Liberia: Government debt

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Government debt as percent of GDP

 Latest value 53.90
 Year 2022
 Measure percent
 Data availability 2000 - 2022
 Average 202.79
 Min - Max 20.50 - 600.12
 Source International Monetary Fund (IMF)
For that indicator, we provide data for Liberia from 2000 to 2022. The average value for Liberia during that period was 202.79 percent with a minimum of 20.5 percent in 2012 and a maximum of 600.12 percent in 2003. The latest value from 2022 is 53.9 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
Liberia - Government debt - Recent values chart

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Liberia - Government debt - historical chart - 2000-2022

The government debt in Liberia 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
 Fiscal balance, percent of GDP -4.80 2022 percent
 Government debt 53.90 2022 percent
 Tax revenue 12.46 2013 percent
 Commercial tax rate 46.20 2019 percent
 Tax preparation time 140 2019 hours
 Number of taxes 33 2019 taxes
 Foreign aid 598.99 2021 million U.S. dollars
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