Botswana: Government debt

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 Botswana

Government debt as percent of GDP

 Latest value 19.60
 Year 2020
 Measure percent
 Data availability 1998 - 2020
 Average 15.67
 Min - Max 5.98 - 27.10
 Source Bank of Botswana
For that indicator, we provide data for Botswana from 1998 to 2020. The average value for Botswana during that period was 15.67 percent with a minimum of 5.98 percent in 2006 and a maximum of 27.1 percent in 2012. The latest value from 2020 is 19.6 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2020 based on 179 countries is 66.10 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
Botswana - Government debt - Recent values chart

Historical chart
Botswana - Government debt - historical chart - 1998-2020




The government debt in Botswana 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 27.66 2022 percent
 Government spending, in dollars 5.63 2022 billion U.S. dollars
 Fiscal balance, percent of GDP -1.00 2022 percent
 Government debt 19.60 2020 percent
 Government expenditure 19.57 Q3/2023 billion
 Tax revenue 22.25 2021 percent
 Commercial tax rate 25.10 2019 percent
 Tax preparation time 120 2019 hours
 Number of taxes 34 2019 taxes
 Taxes on goods and services 16.92 2021 percent
 Taxes on international trade 20.70 2021 percent
 Income and profits taxes 29.85 2021 percent
 Foreign aid 96.43 2021 million U.S. dollars
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