Government debt to GDP down to 86.3% in the Euro area (Eurozone) and down to 81% in the European Union

At the end of the second quarter of 2018, the government debt to GDP ratio in the Euro area (EA19) or Eurozone stood at 86.3% and in the European Union (EU28) the ratio stood at 81%.

EU Debt to GDP October 2018
Source: Eurostat

Government debt at the end of the second quarter 2018 by Member State

The highest ratios of government debt to GDP at the end of the second quarter of 2018 were recorded in Greece (179.7%), Italy (133.1%) and Portugal (124.9%), and the lowest in Estonia (8.3%), Luxembourg (22.0%) and Bulgaria (23.8%).

EU Debt to GDP October by Country 2018
Source: Eurostat

Compared with the second quarter of 2017, three Member States registered an increase in their debt to GDP ratio at the end of the second quarter of 2018, and twenty-five a decrease. An increase in the ratio was recorded in Greece (+3.5%), the United Kingdom (+0.3%) and Slovakia (+0.1%), while the largest decreases were recorded in Slovenia (-7.4%), Lithuania (-6.5%), Ireland (-6.4%), Portugal (-5.9%) and Malta (-5.5%).

EU Debt to GDP October by Country 2018 vs 2017
Source: Eurostat

Compare that to Government Debt to GDP of 105% (and growing quickly) for the United States … (Related: Don’t rule out high or hyper inflation in the road ahead)

Federal Debt as Percentage of GDP

The Euro Area (EA19) consists of Belgium, Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia and Finland.

The European Union (EU28) currently includes Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Greece, Spain, France, Croatia, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

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Gross and net debt of every country as percentage of GDP for 2017

Gross debt as percentage (%) of GDP (2017)
Source: International Monetary Fund

Borrowing or surplus of every country as % of GDP for 2017

Government budget surplus or borrowing as % of GDP
Source: International Monetary Fund

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