Country Comparison > Public debt

RankCountryPublic debt (% of GDP)
1Zimbabwe220.1
2Japan211.7
3Saint Kitts and Nevis200
4Greece161.7
5Lebanon134
6Iceland128.3
7Jamaica125.5
8Italy120.1
9Eritrea118.5
10Singapore118.2
11Portugal112.8
12Ireland105.4
13Belgium99.7
14Barbados95.9
15Sudan93.7
16Canada87.4
17United Kingdom86.3
18Belize84.8
19France84.7
20Sao Tome and Principe84.7
21Egypt83.4
22Sierra Leone82.9
23Germany81.8
24Hungary80.6
25Sri Lanka79.4
26Bhutan78.9
27Burundi78.4
28Dominica78
29Cape Verde74.2
30Austria73.6
31Israel72.8
32Nicaragua70.5
33Malta70.4
34Spain68.1
35United States67.7
36Cote d'Ivoire65.3
37Netherlands65.2
38Morocco64
39Guyana62.1
40Pakistan60.1
41Albania59.7
42Chad58.8
43Jordan57.5
44Norway57.5
45Mauritius57.3
46Vietnam57.3
47El Salvador57.3
48Poland56.7
49Brazil54.2
50Bahrain54
51Malaysia53.2
52Switzerland52.4
53Uruguay51
54Philippines50.9
55Kenya49.9
56Tunisia49
57Fiji48.8
58Finland48.6
59India48.5
60Aruba46.3
61Seychelles45.4
62Belarus45.3
63Serbia45.1
64Montenegro45
65Latvia44.8
66Costa Rica44.7
67Colombia44.6
68Denmark44.2
69Croatia43.9
70Ethiopia43.7
71China43.5
72United Arab Emirates43.5
73Slovakia43.3
74Bosnia and Herzegovina43.3
75Slovenia42
76Panama41.8
77Argentina41.4
78Czech Republic40.7
79Thailand40.5
80Turkey39.9
81Yemen39.4
82Ukraine39
83Romania38.6
84Armenia38.6
85Sweden37.5
86Bolivia36.6
87Taiwan36.3
88Lithuania36.3
89Ghana36.2
90Malawi36.1
91Tanzania36.1
92Dominican Republic36
93New Zealand35.7
94Mexico35.4
95Cuba35.4
96Bangladesh35.2
97Syria35.2
98Venezuela34.9
99Mozambique34.9
100Senegal34.6
101South Africa34.1
102Korea, South33.6
103Honduras33.5
104Qatar33.1
105Trinidad and Tobago32.7
106Benin31.1
107Hong Kong30.1
108Moldova29.3
109Macedonia28.2
110Zambia27.6
111Namibia26.8
112Australia26.8
113Rwanda24.6
114Guatemala24.5
115Indonesia24.4
116Uganda23.5
117Papua New Guinea22.1
118Ecuador22.1
119Gabon20.6
120Peru19.9
121Niger17.9
122Nigeria17.9
123Bulgaria17.5
124Angola17.4
125Luxembourg16.9
126Botswana14.5
127Cameroon13.9
128Paraguay13.7
129Saudi Arabia13
130Kazakhstan12.4
131Iran12
132Chile9.2
133Uzbekistan8.4
134Russia8.3
135Algeria8.1
136Gibraltar7.5
137Kuwait6.5
138Estonia5.9
139Kosovo5.6
140Wallis and Futuna5.6
141Azerbaijan5.5
142Equatorial Guinea4.6
143Libya4.2
144Oman4.1
145Liberia3.3

Definition: 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.

Source: CIA World Factbook - Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of January 1, 2012

See also: Public debt map

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