How Much Government Debt Rests Upon Your Shoulders? [infographic]

National debt is one of the most debated issues in politics. 

After the global recession, people began questioning debt and the implications of too much debt. world globe

While some country’s have high debt and some have low, a better measure is the amount of debt dividend by population.

Take a look at the map below to see “the snowball of  debt” and see how much people in each country owe towards their country’s debt.

The trend in the chart is pretty clear: wealthier nations have more debt.

Japan, Ireland and Singapore are above the trend, with Japanese people in particular owing a lot towards their country’s debt.

People living in developed countries owe quite a bit towards their country’s national debt, while people living in undeveloped nations owe very little.

Here are the countries where people owe the most debt per person:

  • Japan: $85,694.87 per person  
  • Ireland: $67,147.59 per person
  • Singapore: $56,112.75 per person
  • Belgium: $44,202.75 per person
  • United States: $42,503.98 per person
  • Canada: $42,142.61 per person
  • Italy: $40,461.11 per person
  • Iceland: $39,731.65 per person
  • Australia: $38,769.98 per person
  • United Kingdom: $36,206.11 per person


Countries where people owe the least

  • Liberia: $27.44 per person

  • Tajikistan: $50.67 per personThe World Map of Billionaires

  • Democratic Republic of Congo: $90.70 per person

  • Burundi: $97.62 per person

  • Kiribati: $126.98 per person

  • Malawi: $172.34 per person

  • Uzbekistan: $177.13 per person

  • Uganda: $194.23 per person

  • Haiti: $204.33 per person

  • Mali: $207.54 per person


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