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Tax Revenue (As % of GDP) (%), 2017 or latest
Economy | December 1, 2019
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Based on a comparison of 118 countries in 2017, Denmark ranked the highest in tax revenue as a share of GDP with 33.3% followed by Seychelles and Namibia. On the other end of the scale was United Arab Emirates with 0.067%, Kuwait with 1.38% and Iraq with 2.03%.

Average tax revenue as a share of GDP reached 15.4% in 2017 in the World according to the National Statistical Office. This is 6.71 % more than in the previous year and 2.70 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, average tax revenue as a share of GDP reached an all time high of 15.9% in 2000 and an all time low of 13.3% in 2009. The average annual growth amounted to 0.315 % since 1972.

Data for more countries are available at Tax Revenue (As % of GDP) indicator page.

Tax Revenue (As % of GDP) Unit 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Belize % 22.6% 22.5% 23.4% 25.1% 24.5%
Denmark % 32.8% 33.4% 33.8% 36.5% 33.9%
Fiji % ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 23.0% 23.2% 23.6% 24.6% 25.5%
Greece % 22.1% 23.9% 24.0% 24.6% 25.1%
Jamaica % 23.4% 24.3% 24.0% 24.1% 24.8%
Lesotho % 27.9% 35.2% 33.6% 33.9% 31.7%
Luxembourg % 24.6% 25.7% 25.9% 25.7% 25.3%
Macao % 37.6% 36.9% 36.4% 34.8% 28.9%
Malta % 26.1% 26.4% 26.8% 26.9% 25.6%
Namibia % 30.0% 32.9% 31.5% 33.6% 32.5%
New Zealand % ... ... ... ... 25.6% 26.8% 26.6% 26.8% 27.4%
Seychelles % 31.5% 30.4% 28.1% 30.1% 29.6% ...
South Africa % 25.2% 25.6% 26.0% 26.5% 27.3%
Sweden % 26.5% 26.0% 26.2% 26.3% 27.0%
Trinidad and Tobago % 25.6% 26.4% 26.1% 27.1% 27.2% ... ...