Government debt - country rankings

(measure: percent; source: The World Bank)

Government debt - country data from around the world:

The average for 2013 was 75.53 percent. The highest value was in Japan: 201.57 percent and the lowest value was in Estonia: 0.63 percent. Below is a chart for all countries where data are available for: Government debt.

World bank definition: Debt is the entire stock of direct government fixed-term contractual obligations to others outstanding on a particular date. It includes domestic and foreign liabilities such as currency and money deposits, securities other than shares, and loans. It is the gross amount of government liabilities reduced by the amount of equity and financial derivatives held by the government. Because debt is a stock rather than a flow, it is measured as of a given date, usually the last day of the fiscal year.