Foreign Debt (USD) rose 20.7% to USD 176,335 bil in South Africa in 2017

Foreign Debt (USD) (USD bil)
Economy | South Africa | May 17, 2019
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Foreign debt reached 146,041 USD bil in 2016 in South Africa, according to the National Statistical Office. This is 17.2 % less than in the previous year.

Historically, foreign debt in South Africa reached an all time high of 176,335 USD bil in 2017 and an all time low of 21,671 USD bil in 1994. When compared to South Africa's main peers, foreign debt in Botswana amounted to 2,100 USD bil, 883 USD bil in Lesotho and 487 USD bil in Swaziland in 2016.

South Africa has been ranked 9th within the group of 111 countries we follow in terms of foreign debt, 3 places above the position seen 10 years ago.

Foreign (or external) debt is that part of the total debt in a country that is owed to creditors outside the country.

Foreign Debt (USD) Unit 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Angola USD bil 19,298 21,106 25,004 28,903 27,991
Botswana USD bil 2,395 2,517 2,379 2,546 2,221
Lesotho USD bil 814 877 902 890 888
Mozambique USD bil 4,649 5,490 8,517 9,450 10,345
Namibia USD bil ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
South Africa USD bil 116,929 144,959 139,790 141,599 138,078
Swaziland USD bil 607 464 432 397 375
Zambia USD bil 5,099 5,857 6,430 9,339 11,754
Zimbabwe USD bil 7,314 8,659 8,200 8,039 8,738