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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 41.1 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 30,798 USD.


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Gross debt of the last 22 years in billion USD




YearSouth Africa totalSouth Africa per capitaEU per capita
199865.36 bn USD1,496 USD14,079 USD
199961.71 bn USD1,392 USD14,032 USD
200057.56 bn USD1,280 USD11,232 USD
200151.52 bn USD1,131 USD11,255 USD
200241.05 bn USD889 USD12,258 USD
200362.09 bn USD1,329 USD15,286 USD
200478.62 bn USD1,662 USD17,595 USD
200585.61 bn USD1,788 USD18,327 USD
200685.17 bn USD1,757 USD18,877 USD
200781.02 bn USD1,650 USD20,898 USD
200876.01 bn USD1,527 USD24,086 USD
200989.02 bn USD1,763 USD25,361 USD
2010130.16 bn USD2,541 USD26,496 USD
2011159.19 bn USD3,061 USD29,231 USD
2012162.50 bn USD3,076 USD28,174 USD
2013161.78 bn USD3,013 USD29,981 USD
2014164.88 bn USD3,023 USD30,648 USD
2015156.70 bn USD2,829 USD25,920 USD
2016152.52 bn USD2,713 USD26,262 USD
2017185.34 bn USD3,251 USD27,025 USD
2018208.86 bn USD3,614 USD28,454 USD
2019218.42 bn USD3,730 USD27,178 USD
2020232.96 bn USD3,928 USD30,798 USD


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



      South Africa       European Union


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