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Gross debt in South Africa

The government gross debt refers to the total of all sums of money that have to be paid to other countries, communities or institutions. On the other hand not included in the gross debt are the demands of a country to foreign ones.

The gross debt in South Africa in the period from 1998 to 2020 was between 36.8 billion and 233.0 billion USD. The highest level of the last years at 233 billion US Dollar was reached in 2020.

Based on the number of inhabitants, this is in South Africa a debt of 3,928 USD per person. For comparison: The average debt per person in the same year in the European Union was 30,780 USD.


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Gross debt of the last 22 years in billion USD




YearSouth Africa totalSouth Africa per capitaEU per capita
199858.86 bn USD1,348 USD12,387 USD
199955.64 bn USD1,255 USD12,342 USD
200051.72 bn USD1,150 USD9,877 USD
200146.26 bn USD1,015 USD9,894 USD
200236.81 bn USD798 USD10,773 USD
200355.23 bn USD1,182 USD13,433 USD
200470.36 bn USD1,488 USD15,459 USD
200576.37 bn USD1,595 USD16,095 USD
200676.14 bn USD1,570 USD16,570 USD
200772.84 bn USD1,483 USD18,334 USD
200868.95 bn USD1,385 USD21,119 USD
200979.89 bn USD1,583 USD22,222 USD
2010117.05 bn USD2,285 USD26,496 USD
2011144.67 bn USD2,782 USD29,231 USD
2012148.26 bn USD2,806 USD28,064 USD
2013161.78 bn USD3,013 USD29,836 USD
2014164.88 bn USD3,023 USD30,512 USD
2015156.70 bn USD2,829 USD25,813 USD
2016152.52 bn USD2,713 USD26,165 USD
2017185.34 bn USD3,251 USD26,931 USD
2018208.86 bn USD3,614 USD28,362 USD
2019218.42 bn USD3,730 USD27,095 USD
2020232.96 bn USD3,928 USD30,780 USD


Comparison of the gross debt per capita with the European Union in Euro



      South Africa       European Union


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