlands 4.7% of GDP 2000
17 JapanJapan 4.6% of GDP 2000
18 IrelandIreland 4.6% of GDP 2000

Citation

"All countries compared for Education > Total expenditure as % of GDP", OECD Historical Statistics. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Education/Total-expenditure-as-%-of-GDP

Education > Total expenditure as % of GDP: Countries Compared Map

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Educational spending is one indicator of the level of resourcing in schools. Comparing

educational spending with GDP can be an indicator of the importance of education according

to government policy makers. However this indicator can be misleading if the GDP is

significantly higher or lower than average.



To compare priorities for government spending, comparison should be made with spending in

other areas such as military,
href=/graph/hea_tot_exp_as_of_gdp>health
and
href=/graph/eco_soc_sec_exp_as_of_gdp>social security
.



To gain a better overview of educational resourcing, other resourcing indicators such as

goverment spending per student and
href=/graph/edu_pup_rat_sec_lev>pupil teacher ratio
should also be consulted.



This statistic states the total government spending across all areas of education. In

most countries spending is not evenly distributed to all sectors of education. To compare

spending in different educational sectors see also spending per student at
href=/graph/edu_pub_spe_per_stu_pri_lev>primary
,
href=/graph/edu_pub_spe_per_stu_sec_lev>secondary
and
href=/graph/edu_pub_spe_per_stu_ter_lev>tertiary
level.

Posted on 31 Jan 2005

Edria Murray<br>Staff Editor

Edria Murray<br>Staff Editor

0

I think this graph shows how ineffectiv a privat educational system is: The US is the country which spends the most money on education while having one of the least educated populations of all western countries.

Posted on 20 Jun 2009

Chris

Chris

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