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Field Listing :: Public debt
This entry records the cumulative 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.
Country Comparison to the World
Country
Public debt(% of GDP)
Albania 51.9% of GDP (2008 est.)
51.4% of GDP (2007 est.)
Algeria 9.9% of GDP (2008 est.)
37.4% of GDP (2004 est.)
Angola 8.7% of GDP (2008 est.)
12% of GDP (2007 est.)
Argentina 48.4% of GDP (2008 est.)
118% of GDP (June 2004 est.)
Aruba 46.3% of GDP (2005)
Australia 13.9% of GDP (2008 est.)
17.4% of GDP (2004 est.)
note: the Commonwealth government eliminated its net debt in 2006, but continues a gross debt issue to support the market for risk-free securities
Austria 60.2% of GDP (2008 est.)
64.2% of GDP (2004 est.)
Azerbaijan 5.9% of GDP (2008 est.)
18.9% of GDP (2004 est.)
Bahrain 28.9% of GDP (2008 est.)
63.8% of GDP (2004 est.)
Bangladesh 34.5% of GDP (2008 est.)
43% of GDP (2004 est.)
Belgium 89.1% of GDP (2008 est.)
96.2% of GDP (2004 est.)
Bhutan 81.4% of GDP (2004)
81.4% of GDP (2004)
Bolivia 41% of GDP (2008 est.)
46.3% of GDP (2007 est.)
Bosnia and Herzegovina 40% of GDP (2008 est.)
34% of GDP (2007 est.)
Botswana 5.9% of GDP (2008 est.)
8.6% of GDP (2004 est.)
Brazil 36.9% of GDP (2008 est.)
52% of GDP (2004 est.)
Bulgaria 15.2% of GDP (2008 est.)
41.9% of GDP (2004 est.)
Cameroon 14.3% of GDP (2008 est.)
69.1% of GDP (2004 est.)
Canada 63.8% of GDP (2008 est.)
64.2% of GDP (2004 est.)
Chile 5.2% of GDP (2008 est.)
12.8% of GDP (2004 est.)
China 16.2% of GDP (2008 est.)
31.4% of GDP (2004 est.)
Colombia 42.8% of GDP (2008 est.)
51.8% of GDP (2004 est.)
Costa Rica 42.2% of GDP (2008 est.)
58% of GDP (2004 est.)
Cote d'Ivoire 60.3% of GDP (2008 est.)
74.8% of GDP (2004 est.)
Croatia 46.8% of GDP (2008 est.)
41.7% of GDP (2004 est.)
Cuba 35.8% of GDP (2008 est.)
36.8% of GDP (2007 est.)
Cyprus 49.1% of GDP (2008 est.)
74.9% of GDP (2004 est.)
Czech Republic 26.8% of GDP (2008 est.)
33.5% of GDP (2004 est.)
Denmark 33.3% of GDP (2008 est.)
42.5% of GDP (2004 est.)
Dominican Republic 37.3% of GDP (2008 est.)
61.1% of GDP (2004 est.)
Ecuador 26.7% of GDP (2008 est.)
Egypt 85.9% of GDP (2008 est.)
102.7% of GDP (2004 est.)
El Salvador 42.9% of GDP (2008 est.)
41.7% of GDP (2004 est.)
Equatorial Guinea 0.9% of GDP (2008 est.)
1.6% of GDP (2007 est.)
Estonia 4.8% of GDP (2008 est.)
5.4% of GDP (2004 est.)
Ethiopia 34.1% of GDP (2008 est.)
44.5% of GDP (2007 est.)
Finland 33.4% of GDP (2008 est.)
46.8% of GDP (2004 est.)
France 68.1% of GDP (2008 est.)
67.7% of GDP (2004 est.)
Gabon 19.8% of GDP (2008 est.)
29.3% of GDP (2004 est.)
Germany 64.4% of GDP (2008 est.)
65.8% of GDP (2004 est.)
Ghana 62.3% of GDP (2008 est.)
58.5% of GDP (2007 est.)
Gibraltar 15.7% of GDP (2005 est.)
Greece 97.4% of GDP (2008 est.)
112% of GDP (2004 est.)
Guatemala 23.6% of GDP (2008 est.)
32% of GDP (2004 est.)
Honduras 21.6% of GDP (2008 est.)
74.1% of GDP (2004 est.)
Hong Kong 13.9% of GDP (2008 est.)
2.1% of GDP (2004 est.)
Hungary 68.6% of GDP (2008 est.)
58.3% of GDP (2004 est.)
Iceland 80.9% of GDP (2008 est.)
35.9% of GDP (2004 est.)
India 61.3% of GDP (2008 est.)
59.7% of GDP (2004 est.)
Indonesia 28.6% of GDP (2008 est.)
56.2% of GDP (2004 est.)
Iran 19.7% of GDP (2008 est.)
27% of GDP (2004 est.)
Ireland 41.8% of GDP (2008 est.)
31.2% of GDP (2004 est.)
Israel 78% of GDP (2008 est.)
104.5% of GDP (2004 est.)
Italy 105.9% of GDP (2008 est.)
105.6% of GDP (2004 est.)
Jamaica 109.6% of GDP (2008 est.)
146.1% of GDP (2004 est.)
Japan 173% of GDP (2008 est.)
164.3% of GDP (2004 est.)
Jordan 62.3% of GDP (2008 est.)
85.8% of GDP (2004 est.)
Kazakhstan 8.9% of GDP (2008 est.)
13.7% of GDP (2004 est.)
Kenya 58.3% of GDP (2008 est.)
74.3% of GDP (2004 est.)
Korea, South 24.4% of GDP (2008 est.)
21.3% of GDP (2004 est.)
Kosovo NA
Kuwait 7.5% of GDP (2008 est.)
29.6% of GDP (2004 est.)
Latvia 19.5% of GDP (2008 est.)
11.8% of GDP (2004 est.)
Lebanon 164.3% of GDP (2008 est.)
177.9% of GDP (2004 est.)
Libya 4.2% of GDP (2008 est.)
8.8% of GDP (2004 est.)
Lithuania 15.6% of GDP (2008 est.)
25.2% of GDP (2004 est.)
Luxembourg 10.2% of GDP (2008 est.)
6.4% of GDP (2007 est.)
Macedonia 30.6% of GDP (2008 est.)
20% of GDP (2004 est.)
Malawi 48.9% of GDP (2008 est.)
228.3% of GDP (2004 est.)
Malaysia 41.2% of GDP (2008 est.)
45.4% of GDP (2004 est.)
Mauritius 56.6% of GDP (2008 est.)
29.2% of GDP (2004 est.)
Mexico 19.3% of GDP (2008 est.)
23.5% of GDP (2004 est.)
Moldova 22.5% of GDP (2008 est.)
63.4% of GDP (2004 est.)
Montenegro 38% of GDP (2006)
Morocco 59.7% of GDP (2008 est.)
70.2% of GDP (2004 est.)
Mozambique 21.4% of GDP (2008 est.)
22.2% of GDP (2007 est.)
Namibia 22.7% of GDP (2008 est.)
38.5% of GDP (2004 est.)
Netherlands 58.2% of GDP (2008 est.)
55.8% of GDP (2004 est.)
New Zealand 24.6% of GDP (2008 est.)
22.1% of GDP (2004 est.)
Nicaragua 53.2% of GDP (2008 est.)
69.5% of GDP (2004 est.)
Nigeria 14.7% of GDP (2008 est.)
20% of GDP (2004 est.)
Norway 44.2% of GDP (2008 est.)
33.1% of GDP (2004 est.)
Oman 2.7% of GDP (2008 est.)
10.3% of GDP (2004 est.)
Pakistan 49.8% of GDP (2008 est.)
71.4% of GDP (2004 est.)
Panama 45.3% of GDP (2008 est.)
69.2% of GDP (2004 est.)
Papua New Guinea 37.2% of GDP (2008 est.)
59.3% of GDP (2004 est.)
Paraguay 23.2% of GDP (2008 est.)
39.2% of GDP (2004 est.)
Peru 24% of GDP (2008 est.)
44.1% of GDP (2004 est.)
Philippines 56.3% of GDP (2008 est.)
74.2% of GDP (September 2004 est.)
Poland 45.2% of GDP (2008 est.)
49.9% of GDP (2004 est.)
Portugal 66.4% of GDP (2008 est.)
61.5% of GDP (2004 est.)
Qatar 4.8% of GDP (2008 est.)
11% of GDP (2007 est.)
Romania 14.7% of GDP (2008 est.)
23.6% of GDP (2004 est.)
Russia 6.7% of GDP (2008 est.)
28.2% of GDP (2004 est.)
Saudi Arabia 18.9% of GDP (2008 est.)
75% of GDP (2004 est.)
Senegal 16.4% of GDP (2008 est.)
55.2% of GDP (2004 est.)
Serbia 37% of GDP (2007 est.)
Seychelles 82.1% of GDP (2008 est.)
122.8% of GDP (2004 est.)
Singapore 99.2% of GDP (2008 est.)
102.5% of GDP (2004 est.)
Slovakia 28.7% of GDP (2008 est.)
46.6% of GDP (2004 est.)
Slovenia 23% of GDP (2008 est.)
31.5% of GDP (2004 est.)
South Africa 31.6% of GDP (2008 est.)
45.9% of GDP (2004 est.)
Spain 40.3% of GDP (2008 est.)
53.2% of GDP (2004 est.)
Sri Lanka 76.7% of GDP (2008 est.)
104.3% of GDP (2004 est.)
Sudan 93.5% of GDP (2008 est.)
79.7% of GDP (2004 est.)
Sweden 36.7% of GDP (2008 est.)
51.6% of GDP (2004 est.)
Switzerland 40.9% of GDP (2008 est.)
57.2% of GDP (2004 est.)
Syria 26.7% of GDP (2008 est.)
32% of GDP (2004 est.)
Taiwan 29.8% of GDP (2008 est.)
32.4% of GDP (2004 est.)
Tanzania 23.6% of GDP (2008 est.)
5% of GDP (2004 est.)
Thailand 37.9% of GDP (2008 est.)
47.6% of GDP (November 2004 est.)
Trinidad and Tobago 26.1% of GDP (2008 est.)
54.4% of GDP (2004 est.)
Tunisia 48.4% of GDP (2008 est.)
59.2% of GDP (2004 est.)
Turkey 40% of GDP (2008 est.)
74.3% of GDP (2004 est.)
Uganda 17.4% of GDP (2008 est.)
73.9% of GDP (2004 est.)
Ukraine 10.3% of GDP (2008 est.)
24.7% of GDP (2004 est.)
United Arab Emirates 42.3% of GDP (2008 est.)
17.6% of GDP (2004 est.)
United Kingdom 52% of GDP (2008 est.)
39.6% of GDP (2004 est.)
United States 60.8% of GDP (2007 est.)
65% of GDP (2004 est.)
Uruguay 59.7% of GDP (2008 est.)
64.8% of GDP (2007 est.)
Uzbekistan 10.8% of GDP (2008 est.)
41.5% of GDP (2004 est.)
Venezuela 20.4% of GDP (2008 est.)
43.1% of GDP (2004 est.)
Vietnam 45.5% of GDP (2008 est.)
65.9% of GDP (2004 est.)
Wallis and Futuna 5.6% of GDP (2004 est.)
Yemen 34.4% of GDP (2008 est.)
46.4% of GDP (2004 est.)
Zambia 29.5% of GDP (2008 est.)
127.5% of GDP (2004 est.)
Zimbabwe 259.4% of GDP (2008 est.)
52.3% of GDP (2004 est.)
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