Guinea-Bissau: Government debt

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 Guinea-Bissau

Government debt as percent of GDP

 Latest value 80.35
 Year 2022
 Measure percent
 Data availability 1997 - 2022
 Average 114.11
 Min - Max 45.62 - 217.14
 Source International Monetary Fund (IMF)
For that indicator, we provide data for Guinea-Bissau from 1997 to 2022. The average value for Guinea-Bissau during that period was 114.11 percent with a minimum of 45.62 percent in 2011 and a maximum of 217.14 percent in 2000. The latest value from 2022 is 80.35 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
Guinea-Bissau - Government debt - recent values

Historical chart
Guinea-Bissau - Government debt - historical chart - 1997-2022




The government debt in Guinea-Bissau 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 16.51 2020 percent
 Government spending, in dollars 0.24 2020 billion U.S. dollars
 Fiscal balance, percent of GDP -6.30 2022 percent
 Government debt 80.35 2022 percent
 Tax revenue 9.46 2019 percent
 Commercial tax rate 45.50 2019 percent
 Tax preparation time 218 2019 hours
 Number of taxes 46 2019 taxes
 Taxes on goods and services 23.41 2019 percent
 Taxes on international trade 18.22 2019 percent
 Income and profits taxes 18.49 2019 percent
 Foreign aid 166.12 2021 million U.S. dollars
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