Gross debt in Ireland

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 Ireland in the period from 1998 to 2019 was between 34.3 billion and 286.0 billion USD. The hightest level within the past 21 years was reached in 2013. However, the liabilities in 2019 have been only 228.60 billion USD

Based on the number of inhabitants, this is in Ireland a debt of 46,262 USD per person. For comparison: The average debt per person in the same year in the European Union was 32,667 USD.


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Gross debt of the last 21 years in billion USD




JahrIreland totalIreland per capitaEU per capita
199846.77 bn USD12,598 USD12,387 USD
199946.74 bn USD12,448 USD12,342 USD
200034.33 bn USD9,021 USD10,778 USD
200136.29 bn USD9,387 USD10,717 USD
200239.28 bn USD9,990 USD11,593 USD
200349.27 bn USD12,328 USD14,402 USD
200454.80 bn USD13,464 USD16,970 USD
200555.21 bn USD13,272 USD17,846 USD
200654.86 bn USD12,837 USD18,591 USD
200764.62 bn USD14,689 USD20,509 USD
2008117.11 bn USD26,084 USD23,520 USD
2009146.02 bn USD32,195 USD25,266 USD
2010191.21 bn USD41,930 USD30,683 USD
2011264.10 bn USD57,663 USD34,278 USD
2012269.85 bn USD58,670 USD33,161 USD
2013286.01 bn USD61,856 USD35,247 USD
2014270.19 bn USD58,008 USD36,694 USD
2015223.70 bn USD47,576 USD31,489 USD
2016222.07 bn USD46,698 USD31,202 USD
2017227.35 bn USD47,292 USD32,056 USD
2018243.15 bn USD49,955 USD33,826 USD
2019228.60 bn USD46,262 USD32,667 USD


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



      Ireland       European Union


Budget deficit in Ireland

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 Ireland in the period between 1998 and 2019 varied between -71.27 billion Euro and +6.56 billion Euro. In 2019 was reached a balance of 2.07 billion Euro.

In ratio to population, this equals a surplus of 419 Euro per capita in Ireland. For comparison, the average debt per capita in the European Union was in the same year at 332 Euro.


Budget deficit and surplus in the last 21 years

JahrIreland totalIreland per capitaEU per capita
19982.08 bn USD559 USD-350 USD
19992.62 bn USD699 USD-180 USD
20004.61 bn USD1,210 USD98 USD
20010.95 bn USD247 USD-263 USD
2002-0.49 bn USD-125 USD-496 USD
20030.65 bn USD163 USD-738 USD
20042.59 bn USD636 USD-808 USD
20053.40 bn USD818 USD-722 USD
20066.56 bn USD1,534 USD-499 USD
20070.71 bn USD161 USD-315 USD
2008-19.37 bn USD-4,314 USD-951 USD
2009-32.80 bn USD-7,232 USD-2,252 USD
2010-71.27 bn USD-15,630 USD-2,486 USD
2011-30.48 bn USD-6,655 USD-1,907 USD
2012-18.24 bn USD-3,965 USD-1,689 USD
2013-14.78 bn USD-3,196 USD-1,354 USD
2014-9.42 bn USD-2,023 USD-1,226 USD
2015-5.74 bn USD-1,221 USD-871 USD
2016-2.00 bn USD-420 USD-620 USD
2017-1.08 bn USD-225 USD-406 USD
20180.45 bn USD92 USD-288 USD
20192.07 bn USD419 USD-332 USD


(negative numbers = deficit)