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Government Expenditure (As % of GDP) in Iraq

Source: World Bank, National Statistical Office, IMF estimates (Oct 2020)
Last Updated: Feb 8, 2021

Government expenditure as a share of GDP reached 31.8 % in 2018 in Iraq, according to the National Statistical Office. This is 8.39 % less than in the previous year.

Historically, government expenditure as a share of GDP in Iraq reached an all time high of 91.5 % in 2004 and an all time low of 31.8 % in 2018. When compared to Iraq's main peers, government expenditure as a share of GDP in Iran amounted to 18.1 %, 49.4 % in Kuwait and 36.6 % in Saudi Arabia in 2018.

Iraq has been ranked 79th within the group of 172 countries we follow in terms of government expenditure as a share of GDP, 75 places behind the position seen 10 years ago.

Government expenditure (or spending) includes all government consumption and investment but excludes transfer payments made by a state.

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