Gross debt in Belgium

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 Belgium in the period from 1998 to 2017 was between 269.6 billion and 452.2 billion Euro. The highest level of the last years at 452.17 billion Euro was reached in 2017.

Based on the number of inhabitants, this is in Belgium a debt of 39,879 Euro per person. For comparison: The average debt per person in the same year in the European Union was 24,454 Euro.


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Gross debt of the past 19 years in billion Euro




JahrBelgium totalEuropean Union totalBelgium per capitaEuropean Union per capita
1998269.61 bn €542.28 bn €23,779 €10,605 €
1999271.30 bn €564.55 bn €23,927 €11,040 €
2000272.19 bn €569.72 bn €24,006 €11,141 €
2001276.65 bn €585.17 bn €24,399 €11,443 €
2002277.72 bn €601.06 bn €24,493 €11,754 €
2003271.64 bn €626.46 bn €23,957 €12,251 €
2004288.32 bn €673.97 bn €25,429 €13,180 €
2005294.74 bn €711.45 bn €25,995 €13,913 €
2006297.43 bn €737.12 bn €26,232 €14,415 €
2007300.00 bn €747.43 bn €26,458 €14,617 €
2008327.62 bn €794.32 bn €28,895 €15,534 €
2009347.17 bn €903.39 bn €30,619 €17,666 €
2010364.08 bn €1,011.57 bn €32,110 €19,782 €
2011388.94 bn €1,075.30 bn €34,302 €21,028 €
2012404.29 bn €1,129.42 bn €35,657 €22,086 €
2013413.73 bn €1,164.64 bn €36,489 €22,775 €
2014428.12 bn €1,215.17 bn €37,758 €23,764 €
2015435.31 bn €1,251.23 bn €38,392 €24,469 €
2016448.16 bn €1,241.26 bn €39,526 €24,274 €
2017452.17 bn €1,250.47 bn €39,879 €24,454 €


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



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Budget deficit in Belgium

The budget deficit of a country is the result of all its claims and liabilities. This includes incomes and expenses, repayments and building of new debts in other countries, but also domestic positions of the government, such as social insurances, local authorities and communities. It is the financial balance of the economic accounts. In simple terms: If a country at the end of the year has more money, than at at the beginning, it is a surplus - it is less, it is called deficit.

The budget balance in Belgium in the period between 1998 and 2017 varied between -18.77 billion Euro and +1.06 billion Euro. In 2017 was reached a balance of -4.52 billion Euro.

In ratio to population, this equals a new indebtedness of 399 Euro per capita in Belgium only in 2017. For comparison, the average debt per capita in the European Union was in the same year at 287 Euro.


Budget deficit and surplus in the last 19 years

JahrBelgium totalEuropean Union totalBelgium per capitaEuropean Union per capita
1998-2.14 bn €-153.24 bn €-188 €-300 €
1999-1.54 bn €-82.11 bn €-136 €-161 €
2000-0.09 bn €52.06 bn €-8 €102 €
20011.06 bn €-143.52 bn €93 €-281 €
2002-0.23 bn €-257.29 bn €-20 €-503 €
2003-0.29 bn €-321.17 bn €-26 €-628 €
2004-0.47 bn €-320.91 bn €-42 €-628 €
2005-8.59 bn €-287.69 bn €-758 €-563 €
20060.72 bn €-197.73 bn €63 €-387 €
20070.23 bn €-112.90 bn €20 €-221 €
2008-3.91 bn €-325.22 bn €-344 €-636 €
2009-18.77 bn €-814.64 bn €-1,656 €-1,593 €
2010-14.61 bn €-820.98 bn €-1,288 €-1,605 €
2011-15.65 bn €-601.31 bn €-1,380 €-1,176 €
2012-16.41 bn €-574.42 bn €-1,447 €-1,123 €
2013-12.31 bn €-447.71 bn €-1,086 €-876 €
2014-12.32 bn €-408.78 bn €-1,087 €-799 €
2015-10.18 bn €-345.70 bn €-898 €-676 €
2016-10.49 bn €-241.80 bn €-925 €-473 €
2017-4.52 bn €-146.59 bn €-399 €-287 €

(negative numbers = deficit)