* indicates monthly or quarterly data series
South Korea: Government spending as percent of GDP: For that indicator, The World Bank provides data for South Korea from 1970 to 2017. The average value for South Korea during that period was 11.97 percent with a minumum of 8.91 percent in 1973 and a maximum of 15.33 percent in 2017. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
The government size of South Korea and other countries is calculated as the total government spending as percent of GDP.
Definition: General government final consumption expenditure (formerly general government consumption) includes all government current expenditures for purchases of goods and services (including compensation of employees). It also includes most expenditures on national defense and security, but excludes government military expenditures that are part of government capital formation.