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, 2012See also: Public debt map
Countries Overloaded With Debt
CNBC - 10/28/2009 2:36:13 PM
"External debt is more worrisome and important than public debt, as public debt is generally ... 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 ...
The 10 Countries With the Most Debt
US News and World Report - 1/27/2011 11:57:48 PM
[See the 10 states with the largest budget shortfalls.] While the United States total public debt is indeed the largest in the world, a broader context shows that other countries face even more dire debt situations. One way to put debt in perspective is to ...
The 15 Countries That Are Buried Under The Most Debt
The Business Insider - 4/4/2011 6:49:17 PM
Debt outlook: French public debt is expected to rise as high as 86.9% of GDP in 2011 according to a report by HSBC. The country has implemented spending cuts, increased certain taxes and is raising the retirement age but if Eurozone countries require more ...
The truth behind our ‘dangerous’ public debt levels
THE CONVERSATION - 4/9/2013 11:57:32 PM
GDP represents the size of a country’s income ... The federal government has one of the lowest debt burdens in the world. Similar trends to the federal government public debt to GDP ratio is found in aggregate state and local government debt.
IMF-World Bank Publish Revised Guidelines for Public Debt Management
International Monetary Fund - 4/25/2014 6:05:54 PM
International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank staffs have prepared and issued to the Executive Boards of both institutions the Revised Guidelines for Public Debt Management for information ... and reduce member countries’ external vulnerabilities.
New Funding to Help Poor Countries Manage Debt
The World Bank - 4/3/2014 2:35:46 PM
Through the DC-based program, she has traveled with World Bank debt experts to Madagascar, and she said learning about other countries’ experiences has been illuminating. In addition to improving the public officials’ technical skills, the training and ...
The world's top 25 debt-ridden nations
Rediff India Abroad - 2/16/2011 4:07:17 AM
The global financial tsunami that ripped through the world left many an economy teetering ... is the total amount of private and public foreign debt (capital plus interest) that a country owes to its creditors outside the country. This debt includes ...
The Economist online - 6/23/2010 11:58:38 PM
The interactive graphic above shows the overall debt levels for a wide range of countries, based on data supplied by the McKinsey Global Institute. In theory there is no maximum level for debt relative to GDP, but Ireland and Iceland (not on this map ...
Colonization by Bankruptcy: The High-stakes Chess Match for Argentina
Howe Street - 8/29/2014 4:19:25 PM
The still-evolving plan is to drive destitute nations into an international bankruptcy court whose decisions would have the force of law throughout the world ... country as a defaulted debt payment mechanism. [T]he idea would be to transform our public ...
The cancellation of German debt in 1953 versus the attitude to the Third World and Greece
International Viewpoint - 8/25/2014 11:55:08 PM
Currency in which the external debt had to be paid Germany was allowed to use its national currency. No third world country can do ... along with a fast-expanding public sector. 4.- Greece’s bilateral debts (to countries that participated in the Troika ...
U.S. Long-Term Debt Situation Is One of the World’s Worst
The Heritage Foundation - 7/26/2010 11:55:18 PM
This year, the U.S. public debt ... of the global debt challenge and stress the need for governments to aim higher than short-term deficit reductions. For the U.S., one of the most poorly positioned countries, addressing the long-term debt challenge ...
The Long Story of U.S. Debt, From 1790 to 2011, in 1 Little Chart
The Atlantic - 11/13/2012 9:58:23 PM
The public debt surged from about $65 million in 1860 to $2.76 ... US congress effectively ceded a large part of its authority over how much the country borrows. Before World War I, the Congress voted to approve the individual debt sales that were used ...
The Latest External Debt Position of European Countries
Seeking Alpha - 12/17/2009 11:42:23 AM
Both the agencies cut the credit rating due to the country ... The external debt rose a massive 481.87% in 2008 due to wasteful spending by Greek politicians. Most of the money went to fund social spending and high wages paid to public workers many ...
A great new way for the IMF to help debt-laden countries without forcing them to default
Quartz - 6/23/2014 6:54:38 AM
Without a debt restructuring in ... Given the risks the world faced, they arguably had little choice: the constraints they had earlier put on themselves were simply too tight. Many IMF member countries have argued, however, that this change was both ...