Belgium: Government debt

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 Belgium

Government debt as percent of GDP

 Latest value 105.20
 Year 2023
 Measure percent
 Data availability 1995 - 2023
 Average 105.82
 Min - Max 87.30 - 131.30
 Source Eurostat
For that indicator, we provide data for Belgium from 1995 to 2023. The average value for Belgium during that period was 105.82 percent with a minimum of 87.3 percent in 2007 and a maximum of 131.3 percent in 1995. The latest value from 2023 is 105.2 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2023 based on 84 countries is 68.39 percent. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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Recent values chart
Belgium - Government debt - Recent values chart

Historical chart
Belgium - Government debt - historical chart - 1995-2023




The government debt in Belgium and other countries is calculated as the total amount owed by the national government to domestic and international lenders. It is reported as percent of GDP so that we can evaluate its magnitude relative to the size of the economy.

Government debt of about 60 percent or less of GDP is not considered a problem. The government can make payments without strain and even has some room to borrow more. If debt levels reach 80-90 percent that may have negative effects on the economy. Debt above 120 percent of GDP is quite detrimental.
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.

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 Government spending, percent of GDP 23.80 2022 percent
 Government spending, in dollars 153.28 2023 billion U.S. dollars
 Fiscal balance, percent of GDP -4.40 2023 percent
 Government debt 105.20 2023 percent
 Government expenditure 33.51 Q3/2023 billion
 Long-term government bond yield 3.32 9/2023 percent
 Tax revenue 23.10 2021 percent
 Commercial tax rate 55.40 2019 percent
 Tax preparation time 136 2019 hours
 Number of taxes 11 2019 taxes
 Taxes on goods and services 27.01 2021 percent
 Income and profits taxes 33.61 2021 percent
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