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Government > Spending > Expense > % of GDP: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: Expense is cash payments for operating activities of the government in providing goods and services. It includes compensation of employees (such as wages and salaries), interest and subsidies, grants, social benefits, and other expenses such as rent and dividends.".

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH HISTORY
1 Lesotho 51.18% 2008
2 Maldives 49.24% 2008
3 Greece 46.44% 2008
4 Hungary 45.02% 2008
5 France 44.7% 2008
6 Iceland 44.4% 2008
7 Portugal 42.86% 2008
8 United Kingdom 42.67% 2008
9 Belgium 42.47% 2008
10 Cyprus 42.2% 2008
11 Malta 41.73% 2007
12 Israel 40.71% 2008
13 Netherlands 40.5% 2008
14 Italy 40.25% 2008
15 Barbados 40.11% 2007
16 San Marino 39.05% 2006
17 Bosnia and Herzegovina 38.9% 2008
18 Austria 38.42% 2008
19 Serbia and Montenegro 38.33% 2008
20 Slovenia 37.36% 2008
=21 European Union 37.31% 2008
=21 Ukraine 37.31% 2008
23 Ireland 37.15% 2008
Eurozone average (profile) 36.95% 2008
24 Denmark 36.67% 2008
25 Jordan 36.57% 2008
European Union average (profile) 36.47% 2008
26 Poland 35.3% 2008
NATO countries average (profile) 35.22% 2008
27 Ghana 35.2% 2008
28 Finland 35.12% 2008
High income OECD countries average (profile) 34.73% 2008
29 Croatia 34.69% 2008
30 Luxembourg 34.25% 2008
31 Czech Republic 34.13% 2008
32 Belarus 33.95% 2008
33 Romania 33.77% 2008
34 Zimbabwe 33.63% 1997
Europe average (profile) 33.32% 2006
35 Jamaica 33.24% 2008
36 New Zealand 32.93% 2007
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 32.85% 2008
37 Moldova 32.78% 2008
38 Sweden 31.83% 2008
39 Lithuania 31.53% 2008
40 Estonia 31.05% 2008
41 South Africa 30.94% 2008
42 Bulgaria 30.91% 2008
43 Slovakia 30.87% 2008
44 Norway 30.72% 2008
45 Saint Kitts and Nevis 30.33% 2006
46 Morocco 30.06% 2008
47 Seychelles 29.98% 2008
48 Lebanon 29.78% 2008
49 Tunisia 29.49% 2009
50 Latvia 29.3% 2008
51 Botswana 29.25% 1996
52 Georgia 29.13% 2008
53 Germany 28.74% 2008
54 Colombia 28.51% 2003
55 Oman 26.93% 2001
56 Cape Verde 26.8% 2008
57 Spain 26.43% 2008
58 Mongolia 26.33% 2008
=59 Ecuador 26.3% 1994
=59 Fiji 26.3% 2006
=61 Swaziland 25.94% 2003
=61 United States 25.94% 2009
63 Trinidad and Tobago 25.38% 2007
64 Venezuela 25.07% 2005
65 Uruguay 24.94% 2008
66 Congo, Republic of the 24.79% 2005
67 Australia 24.37% 2008
68 Brazil 24.06% 2008
69 Namibia 23.98% 2007
70 Kuwait 23.96% 2008
Emerging markets average (profile) 23.81% 2004
=71 Sierra Leone 23.24% 2004
=71 Algeria 23.24% 2008
73 Panama 23.17% 2001
74 Bhutan 23.07% 2009
75 Afghanistan 22.99% 2008
76 Turkey 22.82% 2008
77 Zambia 22.68% 2007
78 Costa Rica 22.5% 2008
79 Papua New Guinea 22.09% 2002
80 Nicaragua 21.84% 2001
81 Bolivia 21.81% 2007
82 Honduras 21.79% 2008
83 Kenya 21.47% 2008
84 Russia 21.44% 2008
85 Grenada 21.42% 1995
86 Armenia 20.69% 2008
87 Ethiopia 20.67% 2002
88 Burundi 20.65% 1999
89 Bahrain 20.54% 2005
90 Chile 19.52% 2008
91 Mauritius 19.35% 2008
92 Vanuatu 19.26% 1999
93 Sri Lanka 19.21% 2008
94 Azerbaijan 19.01% 1999
95 Malaysia 18.95% 2003
96 Belize 18.91% 1997
97 El Salvador 18.5% 2008
98 Argentina 18.29% 2004
99 Thailand 18.25% 2008
South Asia average (profile) 18.02% 2008
100 The Bahamas 17.96% 2007
101 Cote d'Ivoire 17.93% 2008
102 Qatar 17.77% 2007
103 Canada 17.74% 2008
104 Switzerland 17.33% 2007
105 The Gambia 17.16% 1990
106 Philippines 17.05% 2008
107 Indonesia 16.85% 2004
108 Kyrgyzstan 16.76% 2008
109 Peru 16.52% 2008
110 Pakistan 16.32% 2007
111 Paraguay 15.77% 2008
112 Mexico 15.44% 2000
113 India 15.43% 2008
114 Uganda 15.25% 2008
115 Togo 15.11% 2008
116 Nepal 15.06% 2005
117 Rwanda 14.97% 1992
118 Benin 14.92% 2008
119 Dominican Republic 14.79% 2007
120 Kazakhstan 14.75% 2008
121 Japan 14.62% 1990
122 Senegal 14.55% 2001
123 Singapore 14.53% 2008
124 Mali 13.77% 2008
125 Tajikistan 13.75% 2004
126 Burkina Faso 12.63% 2008
127 Niger 11.77% 2007
128 Guatemala 11.73% 2008
129 Madagascar 11.24% 2007
130 Cameroon 11.19% 1994
131 China 11.14% 2006
132 Bangladesh 10.86% 2008
133 Laos 10.31% 2007
134 Central African Republic 9.67% 2004
135 United Arab Emirates 9.49% 1999
136 Guinea 9.43% 1992
137 Cambodia 8.59% 2006
138 Democratic Republic of the Congo 8.11% 2001
139 Sudan 7.59% 1999
140 Burma 3.64% 2004

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"Countries Compared by Government > Spending > Expense > % of GDP. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", International Monetary Fund, Government Finance Statistics Yearbook and data files, and World Bank and OECD GDP estimates. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Government/Spending/Expense/%-of-GDP

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