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  • External Debt Totals by Country


    External debt commitments can severely limit the spending capabilities of a global power, particularly in times of total war.

    Per the CIA World Factbook, External Debt is the total public and private debt carried by a particular nation as owed to outside parties (i.e. the international community), repayable through currency exchanges, consumer/durable goods and applicable services. Typically, larger, better developed nations will carry a large external debt total. External Debt is just one outside factor used when considering a nation's overall fiscal "health" as going to war tends to have a prominent, far-reaching impact on economies. For the purposes of the final GFP ranking, a high External Debt total serves a penalty.


    The data presented below is through 2017. Values presented in $USD.


    1
    17,910,000,000,000  
    United States
    USA
    2
    8,126,000,000,000  
    United Kingdom
    UKD
    3
    5,360,000,000,000  
    France
    FRA
    4
    5,326,000,000,000  
    Germany
    GER
    5
    4,284,000,000,000  
    Netherlands
    NET
    6
    3,585,000,000,000  
    Mauritania
    MAU
    7
    3,240,000,000,000  
    Japan
    JPN
    8
    2,444,000,000,000  
    Italy
    ITA
    9
    2,094,000,000,000  
    Spain
    SPA
    10
    1,692,000,000,000  
    Australia
    AUS
    11
    1,664,000,000,000  
    Switzerland
    SWI
    12
    1,608,000,000,000  
    Canada
    CAN
    13
    1,281,000,000,000  
    Belgium
    BEL
    14
    983,500,000,000  
    China
    CHN
    15
    939,900,000,000  
    Sweden
    SWE
    16
    689,100,000,000  
    Austria
    AST
    17
    642,300,000,000  
    Norway
    NOR
    18
    544,700,000,000  
    Finland
    FIN
    19
    544,100,000,000  
    Brazil
    BRA
    20
    514,800,000,000  
    Russia
    RUS
    21
    507,000,000,000  
    India
    IND
    22
    506,600,000,000  
    Greece
    GRE
    23
    484,800,000,000  
    Denmark
    DEN
    24
    484,600,000,000  
    Mexico
    MEX
    25
    467,400,000,000  
    Singapore
    SIN
    26
    449,000,000,000  
    Portugal
    POR
    27
    410,400,000,000  
    Turkey
    TUR
    28
    385,600,000,000  
    South Korea
    SKO
    29
    344,800,000,000  
    Poland
    POL
    30
    344,700,000,000  
    Indonesia
    INO
    31
    220,400,000,000  
    United Arab Emirates
    UAE
    32
    200,900,000,000  
    Saudi Arabia
    SAR
    33
    187,500,000,000  
    Malaysia
    MLY
    34
    160,000,000,000  
    Chile
    CHI
    35
    159,200,000,000  
    Qatar
    QTR
    36
    155,400,000,000  
    Taiwan
    TAI
    37
    155,100,000,000  
    Argentina
    ARG
    38
    147,700,000,000  
    Kazakhstan
    KAZ
    39
    137,100,000,000  
    Thailand
    THA
    40
    131,200,000,000  
    Hungary
    HUN
    41
    129,700,000,000  
    South Africa
    SAF
    42
    128,900,000,000  
    Czech Republic
    CZR
    43
    127,700,000,000  
    Ukraine
    UKR
    44
    110,900,000,000  
    Colombia
    COL
    45
    101,400,000,000  
    Romania
    ROM
    46
    91,990,000,000  
    Venezuela
    VEN
    47
    91,080,000,000  
    Israel
    ISR
    48
    81,390,000,000  
    New Zealand
    NWZ
    49
    78,880,000,000  
    Vietnam
    VTN
    50
    77,460,000,000  
    Philippines
    PHI
    51
    75,040,000,000  
    Slovakia
    SLK
    52
    69,780,000,000  
    Peru
    PER
    53
    68,010,000,000  
    Iraq
    IRQ
    54
    64,040,000,000  
    Pakistan
    PAK
    55
    51,650,000,000  
    Slovenia
    SLV
    56
    51,100,000,000  
    Sudan
    SUD
    57
    50,670,000,000  
    Egypt
    EGP
    58
    48,110,000,000  
    Croatia
    CRO
    59
    47,890,000,000  
    Kuwait
    KUW
    60
    47,650,000,000  
    Sri Lanka
    SRL
    61
    42,980,000,000  
    Morocco
    MOR
    62
    42,420,000,000  
    Bulgaria
    BUL
    63
    40,740,000,000  
    Lebanon
    LEB
    64
    40,020,000,000  
    Latvia
    LAT
    65
    39,100,000,000  
    Nigeria
    NIG
    66
    37,700,000,000  
    Angola
    ANG
    67
    37,260,000,000  
    Bangladesh
    BAN
    68
    34,750,000,000  
    Belarus
    BLR
    69
    34,480,000,000  
    Lithuania
    LIT
    70
    33,220,000,000  
    Ecuador
    ECU
    71
    31,640,000,000  
    Serbia
    SER
    72
    27,230,000,000  
    Tunisia
    TUN
    73
    26,660,000,000  
    Jordan
    JOR
    74
    26,320,000,000  
    Cuba
    CUB
    75
    26,050,000,000  
    Dominican Republic
    DOM
    76
    22,900,000,000  
    Panama
    PAN
    77
    22,490,000,000  
    Ethiopia
    ETH
    78
    21,300,000,000  
    Uruguay
    URU
    79
    21,170,000,000  
    Ghana
    GHA
    80
    21,160,000,000  
    Bahrain
    BAH
    81
    20,850,000,000  
    Oman
    OMA
    82
    20,250,000,000  
    Kenya
    KEN
    83
    19,090,000,000  
    Guatemala
    GUA
    84
    19,050,000,000  
    Estonia
    EST
    85
    18,670,000,000  
    Mongolia
    MON
    86
    15,890,000,000  
    Tanzania
    TAN
    87
    15,840,000,000  
    Ivory Coast
    IVC
    88
    15,750,000,000  
    Uzbekistan
    UZB
    89
    15,420,000,000  
    Paraguay
    PAR
    90
    14,900,000,000  
    El Salvador
    ESL
    91
    13,650,000,000  
    Georgia
    GEO
    92
    12,650,000,000  
    Azerbaijan
    AZR
    93
    11,980,000,000  
    Laos
    LAO
    94
    11,830,000,000  
    Bolivia
    BOL
    95
    11,100,000,000  
    Nicaragua
    NIC
    96
    10,900,000,000  
    Zimbabwe
    ZIM
    97
    9,768,000,000  
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    BOS
    98
    9,554,000,000  
    Mozambique
    MOZ
    99
    9,270,000,000  
    Zambia
    ZAM
    100
    9,041,000,000  
    Myanmar
    MYA
    101
    8,460,000,000  
    Cambodia
    CMB
    102
    8,365,000,000  
    Armenia
    ARM
    103
    8,042,000,000  
    Honduras
    HON
    104
    7,797,000,000  
    Albania
    ALB
    105
    7,728,000,000  
    Kyrgyzstan
    KYR
    106
    7,680,000,000  
    Macedonia
    MAC
    107
    7,661,000,000  
    Yemen
    YEM
    108
    7,375,000,000  
    Cameroon
    CAM
    109
    7,116,000,000  
    Iran
    IRN
    110
    6,515,000,000  
    Namibia
    NAM
    111
    6,241,000,000  
    Uganda
    UGA
    112
    5,934,000,000  
    Algeria
    ALG
    113
    5,918,000,000  
    Syria
    SYR
    114
    5,331,000,000  
    Democratic Republic of the Congo
    DRC
    115
    5,158,000,000  
    Gabon
    GAB
    116
    5,000,000,000  
    North Korea
    NKO
    117
    4,990,000,000  
    Nepal
    NEP
    118
    4,817,000,000  
    Republic of the Congo
    ROC
    119
    4,007,000,000  
    Madagascar
    MAD
    120
    3,976,000,000  
    Tajikistan
    TAJ
    121
    3,626,000,000  
    Mali
    MAL
    122
    3,531,000,000  
    Libya
    LIB
    123
    3,054,000,000  
    Somalia
    SOM
    124
    2,729,000,000  
    Niger
    NGR
    125
    2,386,000,000  
    Botswana
    BOT
    126
    2,250,000,000  
    South Sudan
    SSU
    127
    1,875,000,000  
    Chad
    CHD
    128
    1,561,000,000  
    Sierra Leone
    SIE
    129
    1,439,000,000  
    Suriname
    SUR
    130
    1,280,000,000  
    Afghanistan
    AFG
    131
    686,900,000  
    Central African Republic
    CAR
    132
    502,800,000  
    Turkmenistan
    TKM