List of Gross External Debt by Country

External debt is the total  public (government) and private debt owed to non-residents repayable in internationally accepted currencies, goods, or services. This is gross (total) external debt. It does not measure net debt.

External debt is different to measures of public (government) debt. See: List of national debt by country.

Some countries with very high levels of external debt, also have very high levels of external credit. For example, Luxembourg, Switzerland and China have high levels of assets – i.e. they hold the external debt of other countries. In fact, they are net international creditors because there assets are greater than their debt levels.

Countries with large banking systems tend to have higher levels of external debt because they correspondingly hold more international assets. The problem comes when the assets they hold fall in value.

External debt can be problematic for developing countries if interest payments on their external debt levels impact on a countries ability to invest and spend on current public services.

List of External Debt by Country

1 Luxembourg3,443
2 Ireland1,008
3 Iceland999
4 United Kingdom406
5 Sao Tome and Principe349
6 Netherlands344
7 Hong Kong334
8 Belgium266
9 Guinea-Bissau259
10 Monaco[note 2]240
11  Switzerland229
12 Portugal223
13 Burundi202
14 Austria200
15 Sweden187
16 France182
17 Denmark180
18 Greece174
19 Spain167
20 Finland155
21 Congo, Republic of the155
22 Seychelles147
23 Latvia146
24 Germany142
25 Norway141
26 Cyprus129
27 New Zealand126
28 Congo, Democratic Republic of the122
29 Hungary115
30 Comoros115
31 Italy108
32 United States106
33 Zimbabwe103
34 Croatia99
35 Australia95
36 Jamaica92
37 Laos91
38 Bulgaria90
39 Lebanon88
40 Mali88
41 Estonia87
42 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines85
43 Kyrgyzstan81
44 Serbia80
45 Lithuania80
46 Moldova79
47 Niger79
48 Saint Kitts and Nevis79
49 Belize75
50 Dominica75
51 Grenada74
52 Malta72
53 Ukraine71
54 Kazakhstan68
55 Slovakia68
56 Guinea68
57 Central African Republic68
58 Romania67
59 Bahrain65
60 Canada64
61 Iraq64
62 Bhutan64
63 Nicaragua62
64 Sierra Leone61
65 Japan60
66 Republic of Macedonia60
67 Eritrea58
68 Armenia56
69 Djibouti56
70 Qatar55
71 Sudan55
72 Georgia54.8
73 Marshall Islands54
74 El Salvador53
75 Panama52
76 Mauritius52
77 Cape Verde52
78 Cote d’Ivoire51
79 Mozambique50
80 Maldives50
81 Gambia, The50
82 Turkey48
83 Bosnia and Herzegovina48
84 Slovenia47.6
85 Poland47
86 Samoa47
87 Czech Republic45
88 Belarus45
89 Solomon Islands44
90 Kuwait43
91 Benin43
92 Israel42
93 Tunisia42
94 Guatemala42
95 Guyana42
96 United Arab Emirates41
97 Mongolia41
98 Chile38
99 China37.5
100 Korea, South37
101 Cambodia37
102 Sri Lanka36
103 Madagascar36
104 Antigua and Barbuda36
105   Nepal35
106 Tajikistan35
107 Cuba34
108 Uruguay33
109 Tanzania33
110 Tonga33
111 Philippines32
112 Vietnam32
113 Saint Lucia32
114 Malaysia31
115 Pakistan30
116 Senegal30
117 Lesotho30
118 Indonesia28
119 Suriname28
120 Thailand26
121 Ecuador25
122 Dominican Republic25
123 Kenya25
124 Turkmenistan25
125 Micronesia, Federated States of25
126 Costa Rica24
127 Malawi24
128 Montenegro24
129 Russia23
130 South Africa23
131 Bangladesh23
132 Yemen23
133 Albania23
134 Honduras23
135 Burkina Faso23
136 Peru22
137 Morocco22
138 Zambia22
139 Barbados22
140 Afghanistan22
141 Liberia22
142 Vanuatu22
143 Angola21
144 Ghana21
145 Trinidad and Tobago21
146 Chad21
147 Aruba21
148 India20
149 Mexico20
150 Colombia20
151 Namibia20
152 Saudi Arabia19
153 Venezuela19
154 Gabon18
155 Burma17
156 Uganda17
157 Oman16
158 Papua New Guinea16
159 Botswana16
160 Brazil15
161 Bolivia15
162 Cameroon15
163 Egypt14
164 Ethiopia14
165 Swaziland14
166 Kiribati14
167 Syria13
168 Paraguay13
169 Uzbekistan11
170 Libya9
171 Cayman Islands7
172 Bahamas, The6
173 Azerbaijan6
174 Equatorial Guinea6
175 Nigeria5
176 Haiti5
177 Fiji5
178 Bermuda5
179 Greenland5
180 Iran4
181 Algeria3
182 New Caledonia3
183 Brunei0
184 Liechtenstein0
185 Taiwan0
186 Palau0

 

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  • External Debt CIA

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