Country Comparison > Debt - external

RankCountryDebt - external (Billion US$)
1United States15,680
2United Kingdom9,577
3Germany5,717
4France5,371
5Japan3,017
6Luxembourg2,935
7Italy2,604
8Netherlands2,347
9Spain2,278
10Ireland2,164
11Switzerland1,544
12Australia1,506
13Belgium1,424
14Canada1,331
15Singapore1,174
16Hong Kong1,159
17Sweden1,039
18China863.2
19Austria812
20Norway720.6
21Russia714.2
22Finland586.9
23Denmark586.7
24Greece568.7
25Portugal508.3
26Brazil475.9
27Korea, South430.9
28India412.2
29Poland365.2
30Turkey359.5
31Mexico354.9
32Indonesia223.8
33Hungary170.3
34United Arab Emirates167.9
35Qatar149.4
36Saudi Arabia149.4
37Taiwan146.8
38Thailand142.6
39South Africa139
40Ukraine138.3
41Romania131.6
42Kazakhstan131.3
43Chile119
44Argentina111.5
45Czech Republic102.1
46Iceland102
47Malaysia100.1
48Israel96.3
49Colombia85.83
50New Zealand81.36
51Venezuela74.87
52Philippines72.81
53Slovakia68.44
54Vietnam68.38
55Croatia60.47
56Iraq59.49
57Puerto Rico56.82
58Slovenia52.53
59Pakistan52.43
60Malta51.08
61Peru50.15
62Egypt48.76
63Sudan40.92
64Latvia39.87
65Bulgaria37.85
66Morocco36.51
67Kuwait34.41
68Sri Lanka33.67
69Serbia33.6
70Bangladesh30.69
71Lithuania29.55
72Bahrain28.82
73Tunisia26.95
74Estonia26.74
75Lebanon26.74
76Cuba23.44
77Angola22.71
78Jordan22.04
79Ecuador19.91
80Dominican Republic18.01
81Guatemala17.67
82Uruguay17.61
83Bahamas, The17.56
84Nigeria15.73
85Iran15.64
86Panama15.22
87Costa Rica15.1
88Ghana14.68
89El Salvador14.44
90Jamaica13.82
91Tanzania13.82
92Papua New Guinea13.61
93Ethiopia11.99
94Kenya11.96
95Georgia11.74
96Bosnia and Herzegovina11.14
97Oman10.84
98Syria9.8
99Azerbaijan9.55
100Cote d'Ivoire8.96
101Uzbekistan8.77
102Zimbabwe8.44
103Armenia7.84
104Yemen7.81
105Macedonia7.45
106Paraguay7.01
107Congo, Democratic Republic of the6.87
108Laos6.69
109Libya6.32
110Mozambique6.28
111Moldova6.22
112Honduras6.17
113Zambia5.99
114Burma5.38
115Algeria5.28
116Bolivia5.26
117Uganda5.22
118Mongolia4.95
119Cambodia4.91
120Trinidad and Tobago4.82
121Nicaragua4.53
122Barbados4.49
123Senegal4.38
124Namibia4.31
125Nepal3.96
126Kyrgyzstan3.86
127Cameroon3.45
128Gabon3.43
129Madagascar3.36
130Mali3.35
131Congo, Republic of the3.27
132Mauritania3.23
133Albania3.21
134Somalia3.05
135Korea, North3
136Mauritius2.89
137Burkina Faso2.86
138Guinea2.58
139Botswana2.42
140Tajikistan2.16
141Equatorial Guinea2.1
142Guyana1.85
143Chad1.83
144Seychelles1.72
145Montenegro1.7
146Rwanda1.66
147Malawi1.56
148Niger1.56
149Bermuda1.4
150Sierra Leone1.33
151Cape Verde1.33
152West Bank1.3
153Afghanistan1.28
154Bhutan1.27
155Benin1.24
156Belarus1.2
157Haiti1.12
158Guinea-Bissau1.1
159Eritrea1.09
160Belize1.05
161Maldives0.89
162Faroe Islands0.89
163Suriname0.86
164Djibouti0.82
165Lesotho0.79
166Fiji0.78
167Togo0.72
168Grenada0.68
169Burundi0.68
170Central African Republic0.63
171Swaziland0.61
172Aruba0.53
173Gambia, The0.52
174Kosovo0.45
175Saint Lucia0.45
176Antigua and Barbuda0.44
177Liberia0.44
178Turkmenistan0.43
179Sao Tome and Principe0.41
180Samoa0.37
181Vanuatu0.31
182Dominica0.27
183Solomon Islands0.26
184Saint Vincent and the Grenadines0.26
185Tonga0.22
186Saint Kitts and Nevis0.16
187Comoros0.14
188Cook Islands0.14
189Marshall Islands0.09
190New Caledonia0.08
191Micronesia, Federated States of0.06
192Greenland0.04
193British Virgin Islands0.04
194Nauru0.03
195Kiribati0.01
196Montserrat0.01
197Anguilla0.01
198Wallis and Futuna0
199Niue0
200Macau0
201Liechtenstein0
202Brunei0
203Palau0

Definition: This entry gives the total public and private debt owed to nonresidents repayable in foreign currency, goods, or services. These figures are calculated on an exchange rate basis, i.e., not in purchasing power parity (PPP) terms.

Source: CIA World Factbook - Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of January 1, 2014

See also: Debt - external map

Related News

'The most miserable country in the world' is slipping toward default
Yahoo News - 2/9/2016 4:57:46 PM
Over the past few days, the talk among those who watch "the most miserable country" in the world has turned to default ... Venezuelan GDP would hit $80 billion, making its external debt of $123 billion unpayable. "In such a scenario, a forceful ...

Global shares tumble on global growth concerns; Treasury yields fall
Reuters - 2/8/2016 6:46:19 PM
The cost of insuring the European financial sector's senior debt against default also climbed to its highest ... U.S. crude was last down 47 cents, or 1.52 percent, at $30.42 per barrel. MSCI's all-country world equity index, which tracks shares in 45 ...

Countries Overloaded With Debt
CNBC - 10/28/2009 10:40:00 AM
A further breakdown of the country's external debt data, provided by the World Bank, shows that a significant proportion of the country's external debt is represented by the country's banking sector, accounting for approximately $976.48 billion.

This analyst believes fears over a full-blown emerging market debt crisis is 'mostly' overblown
The Business Insider - 2/9/2016 12:58:33 AM
“Fears that the world is only now entering a third leg of the GFC appear well wide of the mark,” says Jessop. While some will disagree with his call, pointing to the rapid expansion in foreign currency denominated debt in emerging markets in recent ...

How the Developing World Escaped the Debt Trap
Bloomberg - 3/3/2013 8:45:11 PM
two thirds of countries still had external debt-to-GDP ratios above 50 percent. The last decade brought dramatic change. By 2011, suggests the World Bank, the average external debt-to-GDP ratio fell to 42 percent and less than one in three developing ...

A developing world of debt
The Guardian - 5/16/2012 10:16:46 AM
Data in the World Bank's global development finance 2012 report (pdf) shows total external debt stocks owed by developing countries increased by $437bn over 12 months to stand at $4tn at the end of 2010, the latest period for which data is available.

This surprising chart shows which countries own the most U.S. debt
Washington Post - 10/9/2013 11:55:15 PM
It's no secret that China is the world's largest foreign holder of U.S. debt ... that could significantly devalue their investment. This chart, of foreign debt-holders by country, really drives home why China is so preoccupied with our internal squabbles.

U.S. Tops List of Countries with the Largest External Debt
Seeking Alpha - 6/21/2009 10:56:59 AM
... countries are small countries in the developing world. Armenia has the lowest debt at $3.4B. However this was an increase of 15.1% from 2007. Some of the countries have been reducing their external debt. Switzerland and the UK reduced it the most at ...

World Bank Releases International Debt Statistics 2013
The World Bank - 12/20/2012 3:59:32 PM
WASHINGTON, December 20, 2012 – Net external debt inflows and aggregate net capital inflows (debt and equity) to developing countries fell in 2011 ... the management of capital flows around the world and having the data open to all is a welcome ...

Assessing Debt Levels in Poorer Countries
International Monetary Fund - 3/28/2012 7:57:26 PM
Under the framework, the IMF and World Bank produce a joint debt sustainability analysis (DSA) for all low-income countries, generally on an annual basis. Each DSA yields a rating denoting the risk of external public debt distress. Since introduction of ...

Way out of mounting debt trap
Business Recorder - 2/10/2016 12:14:25 AM
The burgeoning gap between flagging export proceeds and steeply rising import payments is by compulsion covered with foreign aid which is actually loan. And the swelling debt which comes ... goods and services from donor country including compulsory ...

A new stage in the global economic breakdown
World Socialist Web Site - 2/9/2016 6:27:50 AM
China’s foreign currency ... adding to fears the country is experiencing capital flight and that financial authorities are losing their battle to prevent a rapid fall in the renminbi (also known as the yuan). The announcement had global significance ...

Global Bond Rally Near 'Panic' Level With Japan Yield Below Zero
News Max - 2/9/2016 7:39:25 AM
There is now $7 trillion of government debt with yields below zero globally, with the average yield on the Bank of America Merrill Lynch World Sovereign Bond Index ... now affecting equity markets in developed countries as well -- and commodities and ...

The world's top 25 debt-ridden nations
Rediff India Abroad - 2/16/2011 9:36:34 AM
This ratio helps determine if the country is in a position to repay its debt or is there likelihood that it may default. For the record, the total external debt in the world stands at close to $60 trillion. So which are the world's most indebted nations?

Private Sector Debt Gnawing at Developing Countries
Inter Press Service - 7/30/2012 12:44:03 PM
... organisations supporting debt relief and increased transparency in global financial markets, highlights that foreign debt payments of the private sector in impoverished countries have increased from four percent of export earnings in 2000, to 10 ...


Embed this graph in your blog:

Only the top 10 countries will show.
Preview