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Government spending as percent of GDP, 2021 - Country rankings:

The average for 2021 based on 154 countries was 16.83 percent.The highest value was in the Seychelles: 36.52 percent and the lowest value was in Lebanon: 2.36 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, 2021 Global rank Available data
Seychelles 36.52 1 1976 - 2021
Botswana 33.24 2 1960 - 2021
Burundi 30.77 3 1960 - 2021
Tonga 30.7 4 1975 - 2021
Faroe Isl. 28.9 5 1998 - 2021
Iceland 27.45 6 1970 - 2021
Netherlands 26.3 7 1969 - 2021
Sweden 25.89 8 1960 - 2021
Namibia 25.37 9 1980 - 2021
Eq. Guinea 25.25 10 2005 - 2021
Cape Verde 24.47 11 2007 - 2021
Saudi Arabia 24.43 12 1968 - 2021
Finland 24.41 13 1970 - 2021
Denmark 24.3 14 1966 - 2021
France 24.25 15 1960 - 2021
Palestine 24.14 16 1994 - 2021
Belgium 24.01 17 1970 - 2021
Norway 23.38 18 1970 - 2021
Libya 22.77 19 1990 - 2021
Brunei 22.45 20 1974 - 2021
UK 22.38 21 1960 - 2021
Australia 22.3 22 1960 - 2021
Croatia 22.23 23 1995 - 2021
Germany 22.14 24 1970 - 2021
Oman 22.14 25 1967 - 2021
Israel 22.1 26 1995 - 2021
Madagascar 21.81 27 1960 - 2021
Macao 21.74 28 1982 - 2021
New Zealand 21.71 29 1971 - 2021
Canada 21.7 30 1961 - 2021
Austria 21.69 31 1970 - 2021
Bhutan 21.67 32 1980 - 2021
Greece 21.63 33 1960 - 2021
Aruba 21.6 34 1995 - 2021
Czechia 21.49 35 1990 - 2021
Slovakia 21.49 36 1990 - 2021
Spain 21.43 37 1970 - 2021
Japan 21.42 38 1970 - 2021
Tunisia 20.98 39 1965 - 2021
Hungary 20.89 40 1991 - 2021
Slovenia 20.64 41 1995 - 2021
Latvia 20.61 42 1995 - 2021
Malta 20.54 43 1970 - 2021
Iraq 20.43 44 1970 - 2021
Estonia 19.81 45 1995 - 2021
Italy 19.79 46 1970 - 2021
Montenegro 19.71 47 2000 - 2021
Burma 19.68 48 2011 - 2021
El Salvador 19.65 49 1965 - 2021
South Africa 19.65 50 1960 - 2021
Cyprus 19.59 51 1975 - 2021
Bosnia & Herz. 19.5 52 2000 - 2021
Bolivia 19.34 53 1960 - 2021
Swaziland 19.33 54 1960 - 2021
R. of Congo 19.12 55 1960 - 2021
Brazil 19.1 56 1960 - 2021
Mozambique 19.02 57 1991 - 2021
Bulgaria 18.94 58 1980 - 2021
Portugal 18.82 59 1970 - 2021
Poland 18.8 60 1995 - 2021
Jordan 18.77 61 1976 - 2021
Morocco 18.57 62 1960 - 2021
Thailand 18.18 63 1960 - 2021
South Korea 18.16 64 1960 - 2021
Ukraine 18.05 65 1989 - 2021
Maldives 17.84 66 2014 - 2021
Russia 17.77 67 1988 - 2021
Algeria 17.62 68 1960 - 2021
Kyrgyzstan 17.62 69 1987 - 2021
Lithuania 17.53 70 1995 - 2021
Luxembourg 17.46 71 1970 - 2021
Romania 17.44 72 1990 - 2021
Niger 17.34 73 1960 - 2021
Guinea 17.31 74 1986 - 2021
Zambia 17.1 75 2010 - 2021
Rwanda 16.96 76 1960 - 2021
Samoa 16.93 77 2014 - 2021
Mauritius 16.88 78 1976 - 2021
Serbia 16.85 79 1995 - 2021
Uzbekistan 16.7 80 1992 - 2021
Qatar 16.65 81 1994 - 2021
Moldova 16.64 82 1995 - 2021
Belarus 16.57 83 1990 - 2021
Colombia 16.32 84 1960 - 2021
Bahamas 16.29 85 1977 - 2021
Costa Rica 16.25 86 1960 - 2021
Belize 16.22 87 1980 - 2021
Mali 16.17 88 1967 - 2021
Jamaica 16.16 89 1960 - 2021
North Macedonia 16 90 1990 - 2021
China 15.92 91 1960 - 2021
Argentina 15.84 92 1960 - 2021
Armenia 15.79 93 1990 - 2021
Philippines 15.56 94 1981 - 2021
Panama 15.51 95 1960 - 2021
Ecuador 15.28 96 1960 - 2021
Zimbabwe 14.92 97 1960 - 2021
Mongolia 14.91 98 1981 - 2021
Mauritania 14.64 99 1966 - 2021
Honduras 14.62 100 1960 - 2021
Senegal 14.59 101 1960 - 2021
USA 14.38 102 1970 - 2021
Chile 14.36 103 1960 - 2021
Iran 14.23 104 1960 - 2021
Nicaragua 14.23 105 1960 - 2021
Georgia 14 106 1980 - 2021
Peru 14 107 1960 - 2021
Azerbaijan 13.43 108 1990 - 2021
Togo 13.24 109 1960 - 2021
Turkey 13.06 110 1960 - 2021
Barbados 12.92 111 1975 - 2021
Malaysia 12.71 112 1960 - 2021
Paraguay 12.55 113 1962 - 2021
Hong Kong 12.53 114 1960 - 2021
Bermuda 12.32 115 2010 - 2021
Ireland 12.26 116 1970 - 2021
Switzerland 12.13 117 1980 - 2021
Kenya 12.12 118 1960 - 2021
Mexico 12.04 119 1960 - 2021
Cameroon 11.96 120 1965 - 2021
Albania 11.76 121 1980 - 2021
Singapore 11.55 122 1960 - 2021
Domin. Rep. 11.47 123 1960 - 2021
Kazakhstan 11.43 124 1992 - 2021
Gabon 11.37 125 1960 - 2021
Guatemala 11.31 126 1960 - 2021
India 11.13 127 1960 - 2021
Sudan 10.96 128 1960 - 2021
Pakistan 10.94 129 1960 - 2021
Benin 10.38 130 1960 - 2021
Comoros 10.15 131 1980 - 2021
Ivory Coast 9.97 132 1960 - 2021
Ghana 9.95 133 1960 - 2021
Uganda 9.93 134 1960 - 2021
Gambia 9.81 135 1977 - 2021
Vietnam 9.61 136 1995 - 2021
Sri Lanka 9.39 137 1960 - 2021
Indonesia 9.14 138 1960 - 2021
C.A. Republic 9.09 139 1960 - 2021
Somalia 8.88 140 1960 - 2021
Ethiopia 8.84 141 2011 - 2021
Tanzania 8.52 142 1990 - 2021
Nepal 8.4 143 1975 - 2021
DR Congo 8.26 144 1994 - 2021
Angola 7.94 145 2001 - 2021
Egypt 7.94 146 1960 - 2021
Cambodia 7.65 147 1960 - 2021
Haiti 7.45 148 2000 - 2021
Sierra Leone 7.32 149 1964 - 2021
Puerto Rico 7.08 150 1960 - 2021
Bangladesh 5.88 151 1960 - 2021
Nigeria 5.11 152 1981 - 2021
Chad 4.68 153 1960 - 2021
Lebanon 2.36 154 1989 - 2021

Economic outlook around the world

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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27.45
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20.98
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18.82
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17.77
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16.00
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11.47
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