External debt as percentage of gross domestic product in Latin America in 2018, by country
Latin America: foreign debt as share of GDP 2018, by country
Argentina is the Latin American country with the highest foreign debt in relation to its gross domestic product (GDP). The total debt held by Argentina's central government to foreign creditors represented almost 42 percent of the country's GDP in 2018. El Salvador ranked second among the countries shown in this statistic, with an external debt equivalent to 33 percent of its GDP. In that same year, Argentina was also the country with the highest share of public debt in relation to its GDP in Latin America.
External debt as percentage of gross domestic product in Latin America in 2018, by country
Foreign debt as share of GDP
Argentina41.8%
El Salvador33.2%
Ecuador32.6%
Nicaragua32.6%
Panama31.6%
Uruguay31.4%
Honduras29.6%
Dominican Republic26.6%
Bolivia22.6%
Haiti21.5%
Colombia 16.8%
Costa Rica14.8%
Paraguay14%
Guatemala10.8%
Brazil9.8%
Mexico8.1%
Peru7.5%
Chile5.3%
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Source

Release date

August 2019

Region

Central and South America, Mexico

Survey time period

2018

Special properties

Foreign debt held by the central governments

Supplementary notes

Data for Cuba, Guyana, Suriname, Venezuela or Caribbean countries other than those shown in this graph was either outdated or unavailable.

Latin America: foreign debt as share of GDP 2018, by country
Argentina is the Latin American country with the highest foreign debt in relation to its gross domestic product (GDP). The total debt held by Argentina's central government to foreign creditors represented almost 42 percent of the country's GDP in 2018. El Salvador ranked second among the countries shown in this statistic, with an external debt equivalent to 33 percent of its GDP. In that same year, Argentina was also the country with the highest share of public debt in relation to its GDP in Latin America.
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