Government expenditure and consumption; functions, transactions, sectors

Government expenditure and consumption; functions, transactions, sectors

Transactions Functions of general government Institutional sectors Periods Government expenditure and consumption (million euros)
Total government expenditure 1. General public services General government 2020* 32,978
Total government expenditure 1. General public services Central government 2020* 65,127
Total government expenditure 1. General public services The State 2020* 65,369
Total government expenditure 1. General public services Other central government 2020* 4,220
Total government expenditure 1. General public services Local government 2020* 5,921
Total government expenditure 1. General public services Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 1.3 General services General government 2020* 3,009
Total government expenditure 1.3 General services Central government 2020* 1,493
Total government expenditure 1.3 General services The State 2020* 1,435
Total government expenditure 1.3 General services Other central government 2020* 241
Total government expenditure 1.3 General services Local government 2020* 1,586
Total government expenditure 1.3 General services Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 1.5 R&D general public services General government 2020* 40
Total government expenditure 1.5 R&D general public services Central government 2020* 40
Total government expenditure 1.5 R&D general public services The State 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 1.5 R&D general public services Other central government 2020* 40
Total government expenditure 1.5 R&D general public services Local government 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 1.5 R&D general public services Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 1.6 General public services n.e.c. General government 2020* 54
Total government expenditure 1.6 General public services n.e.c. Central government 2020* 1
Total government expenditure 1.6 General public services n.e.c. The State 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 1.6 General public services n.e.c. Other central government 2020* 1
Total government expenditure 1.6 General public services n.e.c. Local government 2020* 55
Total government expenditure 1.6 General public services n.e.c. Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 3.1 Police services General government 2020* 7,214
Total government expenditure 3.1 Police services Central government 2020* 7,219
Total government expenditure 3.1 Police services The State 2020* 6,629
Total government expenditure 3.1 Police services Other central government 2020* 6,887
Total government expenditure 3.1 Police services Local government 2020* 5
Total government expenditure 3.1 Police services Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 3.2 Fire-protection services General government 2020* 1,673
Total government expenditure 3.2 Fire-protection services Central government 2020* 243
Total government expenditure 3.2 Fire-protection services The State 2020* 273
Total government expenditure 3.2 Fire-protection services Other central government 2020* 72
Total government expenditure 3.2 Fire-protection services Local government 2020* 1,585
Total government expenditure 3.2 Fire-protection services Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 7.2 Outpatient services General government 2020* 19,560
Total government expenditure 7.2 Outpatient services Central government 2020* 3,686
Total government expenditure 7.2 Outpatient services The State 2020* 3,686
Total government expenditure 7.2 Outpatient services Other central government 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 7.2 Outpatient services Local government 2020* 332
Total government expenditure 7.2 Outpatient services Social security funds 2020* 19,210
Total government expenditure 7.3 Hospital services General government 2020* 30,026
Total government expenditure 7.3 Hospital services Central government 2020* 41
Total government expenditure 7.3 Hospital services The State 2020* 41
Total government expenditure 7.3 Hospital services Other central government 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 7.3 Hospital services Local government 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 7.3 Hospital services Social security funds 2020* 30,018
Total government expenditure 7.4 Public health services General government 2020* 1,833
Total government expenditure 7.4 Public health services Central government 2020* 797
Total government expenditure 7.4 Public health services The State 2020* 1,161
Total government expenditure 7.4 Public health services Other central government 2020* 107
Total government expenditure 7.4 Public health services Local government 2020* 1,518
Total government expenditure 7.4 Public health services Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 8.1 Recreational and sporting services General government 2020* 4,333
Total government expenditure 8.1 Recreational and sporting services Central government 2020* 409
Total government expenditure 8.1 Recreational and sporting services The State 2020* 411
Total government expenditure 8.1 Recreational and sporting services Other central government 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 8.1 Recreational and sporting services Local government 2020* 4,143
Total government expenditure 8.1 Recreational and sporting services Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 8.2 Cultural services General government 2020* 4,189
Total government expenditure 8.2 Cultural services Central government 2020* 1,708
Total government expenditure 8.2 Cultural services The State 2020* 1,713
Total government expenditure 8.2 Cultural services Other central government 2020* 853
Total government expenditure 8.2 Cultural services Local government 2020* 2,644
Total government expenditure 8.2 Cultural services Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 8.3 Broadcasting and publishing services General government 2020* 1,240
Total government expenditure 8.3 Broadcasting and publishing services Central government 2020* 1,251
Total government expenditure 8.3 Broadcasting and publishing services The State 2020* 1,035
Total government expenditure 8.3 Broadcasting and publishing services Other central government 2020* 1,212
Total government expenditure 8.3 Broadcasting and publishing services Local government 2020* 90
Total government expenditure 8.3 Broadcasting and publishing services Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 9.6 Subsidiary services to education General government 2020* 1,704
Total government expenditure 9.6 Subsidiary services to education Central government 2020* 930
Total government expenditure 9.6 Subsidiary services to education The State 2020* 903
Total government expenditure 9.6 Subsidiary services to education Other central government 2020* 27
Total government expenditure 9.6 Subsidiary services to education Local government 2020* 774
Total government expenditure 9.6 Subsidiary services to education Social security funds 2020* 0
P2 Intermediate consumption 1. General public services General government 2020* 5,776
P2 Intermediate consumption 1. General public services Central government 2020* 2,701
P2 Intermediate consumption 1. General public services The State 2020* 1,856
P2 Intermediate consumption 1. General public services Other central government 2020* 845
P2 Intermediate consumption 1. General public services Local government 2020* 3,075
P2 Intermediate consumption 1. General public services Social security funds 2020* 0
P2 Intermediate consumption 1.3 General services General government 2020* 1,280
P2 Intermediate consumption 1.3 General services Central government 2020* 664
P2 Intermediate consumption 1.3 General services The State 2020* 602
P2 Intermediate consumption 1.3 General services Other central government 2020* 62
P2 Intermediate consumption 1.3 General services Local government 2020* 616
P2 Intermediate consumption 1.3 General services Social security funds 2020* 0
P2 Intermediate consumption 1.5 R&D general public services General government 2020* 8
P2 Intermediate consumption 1.5 R&D general public services Central government 2020* 8
P2 Intermediate consumption 1.5 R&D general public services The State 2020* 0
P2 Intermediate consumption 1.5 R&D general public services Other central government 2020* 8
P2 Intermediate consumption 1.5 R&D general public services Local government 2020* 0
P2 Intermediate consumption 1.5 R&D general public services Social security funds 2020* 0
P2 Intermediate consumption 1.6 General public services n.e.c. General government 2020* 14
P2 Intermediate consumption 1.6 General public services n.e.c. Central government 2020* 0
P2 Intermediate consumption 1.6 General public services n.e.c. The State 2020* 0
P2 Intermediate consumption 1.6 General public services n.e.c. Other central government 2020* 0
Source: CBS.
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Table description


This table contains information on expenditure and consumption broken down into functions of the general government sector. The terms and definitions used are in accordance with the framework of National Accounts. National Accounts are based on the international definitions of the European System of Accounts (ESA 2010). The Classification of the Functions of Government (COFOG 1999) is used for the classification of the functions. The second level function determines whether consumption of government is collective or individual. Small temporary differences with publications of National Accounts may occur due to the fact that government finance statistics are sometimes more up to date.

Data available from:
Yearly figures from 1995.

Status of the figures:
The figures for the period 1995-2019 are definite. The figures for 2020 are provisional.

Changes as of 29 November 2021:
The provisional figures for 2019 have been added.
The figures for 2019 are definite.

In the context of the revision policy the figures from 1995 of the expenditure of general government by function have been revised. Figures of "The State" in the function education are changed by a new recording of the conditional Student Loans. Figures of the local government are changed by the introduction of new source data for recent years, and a repair of the break in the time series.

When will new figures be published?
New figures will be published in the second half of the year. Provisional figures will become final and final figures can be revised at the same time. More information on the revision policy of National Accounts can be found under 'relevant articles' under paragraph 3.

Description topics

Government expenditure and consumption
Government expenditure and final consumption expenditure.

Government expenditure consists of intermediate consumption, compensation of employees, interest, social benefits, social transfers in kind via market producers, paid subsidies, other current expenditure and capital expenditure.

Government final consumption expenditure is equal to the the total of their output plus the expenditure on products supplied to households via market producers minus the sales of goods and services. The output of government is equal to the sum of its costs of production: Compensation of employees, intermediate consumption, consumption of fixed capital, and taxes on production paid net of subsidies on production received.