Gross Public Debt, Expenditures, and Receipts, by Country: 1990 to 2006

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The Statistical Abstract files are distributed by the US Census Department as Microsoft Excel files. These files have data mixed with notes and references, multiple tables per sheet, and, worst of all, the table headers are not easily matched to their rows and columns.

A few files had extraneous characters in the title. These were corrected to be consistent. A few files have a sheet of crufty gibberish in the first slot. The sheet order was shuffled but no data were changed.

The tables that were changed (this is table 1324):

0166 0257 0362 0429 0445 0446 0459 0461 0462 0464 0465 0466 0467
0469 0479 0480 0481 0482 0483 0484 0485 0486 0487 0559 0628 0629
1144 1227 1231

This dataset consists of a table of 40 rows and 68 columns.

Percent of nominal gross domestic product. Gross debt includes one-off revenues from the sale of mobile telephone licenses. Expenditures and receipts refer to the general government sector, which is a consolidation of accounts for the central, state, and local governments plus social security. Expenditures, or total outlays, are defined as current outlays plus capital outlays. Receipts cover current receipts, but exclude capital receipts. Non-tax receipts consist of property income (including dividends and other transfers from public enterprises), fees, charges, sales, fines, capital transfers received by the general government, etc.). Minus sign (-) indicates deficit


  1. Receipts exclude the operating surpluses of public enterprises, while expenditures include them.
  2. Includes substantial one-off revenues from the sale of the mobil telephone licenses.
  3. Do not include the assumption by the government of the debt of the railway company SNCB amounting
    to 2.5 percentage points of GDP.
  4. In 1995, expenditures data reflect the large privatization campaign which transferred some public
    enterprises to private ownership through vouchers distributed to the population. In 2003, the activation of
    State guarantees, mainly for the banking sector, accounts for about 6.4 percent of total outlays.
  5. The 1995 expenditures are net of the debt taken on from the Inherited Debt Funds.
  6. Outlays include a one-off refund of VAT receipts amounting to 0.9 percentage points of GDP.
  7. The 1998 expenditures would be 5.3 percentage points of GDP higher if it included central government’s
    assumption of the debt of the Japan Railway Settlement Corporation and the National Forest Special
    Account. The 2000 expenditures include capital transfers to the Deposit Insurance Company. Receipts include
    deferred tax payments on postal savings accounts in 2000, 2001, and 2002. In 2002, corporate pension
    funds were authorized to transfer back to the government the basic part of their employees’ pension
    scheme. This resulted in a capital transfer to the government which reduced the general government
    financial deficit by 0.1 percentage point of GDP in 2003, 1.2 pergentage points in 2004, and an estimated 1.0 in 2005 and 0.2 in 2006.
  8. The 1995 expenditures would be 4.9 percentage points of GDP higher if capital transfers to a housing
    agency offering rentals to low income people were taken into account.


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