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 Total General government 2020* 384,443
Total government expenditure Total Central government 2020* 251,555
Total government expenditure Total Other central government 2020* 28,633
Total government expenditure Total Local government 2020* 111,997
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 Other central government 2020* 4,220
Total government expenditure 1. General public services Local government 2020* 5,921
Total government expenditure 1.1 Executive and legislative organs, .. General government 2020* 14,987
Total government expenditure 1.1 Executive and legislative organs, .. Central government 2020* 12,120
Total government expenditure 1.1 Executive and legislative organs, .. Other central government 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 1.1 Executive and legislative organs, .. Local government 2020* 2,907
Total government expenditure 1.2 Foreign economic aid General government 2020* 3,979
Total government expenditure 1.2 Foreign economic aid Central government 2020* 3,992
Total government expenditure 1.2 Foreign economic aid Other central government 2020* 51
Total government expenditure 1.2 Foreign economic aid Local government 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 Other central government 2020* 241
Total government expenditure 1.3 General services Local government 2020* 1,586
Total government expenditure 1.4 Basic research General government 2020* 4,130
Total government expenditure 1.4 Basic research Central government 2020* 4,130
Total government expenditure 1.4 Basic research Other central government 2020* 3,821
Total government expenditure 1.4 Basic research Local government 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 Other central government 2020* 40
Total government expenditure 1.5 R&D general public services Local government 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. Other central government 2020* 1
Total government expenditure 1.6 General public services n.e.c. Local government 2020* 55
Total government expenditure 1.7 Public debt transactions General government 2020* 6,779
Total government expenditure 1.7 Public debt transactions Central government 2020* 5,463
Total government expenditure 1.7 Public debt transactions Other central government 2020* 66
Total government expenditure 1.7 Public debt transactions Local government 2020* 1,373
Total government expenditure 1.8 Transfers of a general character b.. General government 2020*
Total government expenditure 1.8 Transfers of a general character b.. Central government 2020* 37,888
Total government expenditure 1.8 Transfers of a general character b.. Other central government 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 1.8 Transfers of a general character b.. Local government 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 2. Defence General government 2020* 10,701
Total government expenditure 2. Defence Central government 2020* 10,720
Total government expenditure 2. Defence Other central government 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 2. Defence Local government 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 2.1 Military defence General government 2020* 9,926
Total government expenditure 2.1 Military defence Central government 2020* 9,945
Total government expenditure 2.1 Military defence Other central government 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 2.1 Military defence Local government 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 2.2 Civil defence General government 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 2.2 Civil defence Central government 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 2.2 Civil defence Other central government 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 2.2 Civil defence Local government 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 2.3 Foreign military aid General government 2020* 273
Total government expenditure 2.3 Foreign military aid Central government 2020* 273
Total government expenditure 2.3 Foreign military aid Other central government 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 2.3 Foreign military aid Local government 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 2.4 R&D Defence General government 2020* 131
Total government expenditure 2.4 R&D Defence Central government 2020* 131
Total government expenditure 2.4 R&D Defence Other central government 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 2.4 R&D Defence Local government 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 2.5 Defence n.e.c. General government 2020* 371
Total government expenditure 2.5 Defence n.e.c. Central government 2020* 371
Total government expenditure 2.5 Defence n.e.c. Other central government 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 2.5 Defence n.e.c. Local government 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 3. Public order and safety General government 2020* 15,853
Total government expenditure 3. Public order and safety Central government 2020* 13,497
Total government expenditure 3. Public order and safety Other central government 2020* 7,353
Total government expenditure 3. Public order and safety Local government 2020* 2,648
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 Other central government 2020* 6,887
Total government expenditure 3.1 Police services Local government 2020* 5
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 Other central government 2020* 72
Total government expenditure 3.2 Fire-protection services Local government 2020* 1,585
Total government expenditure 3.3 Law courts General government 2020* 2,326
Total government expenditure 3.3 Law courts Central government 2020* 2,329
Total government expenditure 3.3 Law courts Other central government 2020* 39
Total government expenditure 3.3 Law courts Local government 2020* 2
Total government expenditure 3.4 Prisons General government 2020* 2,881
Total government expenditure 3.4 Prisons Central government 2020* 2,949
Total government expenditure 3.4 Prisons Other central government 2020* 261
Total government expenditure 3.4 Prisons Local government 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 3.5 R&D Public order and safety General government 2020* 176
Total government expenditure 3.5 R&D Public order and safety Central government 2020* 163
Total government expenditure 3.5 R&D Public order and safety Other central government 2020* 79
Total government expenditure 3.5 R&D Public order and safety Local government 2020* 13
Total government expenditure 3.6 Public order and safety n.e.c General government 2020* 1,583
Total government expenditure 3.6 Public order and safety n.e.c Central government 2020* 594
Total government expenditure 3.6 Public order and safety n.e.c Other central government 2020* 15
Total government expenditure 3.6 Public order and safety n.e.c Local government 2020* 1,043
Total government expenditure 4. Economic affairs General government 2020* 53,418
Total government expenditure 4. Economic affairs Central government 2020* 40,456
Total government expenditure 4. Economic affairs Other central government 2020* 5,135
Total government expenditure 4. Economic affairs Local government 2020* 13,631
Total government expenditure 4.1 General economic, commercial and l.. General government 2020* 24,057
Total government expenditure 4.1 General economic, commercial and l.. Central government 2020* 21,360
Total government expenditure 4.1 General economic, commercial and l.. Other central government 2020* 342
Total government expenditure 4.1 General economic, commercial and l.. Local government 2020* 1,309
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 18 March 2022:
The expenditure of the State on social benefits (D.62) for reporting year 2019 has been corrected. The amounts allocated to function groups of the division education (COFOG division 9) were wrongly classified due to a compilation error. The total amount of social benefits of the State allocated to the function education in 2019 has not been revised.

Changes as of 26 November 2021:
The provisional figures for 2020 have been added.
The figures for 2019 are definite.

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.