Interest payments (% of revenue) - Country Ranking

Definition: Interest payments include interest payments on government debt--including long-term bonds, long-term loans, and other debt instruments--to domestic and foreign residents.

Source: International Monetary Fund, Government Finance Statistics Yearbook and data files.

See also: Thematic map, Time series comparison

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Lebanon 45.70 2017
2 Sri Lanka 44.10 2018
3 Egypt 33.25 2015
4 Brazil 32.18 2017
5 Ghana 27.15 2015
6 Barbados 26.17 2015
7 Zambia 24.15 2017
8 Jamaica 24.11 2017
9 India 23.69 2017
10 Malawi 18.89 2018
11 Bangladesh 18.46 2016
12 Dominican Republic 17.00 2018
13 Angola 16.54 2017
14 Mongolia 16.03 2017
15 The Bahamas 15.37 2018
16 United States 15.31 2018
17 The Gambia 15.18 2009
18 Uganda 14.52 2018
19 Mexico 14.50 2018
20 Gabon 14.31 2018
21 St. Lucia 13.64 2017
22 Spain 13.63 2017
23 Costa Rica 13.47 2018
24 Guatemala 13.43 2016
25 Kenya 13.24 2017
26 Papua New Guinea 13.16 2018
27 Malaysia 13.12 2018
28 Indonesia 12.99 2017
29 Philippines 12.32 2018
30 Mozambique 12.05 2018
31 Argentina 11.81 2017
32 Jordan 11.53 2017
33 Japan 11.46 2017
34 South Africa 11.38 2017
35 El Salvador 10.86 2017
36 Colombia 10.39 2017
37 Tanzania 10.35 2018
38 Portugal 10.19 2017
39 Armenia 10.18 2018
40 Ukraine 10.09 2018
41 Fiji 9.94 2018
42 Togo 9.90 2018
43 Namibia 9.84 2018
44 Dem. Rep. Congo 9.79 1989
45 Côte d'Ivoire 9.70 2017
46 Italy 9.55 2017
47 Belize 9.44 2017
48 Morocco 9.42 2018
49 Turkey 9.08 2018
50 Myanmar 8.85 2017
51 Seychelles 8.63 2016
52 Albania 8.58 2018
53 Burundi 8.42 1996
54 Uruguay 8.22 2018
55 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 8.14 2017
56 Bolivia 7.99 2007
57 Cabo Verde 7.96 2017
58 Iceland 7.78 2018
59 Honduras 7.73 2015
60 United Kingdom 7.48 2017
61 Greece 7.47 2018
62 Guinea 7.40 1992
63 Niger 7.23 1980
64 Israel 7.21 2018
65 Senegal 7.01 2015
66 Mauritius 6.80 2018
67 Hungary 6.71 2017
68 Ireland 6.67 2018
69 Croatia 6.67 2017
70 Cyprus 6.66 2017
71 Peru 6.54 2017
72 Slovenia 6.46 2017
73 Nicaragua 6.28 2018
74 Canada 5.97 2018
75 Kazakhstan 5.73 2018
76 Burkina Faso 5.72 2018
77 Tunisia 5.60 2012
78 Trinidad and Tobago 5.59 2015
79 Cameroon 5.53 2017
80 Madagascar 5.45 2018
81 Belgium 5.40 2017
82 Zimbabwe 5.40 2017
83 Belarus 5.38 2017
84 Thailand 5.15 2018
85 Sudan 5.13 2016
86 Serbia 5.12 2012
87 Tajikistan 5.09 2004
88 Ethiopia 4.96 2018
89 St. Kitts and Nevis 4.88 2017
90 Georgia 4.84 2018
91 Malta 4.78 2017
92 Bhutan 4.70 2017
93 Romania 4.65 2017
94 Poland 4.42 2017
95 Mali 4.35 2017
96 North Macedonia 4.28 2018
97 Austria 4.13 2017
98 Chile 4.12 2018
99 Central African Republic 4.10 2016
100 Lithuania 4.09 2017
101 Korea 4.00 2017
102 Rwanda 3.88 2017
103 France 3.86 2017
104 Australia 3.71 2018
105 Guinea-Bissau 3.66 2017
106 Slovak Republic 3.65 2017
107 New Zealand 3.57 2018
108 Kyrgyz Republic 3.45 2018
109 Bahrain 3.43 2004
110 Latvia 3.32 2017
111 Paraguay 3.24 2017
112 China 2.92 2016
113 Moldova 2.80 2018
114 Denmark 2.62 2017
115 Congo 2.60 2016
116 Iraq 2.58 2016
117 Finland 2.52 2017
118 Vanuatu 2.48 2018
119 Netherlands 2.47 2017
120 Russia 2.36 2018
121 Bulgaria 2.34 2017
122 Equatorial Guinea 2.34 2017
123 Samoa 2.30 2018
124 Czech Republic 2.25 2017
125 Lesotho 2.20 2017
126 Azerbaijan 2.01 2017
127 Germany 1.95 2017
128 Tonga 1.95 2017
129 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1.72 2018
130 Botswana 1.62 2018
131 Cambodia 1.56 2018
132 Nepal 1.56 2017
133 Saudi Arabia 1.31 2017
134 San Marino 1.27 2016
135 Switzerland 0.95 2018
136 Sweden 0.93 2017
137 Benin 0.83 1979
138 Luxembourg 0.82 2017
139 Norway 0.76 2018
140 Liberia 0.74 2012
141 Iran 0.57 2009
142 Palau 0.35 2018
143 Uzbekistan 0.28 2018
144 Solomon Islands 0.22 2018
145 Estonia 0.21 2017
146 Kiribati 0.12 2017
147 Afghanistan 0.11 2017
148 Kuwait 0.03 2007
149 Macao SAR, China 0.01 1998
150 Timor-Leste 0.01 2015
151 Singapore 0.00 2018

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Limitations and Exceptions: For most countries central government finance data have been consolidated into one account, but for others only budgetary central government accounts are available. Countries reporting budgetary data are noted in the country metadata. Because budgetary accounts may not include all central government units (such as social security funds), they usually provide an incomplete picture. In federal states the central government accounts provide an incomplete view of total public finance. Data on government revenue and expense are collected by the IMF through questionnaires to member countries and by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Despite IMF efforts to standardize data collection, statistics are often incomplete, untimely, and not comparable across countries.

Statistical Concept and Methodology: The IMF's Government Finance Statistics Manual 2014, harmonized with the 2008 SNA, recommends an accrual accounting method, focusing on all economic events affecting assets, liabilities, revenues, and expenses, not just those represented by cash transactions. It accounts for all changes in stocks, so stock data at the end of an accounting period equal stock data at the beginning of the period plus flows over the period. The 1986 manual considered only debt stocks. Government finance statistics are reported in local currency. Many countries report government finance data by fiscal year; see country metadata for information on fiscal year end by country.

Aggregation method: Median

Periodicity: Annual