Guatemala: Government debt

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Government debt as percent of GDP

 Latest value 27.45
 Year 2022
 Measure percent
 Data availability 2007 - 2022
 Average 25.28
 Min - Max 19.48 - 31.12
 Source Central American Monetary Council
For that indicator, we provide data for Guatemala from 2007 to 2022. The average value for Guatemala during that period was 25.28 percent with a minimum of 19.48 percent in 2008 and a maximum of 31.12 percent in 2020. The latest value from 2022 is 27.45 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2022 based on 161 countries is 61.64 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
Guatemala - Government debt - Recent values chart

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Guatemala - Government debt - historical chart - 2007-2022

The government debt in Guatemala 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 11.52 2022 percent
 Government spending, in dollars 10.94 2022 billion U.S. dollars
 Fiscal balance, percent of GDP -1.71 2022 percent
 Government debt 27.45 2022 percent
 Government expenditure 23.10 Q3/2023 billion
 Tax revenue 11.61 2021 percent
 Commercial tax rate 35.20 2019 percent
 Tax preparation time 248 2019 hours
 Number of taxes 8 2019 taxes
 Taxes on goods and services 52.95 2021 percent
 Taxes on international trade 4.36 2021 percent
 Income and profits taxes 33.67 2021 percent
 Foreign aid 511.26 2021 million U.S. dollars
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