Public Expenditure on Education (As % of GDP)

Based on a comparison of 32 countries in 2011, Denmark ranked the highest in public expenditure on education as a share of GDP with 8.75% followed by Malta and Cyprus. On the other end of the scale was Liechtenstein with 2.68%, Romania with 3.07% and Japan with 3.78%.

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Countries Unit 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Austria % ... ... ... ...           5.44 5.40 5.33 5.47 5.98    
Belgium % ... ... ... ... ...         5.92 5.98 6.00 6.43 6.57    
Bulgaria % ... ... ... ...           4.25 4.04 3.88 4.44 4.58    
Croatia % ... ... ... ... ... ...       3.98 4.04 4.02 4.32 4.42    
Cyprus % ... ... ... ...           6.95 7.02 6.95 7.45 7.98    
Czech Republic % ... ... ... ...           4.08 4.42 4.05 3.92 4.36    
Denmark % ... ... ... ...           8.30 7.97 7.81 7.68 8.74    
Estonia % ... ... ... ...           4.88 4.70 4.72 5.61 6.03    
Finland % ... ... ... ...           6.30 6.18 5.90 6.10 6.81    
France % ... ... ... ...           5.67 5.61 5.62 5.62 5.90    
Germany % ... ... ... ...           4.57 4.43 4.49 4.57 5.06    
Hungary % ... ... ... ...           5.46 5.44 5.29 5.10 5.12    
Iceland % ... ... ... ...           7.59 7.55 7.36 7.56 7.81    
Ireland % ... ... ... ...           4.72 4.73 4.92 5.67 6.43    
Italy % ... ... ... ...           4.41 4.67 4.27 4.56 4.70    
Japan % ... ... ... ...           3.48 3.46 3.45 3.46 3.61    
Latvia % ... ... ... ...           5.14 5.13 5.07 5.71 5.59    
Liechtenstein % ... ... ... ... ... ...       2.29 2.05 1.92 2.05 2.90   ...
Lithuania % ... ... ... ...           4.88 4.82 4.64 4.88 5.64    
Luxembourg % ... ... ... ... ...         3.78 3.41 3.15 ... ... ... ...
Macedonia % ... ... ... ... ... ...     ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
Malta % ... ... ... ...           6.58 6.45 6.18 5.72 5.32    
Netherlands %                   5.53 5.50 5.32 5.50 5.95    
Norway % ... ... ... ...           6.97 6.49 6.66 6.40 7.24    
Poland % ... ... ... ...           5.47 5.25 4.91 5.08 5.09    
Portugal % ... ... ... ...           5.21 5.07 5.10 4.89 5.79    
Romania % ... ... ... ...           3.48 ... 4.25 ... 4.24    
Slovakia % ... ... ... ...           3.85 3.80 3.62 3.61 4.09    
Slovenia % ... ... ... ... ...         5.73 5.72 5.15 5.20 5.69    
Spain % ... ... ... ...           4.23 4.26 4.34 4.62 5.02    
Sweden % ... ... ... ...           6.89 6.75 6.61 6.76 7.26    
Switzerland % ... ... ... ...           5.52 5.28 4.88 4.95 5.36    
Turkey % ... ... ... ...           ... 2.82 ... ... ... ...  
USA % ... ... ... ...           4.91 5.24 5.13 5.26 5.30