Which Country Has the Biggest Public Debt?

Public Debt (USD) (USD bil), 2017 or latest
Economy | March 21, 2018
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Based on a comparison of 165 countries in 2022, USA ranked the highest in public debt with USD 20,939 bil followed by Japan and China. On the other end of the scale was Comoros with USD 0.182 bil, Hong Kong with USD 0.192 bil and Brunei with USD 0.340 bil.

Data for more countries are available at Public Debt (USD) indicator page.

Public Debt (USD) Unit 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Australia USD bil 517 583 628 653 656
Belgium USD bil 494 513 544 558 569
Brazil USD bil 1,409 1,735 1,929 2,096 2,253
Canada USD bil 1,413 1,469 1,546 1,578 1,602
China USD bil 4,974 5,684 6,671 7,683 8,864
France USD bil 2,376 2,493 2,682 2,785 2,843
Germany USD bil 2,369 2,374 2,432 2,390 2,346
India USD bil 1,575 1,675 1,781 1,907 2,041
Italy USD bil 2,454 2,556 2,693 2,711 2,717
Japan USD bil 11,812 11,737 12,152 12,416 12,523
Mexico USD bil 612 608 655 692 731
South Korea USD bil 541 582 611 643 676
Spain USD bil 1,225 1,290 1,380 1,417 1,450
USA USD bil 19,948 20,939 21,781 22,694 23,649
United Kingdom USD bil 2,347 2,295 2,388 2,428 2,456