Bulgaria: Bank credit to the private sector

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 Bulgaria

Bank credit to the private sector as percent of GDP

 Latest value 44.83
 Year 2022
 Measure percent
 Data availability 1991 - 2022
 Average 46.38
 Min - Max 8.54 - 82.80
 Source The World Bank
For that indicator, we provide data for Bulgaria from 1991 to 2022. The average value for Bulgaria during that period was 46.38 percent with a minimum of 8.54 percent in 1997 and a maximum of 82.8 percent in 1991. The latest value from 2022 is 44.83 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2022 based on 148 countries is 54.21 percent. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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Bulgaria - Bank credit to the private sector - Recent values chart

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Bulgaria - Bank credit to the private sector - historical chart - 1991-2022




Bank credit in Bulgaria and other countries is defined as the credit extended by the banking institutions to the private sector only: both firms and households. It does not include lending to the government.

Credit is essential for the economy to function well. It funds new investments and allows people to purchase houses, cars, and other items. Of course, excessive lending and borrowing usually end up in financial crises but, in principle, credit availability is good for economic development.

If the banking credit to the private sector is about 70 percent of GDP and more, then the country has a relatively well developed financial system. The amount of credit can even exceed 200 percent of GDP in some very advanced economies. In some poor countries, the credit could be less than 15 percent of GDP. In these countries, firms and households essentially do not have access to credit for investment and various purchases.
Definition: Domestic credit to private sector by banks refers to financial resources provided to the private sector by other depository corporations (deposit taking corporations except central banks), such as through loans, purchases of nonequity securities, and trade credits and other accounts receivable, that establish a claim for repayment. For some countries these claims include credit to public enterprises.

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