Hong Kong: Government debt

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 Hong Kong

Government debt as percent of GDP

 Latest value 4.27
 Year 2022
 Measure percent
 Data availability 2001 - 2022
 Average 0.81
 Min - Max 0 - 4.27
 Source International Monetary Fund (IMF)
For that indicator, we provide data for Hong Kong from 2001 to 2022. The average value for Hong Kong during that period was 0.81 percent with a minimum of 0 percent in 2001 and a maximum of 4.27 percent in 2022. The latest value from 2022 is 4.27 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
Hong Kong - Government debt - recent values

Historical chart
Hong Kong - Government debt - historical chart - 2001-2022




The government debt in Hong Kong 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 14.33 2022 percent
 Government spending, in dollars 51.56 2022 billion U.S. dollars
 Fiscal balance, percent of GDP -1.80 2023 percent
 Government debt 4.27 2022 percent
 Government expenditure 97.17 Q3/2023 billion
 Commercial tax rate 21.90 2019 percent
 Tax preparation time 35 2019 hours
 Number of taxes 3 2019 taxes
 Foreign aid 6.95 2004 million U.S. dollars
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