Sierra Leone: Government debt

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 Sierra Leone

Government debt as percent of GDP

 Latest value 80.02
 Year 2023
 Measure percent
 Data availability 2001 - 2023
 Average 82.07
 Min - Max 30.55 - 180.66
 Source International Monetary Fund (IMF)
For that indicator, we provide data for Sierra Leone from 2001 to 2023. The average value for Sierra Leone during that period was 82.07 percent with a minimum of 30.55 percent in 2013 and a maximum of 180.66 percent in 2001. The latest value from 2023 is 80.02 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2023 based on 49 countries is 69.20 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
Sierra Leone - Government debt - Recent values chart

Historical chart
Sierra Leone - Government debt - historical chart - 2001-2023




The government debt in Sierra Leone 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 11.68 2022 percent
 Government spending, in dollars 0.48 2022 billion U.S. dollars
 Fiscal balance, percent of GDP -4.80 2022 percent
 Government debt 80.02 2023 percent
 Commercial tax rate 30.70 2019 percent
 Tax preparation time 343 2019 hours
 Number of taxes 34 2019 taxes
 Foreign aid 696.76 2021 million U.S. dollars
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