Central Government Debt Statistics

Date of publication

26 April 2013


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2012 Edition – Governments are major issuers of debt instruments in the global financial market. This volume provides quantitative information on central government debt instruments for the 34 OECD member countries to meet the analytical requirements of users such as policy makers, debt management experts and market analysts. 

Statistics are presented according to a comprehensive standard framework to allow cross-country comparison.  Country methodological notes provide information on debt issuance in each country as well as on the institutional and regulatory framework governing debt management policy and selling techniques.

Countries covered

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States.

Statistics are derived from national sources based on a questionnaire prepared under the auspices of the OECD Working Party on Government Debt Management. Concepts and definitions are based, where possible, on the System of National Accounts. Individual country data are presented in a comprehensive standard framework to facilitate cross-country comparison. Accompanying country notes describe the details of debt instruments in each country, provide information on the institutional and regulatory framework as well as on selling techniques of debt instrument.

Extract from the database

OECD Central Government Debt, International Comparisons – Data from 1980 onwards 

Data are available from 1980 and provide comparable information on marketable and non-marketable central government debt instruments in all OECD member countries. They  are expressed either in million of US dollars or as a percentage of GDP.  The coverage of the data is limited to central government debt issuance and excludes therefore state and local government debt and social security funds.