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Government spending as percent of GDP, 2020 - Country rankings:

The average for 2020 based on 161 countries was 17.91 percent.The highest value was in Libya: 56.85 percent and the lowest value was in Chad: 4.74 percent. The indicator is available from 1960 to 2021. Below is a chart for all countries where data are available.

Measure: percent; Source: The World Bank
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Countries Government spending, percent of GDP, 2020 Global rank Available data
Libya 56.85 1 1990 - 2021
Botswana 35.66 2 1960 - 2020
Lesotho 34.26 3 1960 - 2020
Burundi 31.34 4 1960 - 2021
Seychelles 30.33 5 1976 - 2021
Faroe Isl. 29.79 6 1998 - 2020
Eq. Guinea 29.41 7 2005 - 2021
Saudi Arabia 28.86 8 1968 - 2021
Aruba 28.37 9 1995 - 2020
Sudan 28.09 10 1960 - 2021
Oman 27.76 11 1967 - 2020
Iceland 27.71 12 1970 - 2021
Namibia 27.07 13 1980 - 2021
Sweden 26.73 14 1960 - 2021
Norway 26.55 15 1970 - 2021
Netherlands 25.95 16 1969 - 2021
Macao 25.58 17 1982 - 2021
Brunei 25.43 18 1974 - 2021
France 25.07 19 1960 - 2021
Belgium 24.7 20 1970 - 2021
Denmark 24.66 21 1966 - 2021
Finland 24.29 22 1970 - 2021
Croatia 23.95 23 1995 - 2021
Tonga 23.83 24 1975 - 2020
Israel 23.73 25 1995 - 2021
Qatar 23.59 26 1994 - 2020
Palestine 23.43 27 1994 - 2021
Swaziland 22.82 28 1960 - 2020
Greece 22.77 29 1960 - 2021
Canada 22.65 30 1961 - 2021
Maldives 22.64 31 2014 - 2020
Montenegro 22.6 32 2000 - 2021
Euro area 22.55 33 1970 - 2021
Germany 22.41 34 1970 - 2021
UK 22.22 35 1960 - 2021
Iraq 22.09 36 1970 - 2020
Tunisia 22.02 37 1965 - 2021
Spain 21.86 38 1970 - 2021
Czechia 21.63 39 1990 - 2021
San Marino 21.62 40 2015 - 2020
Slovakia 21.46 41 1990 - 2021
Estonia 21.25 42 1995 - 2021
Austria 21.2 43 1970 - 2021
Malta 21.1 44 1970 - 2021
Japan 21.03 45 1970 - 2020
Hungary 20.99 46 1991 - 2021
Mozambique 20.94 47 1991 - 2020
Bhutan 20.91 48 1980 - 2020
Morocco 20.88 49 1960 - 2021
Australia 20.86 50 1960 - 2021
Bosnia & Herz. 20.81 51 2000 - 2021
Italy 20.76 52 1970 - 2021
Latvia 20.66 53 1995 - 2021
Cape Verde 20.65 54 2007 - 2021
South Africa 20.65 55 1960 - 2021
New Zealand 20.63 56 1971 - 2020
Slovenia 20.56 57 1995 - 2021
Brazil 20.48 58 1960 - 2021
Fiji 20.14 59 1980 - 2021
Algeria 20.11 60 1960 - 2021
Russia 20.03 61 1988 - 2021
Cyprus 19.87 62 1975 - 2021
Bolivia 19.74 63 1960 - 2021
Djibouti 19.61 64 2013 - 2020
Bulgaria 19.49 65 1980 - 2021
El Salvador 19.38 66 1965 - 2021
Ant.& Barb. 19.34 67 1993 - 2020
Ukraine 19.3 68 1989 - 2021
Kyrgyzstan 19.29 69 1987 - 2021
Poland 19.2 70 1995 - 2021
Portugal 19.15 71 1970 - 2021
Romania 18.81 72 1990 - 2021
Lithuania 18.52 73 1995 - 2021
Jordan 18.43 74 1976 - 2021
Mauritius 18.42 75 1976 - 2021
Luxembourg 18.33 76 1970 - 2021
South Korea 18.06 77 1960 - 2021
Burma 17.84 78 2011 - 2021
Thailand 17.84 79 1960 - 2021
Costa Rica 17.65 80 1960 - 2021
Serbia 17.49 81 1995 - 2021
Colombia 17.17 82 1960 - 2021
China 17.13 83 1960 - 2020
Bahrain 17.1 84 1980 - 2020
Jamaica 16.99 85 1960 - 2021
Moldova 16.98 86 1995 - 2021
Belarus 16.96 87 1990 - 2021
Panama 16.89 88 1960 - 2020
Bahamas 16.72 89 1977 - 2021
North Macedonia 16.64 90 1990 - 2021
G.-Bissau 16.51 91 1970 - 2020
Rwanda 16.37 92 1960 - 2021
Ecuador 16.36 93 1960 - 2021
Azerbaijan 16.22 94 1990 - 2021
Uzbekistan 16.18 95 1992 - 2021
Peru 16.07 96 1960 - 2021
Armenia 16.04 97 1990 - 2021
Chile 16.04 98 1960 - 2021
Mali 15.81 99 1967 - 2021
Mongolia 15.81 100 1981 - 2021
Lebanon 15.67 101 1989 - 2020
Niger 15.6 102 1960 - 2021
Argentina 15.53 103 1960 - 2021
Belize 15.47 104 1980 - 2021
Madagascar 15.47 105 1960 - 2021
Philippines 15.26 106 1981 - 2021
Turkey 15.18 107 1960 - 2021
Nicaragua 14.98 108 1960 - 2021
Honduras 14.97 109 1960 - 2021
USA 14.73 110 1970 - 2020
Georgia 14.71 111 1980 - 2021
Zambia 14.71 112 2010 - 2020
Senegal 14.7 113 1960 - 2021
Iran 14.46 114 1960 - 2020
Guinea 14.29 115 1986 - 2021
UA Emirates 14.07 116 2001 - 2020
Togo 13.81 117 1960 - 2021
Gabon 13.17 118 1960 - 2021
Bermuda 13.04 119 2010 - 2021
Malaysia 12.99 120 1960 - 2021
Mauritania 12.8 121 1966 - 2020
Kazakhstan 12.74 122 1992 - 2020
Hong Kong 12.7 123 1960 - 2021
Ireland 12.65 124 1970 - 2021
Paraguay 12.64 125 1962 - 2021
Domin. Rep. 12.63 126 1960 - 2021
Mexico 12.56 127 1960 - 2021
Barbados 12.52 128 1975 - 2020
Kenya 12.48 129 1960 - 2021
Cameroon 12.34 130 1965 - 2020
Singapore 12.33 131 1960 - 2021
India 12.09 132 1960 - 2021
Albania 11.87 133 1980 - 2021
Switzerland 11.87 134 1980 - 2021
Pakistan 11.79 135 1960 - 2021
Tajikistan 11.57 136 1993 - 2020
Guatemala 11.54 137 1960 - 2021
Benin 11.4 138 1960 - 2020
Ivory Coast 10.65 139 1960 - 2021
Comoros 10.57 140 1980 - 2021
Sri Lanka 10.33 141 1960 - 2021
C.A. Republic 9.68 142 1960 - 2021
Indonesia 9.55 143 1960 - 2021
Uganda 9.51 144 1960 - 2021
Somalia 9.49 145 1960 - 2021
Ethiopia 9.13 146 2011 - 2021
Nepal 9.07 147 1975 - 2021
Gambia 8.9 148 1977 - 2021
Nigeria 8.71 149 1981 - 2021
Angola 8.2 150 2001 - 2021
Tanzania 8.15 151 1990 - 2021
Sierra Leone 8.09 152 1964 - 2020
Egypt 7.92 153 1960 - 2021
Ghana 7.83 154 1960 - 2021
Zimbabwe 7.76 155 1960 - 2020
Puerto Rico 7.63 156 1960 - 2020
DR Congo 7.58 157 1994 - 2021
Haiti 7.31 158 2000 - 2021
Bangladesh 5.97 159 1960 - 2021
Cambodia 5.39 160 1960 - 2021
Chad 4.74 161 1960 - 2021


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.
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35.66
34.26
31.34
30.33
29.79
29.41
28.86
28.37
28.09
27.76
27.71
27.07
26.73
26.55
25.95
25.58
25.43
25.07
24.70
24.66
24.29
23.95
23.83
23.73
23.59
23.43
22.82
22.77
22.65
22.64
22.60
22.55
22.41
22.22
22.09
22.02
21.86
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21.46
21.25
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20.99
20.94
20.91
20.88
20.86
20.81
20.76
20.66
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20.65
20.63
20.56
20.48
20.14
20.11
20.03
19.87
19.74
19.61
19.49
19.38
19.34
19.30
19.29
19.20
19.15
18.81
18.52
18.43
18.42
18.33
18.06
17.84
17.84
17.65
17.49
17.17
17.13
17.10
16.99
16.98
16.96
16.89
16.72
16.64
16.51
16.37
16.36
16.22
16.18
16.07
16.04
16.04
15.81
15.81
15.67
15.60
15.53
15.47
15.47
15.26
15.18
14.98
14.97
14.73
14.71
14.71
14.70
14.46
14.29
14.07
13.81
13.17
13.04
12.99
12.80
12.74
12.70
12.65
12.64
12.63
12.56
12.52
12.48
12.34
12.33
12.09
11.87
11.87
11.79
11.57
11.54
11.40
10.65
10.57
10.33
9.68
9.55
9.51
9.49
9.13
9.07
8.90
8.71
8.20
8.15
8.09
7.92
7.83
7.76
7.63
7.58
7.31
5.97
5.39
4.74
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