Bhutan: Government debt

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 Bhutan

Government debt as percent of GDP

 Latest value 127.33
 Year 2022
 Measure percent
 Data availability 1993 - 2022
 Average 78.72
 Min - Max 35.71 - 132.42
 Source International Monetary Fund (IMF)
For that indicator, we provide data for Bhutan from 1993 to 2022. The average value for Bhutan during that period was 78.72 percent with a minimum of 35.71 percent in 1997 and a maximum of 132.42 percent in 2021. The latest value from 2022 is 127.33 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2022 based on 134 countries is 64.50 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
Bhutan - Government debt - recent values

Historical chart
Bhutan - Government debt - historical chart - 1993-2022




The government debt in Bhutan 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.


 Related indicators Latest value Reference Measure
 Government spending, percent of GDP 22.67 2021 percent
 Government spending, in dollars 0.63 2021 billion U.S. dollars
 Fiscal balance, percent of GDP -7.80 2022 percent
 Government debt 127.33 2022 percent
 Tax revenue 12.28 2020 percent
 Commercial tax rate 35.30 2019 percent
 Tax preparation time 52 2019 hours
 Number of taxes 18 2019 taxes
 Taxes on goods and services 17.93 2020 percent
 Taxes on international trade 2.87 2020 percent
 Income and profits taxes 19.94 2020 percent
 Foreign aid 126.88 2021 million U.S. dollars
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