Government Finance Statistics; key figures


This table contains information on the finances of the general government sector. The terms and definitions used are in accordance with the framework of the National Accounts. The National Accounts are based on the international definitions of the European System of Accounts (ESA 2010). Small temporary differences with publications of the National Accounts may occur due to the fact that the government finance statistics are sometimes more up to date.

Data available from:
Yearly figures from 1995, quarterly figures from 1999.

Status of the figures:
The figures for the period 1995-2016 are definite. The quarterly figures for 2017 are provisional. The annual figures for 2017 are definite. The figures for 2018 and 2019 are provisional.

Changes as of 25 March 2020:
Figures on the fourth quarter of 2019 and annual figures on 2019 are available. Figures on 2018 and the first three quarters of 2019 have been revised. New figures from government finance statistics have not been fully implemented in National Accounts. Therefore, figures in publications of National Accounts and government finance statistics are temporarily not consistent. Differences will be resolved with the next publication date, June 24th 2020.
Seasonally adjusted revenue, expenditure and balance of the general government sector have been adjusted.

When will new figures be published?
Initial quarterly figures are published three months after the end of the quarter. In September the figures on the first quarter are revised, in December the figures on the second quarter are revised and in March the first three quarters are revised. Yearly figures are published for the first time three months after the end of the year concerned. Yearly figures are revised two times: 6 and 18 months after the end of the year. Please note that there is a possibility that adjustments might take place at the end of March or September, in order to provide the European Commission with the most actual figures. Revised yearly figures are published in June each year. Quarterly figures are aligned to the three revised years at the end of June. More information on the revision policy of National Accounts can be found under 'relevant articles' under paragraph 3.

Government Finance Statistics; key figures

Periods Key figures (million euros)Government revenue (million euros) Key figures (million euros)Government expenditure (million euros) Key figures (million euros)Balance of the general government sector (million euros) Key figures (million euros)Government debt (EMU) (million euros) Key figures (million euros)Fiscal burden (million euros) Key figures (million euros)Final consumption of general government (million euros) Memorandum items (million euros)Net saving (million euros) Memorandum items (million euros)Net saving and capital transfers (million euros) Memorandum items (million euros)Natural gas revenue (million euros) Key figures (% of GDP)Government revenue (% of GDP) Key figures (% of GDP)Government expenditure (% of GDP) Key figures (% of GDP)Balance of the general government sector (% of GDP) Key figures (% of GDP)Government debt (EMU) (% of GDP) Key figures (% of GDP)Fiscal burden (% of GDP) Key figures (% of GDP)Final consumption of general government (% of GDP) Memorandum items (% of GDP)Net saving (% of GDP) Memorandum items (% of GDP)Net saving and capital transfers (% of GDP) Memorandum items (% of GDP)Natural gas revenue (% of GDP) Labour input of government employeesPersons (1,000 persons) Labour input of government employeesFte jobs (1,000 fte jobs) Labour input of government employeesHours worked (million hours)
2017 4th quarter* 82,821 79,308 3,513 420,056 72,138 47,169 3,319 3,499 . 43.7 42.4 1.3 56.9 38.3 24.3 1.4 1.2 . . . .
2017 322,635 313,333 9,302 420,056 282,462 179,491 10,320 9,155 3,256 43.7 42.4 1.3 56.9 38.3 24.3 1.4 1.2 0.4 1,099 955 1,514
2018 1st quarter* 89,264 79,571 9,693 411,838 79,302 45,261 11,512 9,551 . 43.9 42.3 1.6 55.1 38.5 24.3 1.7 1.6 . . . .
2018 2nd quarter* 85,150 84,690 460 408,098 74,050 47,970 557 83 . 43.9 42.1 1.8 53.9 38.5 24.3 2.0 1.7 . . . .
2018 3rd quarter* 78,972 78,079 893 404,669 68,878 45,660 579 1,049 . 43.9 42.0 1.9 52.9 38.5 24.3 2.1 1.9 . . . .
2018 4th quarter* 84,056 84,543 -487 405,504 74,380 49,650 124 -543 . 43.6 42.2 1.4 52.4 38.3 24.4 1.7 1.3 . . . .
2018* 337,442 326,883 10,559 405,504 296,610 188,541 12,772 10,140 2,677 43.6 42.2 1.4 52.4 38.3 24.4 1.7 1.3 0.3 1,109 964 1,526
2019 1st quarter* 94,622 83,892 10,730 398,039 84,785 47,725 13,274 11,036 . 43.8 42.3 1.5 50.8 38.6 24.4 1.9 1.5 . . . .
2019 2nd quarter* 88,479 87,752 727 403,558 78,027 50,590 906 999 . 43.6 42.1 1.5 50.9 38.6 24.4 1.9 1.6 . . . .
2019 3rd quarter* 81,610 82,109 -499 394,876 72,276 48,137 -2 -94 . 43.4 42.1 1.3 49.2 38.5 24.4 1.8 1.4 . . . .
2019 4th quarter* 89,568 86,489 3,079 394,630 79,739 51,923 3,090 2,957 . 43.6 41.9 1.7 48.6 38.8 24.4 2.1 1.8 . . . .
2019* 354,279 340,242 14,037 394,630 314,827 198,375 17,268 14,898 1,509 43.6 41.9 1.7 48.6 38.8 24.4 2.1 1.8 0.2 . . .
Source: CBS.
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