Costa Rica: Government spending, percent of GDP

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 Costa Rica

Government spending as percent of GDP

 Latest value 15.4
 Year 2022
 Measure percent
 Data availability 1960 - 2022
 Average 14.62
 Min - Max 10.35 - 18.22
 Source The World Bank
For that indicator, we provide data for Costa Rica from 1960 to 2022. The average value for Costa Rica during that period was 14.62 percent with a minimum of 10.35 percent in 1960 and a maximum of 18.22 percent in 1980. The latest value from 2022 is 15.4 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2022 based on 142 countries is 16.27 percent. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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Costa Rica - Government spending, percent of GDP - recent values

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Costa Rica - Government spending, percent of GDP - historical chart - 1960-2022




The government size of Costa Rica and other countries is calculated as the total government spending as percent of GDP.
Definition: General government final consumption expenditure (formerly general government consumption) includes all government current expenditures for purchases of goods and services (including compensation of employees). It also includes most expenditures on national defense and security, but excludes government military expenditures that are part of government capital formation.


 Related indicators Latest value Reference Measure
 Government spending, percent of GDP 15.40 2022 percent
 Government spending, in dollars 10.66 2022 billion U.S. dollars
 Fiscal balance, percent of GDP -4.20 2021 percent
 Government debt 82.36 2022 percent
 Government expenditure 1,664.70 Q3/2023 billion
 Tax revenue 14.00 2021 percent
 Commercial tax rate 58.30 2019 percent
 Tax preparation time 151 2019 hours
 Number of taxes 10 2019 taxes
 Taxes on goods and services 28.47 2021 percent
 Taxes on international trade 4.29 2021 percent
 Income and profits taxes 17.65 2021 percent
 Foreign aid 77.87 2021 million U.S. dollars
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