In comparison the numbers for the EU-27 in average was -4.4% and 82.5 % respectively. Amongst the EU Member States, the largest deficit in 2011 was in Ireland with -13.4% of GDP, whilst the highest debt to GDP ratio was found in Greece with 170.6 %. Hungary had the largest surplus with 4.3%, while Estonia had the lowest debt to GDP ratio with 6.1 %.
This recent Eurostat study also examines the relative importance of the government sector in the economy in terms of total general government revenue and expenditure as a percentage of GDP. It was found amongst the countries featured in the study that the general government sector was most important in Norway and least important in Switzerland.
For more information see Statistics explained. Data for Liechtenstein are not available in this study.
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