Gross government debt in advanced economies 2001-2018

In 2018, the United States had the highest gross government debt of any country, amounting to some 21.68 trillion U.S. dollars. However, in terms of government debt as a share of GDP, Japan carries a far higher government debt load than the U.S.

Gross government debt in advanced economies from 2001 to 2018

FranceGermanyJapanUnited KingdomUnited States
2018*2.582.2511.832.3321.68
20172.512.3311.642.2620.7
2016 2.42.3911.512.1919.99
2015 2.342.4111.182.1119.07
2014 2.272.4411.022.0318.3
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Source

Release date

2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2014 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* Projection for France, Japan and the United States.
Exchange rate for France and Germany as of May 23, 2019, 1 EUR = 1.11402 U.S. dollar.
Exchange rate for Japan as of May 23, 2019, 1 JPY = 0.00908590 U.S. dollar.
Exchange rate for the U.K. as of May 23, 2019, 1 GBP = 1.2644 USD
Values have been rounded.

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