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 2021* 399,073
Total government expenditure Total Central government 2021* 267,569
Total government expenditure Total The State 2021* 258,504
Total government expenditure Total Other central government 2021* 30,459
Total government expenditure Total Local government 2021* 115,816
Total government expenditure Total Social security funds 2021* 150,534
Total government expenditure 1. General public services General government 2021* 33,424
Total government expenditure 1. General public services Central government 2021* 66,735
Total government expenditure 1. General public services The State 2021* 66,969
Total government expenditure 1. General public services Other central government 2021* 4,523
Total government expenditure 1. General public services Local government 2021* 5,684
Total government expenditure 1. General public services Social security funds 2021* 0
Total government expenditure 1.1 Executive and legislative organs, .. General government 2021* 15,596
Total government expenditure 1.1 Executive and legislative organs, .. Central government 2021* 12,766
Total government expenditure 1.1 Executive and legislative organs, .. The State 2021* 12,828
Total government expenditure 1.1 Executive and legislative organs, .. Other central government 2021* 0
Total government expenditure 1.1 Executive and legislative organs, .. Local government 2021* 2,880
Total government expenditure 1.1 Executive and legislative organs, .. Social security funds 2021* 0
Total government expenditure 1.2 Foreign economic aid General government 2021* 3,819
Total government expenditure 1.2 Foreign economic aid Central government 2021* 3,844
Total government expenditure 1.2 Foreign economic aid The State 2021* 3,936
Total government expenditure 1.2 Foreign economic aid Other central government 2021* 48
Total government expenditure 1.2 Foreign economic aid Local government 2021* 0
Total government expenditure 1.2 Foreign economic aid Social security funds 2021* 0
Total government expenditure 1.3 General services General government 2021* 3,102
Total government expenditure 1.3 General services Central government 2021* 1,693
Total government expenditure 1.3 General services The State 2021* 1,628
Total government expenditure 1.3 General services Other central government 2021* 258
Total government expenditure 1.3 General services Local government 2021* 1,462
Total government expenditure 1.3 General services Social security funds 2021* 0
Total government expenditure 1.4 Basic research General government 2021* 4,665
Total government expenditure 1.4 Basic research Central government 2021* 4,665
Total government expenditure 1.4 Basic research The State 2021* 4,883
Total government expenditure 1.4 Basic research Other central government 2021* 4,111
Total government expenditure 1.4 Basic research Local government 2021* 11
Total government expenditure 1.4 Basic research Social security funds 2021* 0
Total government expenditure 1.5 R&D general public services General government 2021* 40
Total government expenditure 1.5 R&D general public services Central government 2021* 40
Total government expenditure 1.5 R&D general public services The State 2021* 0
Total government expenditure 1.5 R&D general public services Other central government 2021* 40
Total government expenditure 1.5 R&D general public services Local government 2021* 0
Total government expenditure 1.5 R&D general public services Social security funds 2021* 0
Total government expenditure 1.6 General public services n.e.c. General government 2021* 56
Total government expenditure 1.6 General public services n.e.c. Central government 2021* 3
Total government expenditure 1.6 General public services n.e.c. The State 2021* 0
Total government expenditure 1.6 General public services n.e.c. Other central government 2021* 3
Total government expenditure 1.6 General public services n.e.c. Local government 2021* 55
Total government expenditure 1.6 General public services n.e.c. Social security funds 2021* 0
Total government expenditure 1.7 Public debt transactions General government 2021* 6,146
Total government expenditure 1.7 Public debt transactions Central government 2021* 4,930
Total government expenditure 1.7 Public debt transactions The State 2021* 4,900
Total government expenditure 1.7 Public debt transactions Other central government 2021* 63
Total government expenditure 1.7 Public debt transactions Local government 2021* 1,276
Total government expenditure 1.7 Public debt transactions Social security funds 2021* 0
Total government expenditure 1.8 Transfers of a general character b.. General government 2021*
Total government expenditure 1.8 Transfers of a general character b.. Central government 2021* 38,794
Total government expenditure 1.8 Transfers of a general character b.. The State 2021* 38,794
Total government expenditure 1.8 Transfers of a general character b.. Other central government 2021* 0
Total government expenditure 1.8 Transfers of a general character b.. Local government 2021* 0
Total government expenditure 1.8 Transfers of a general character b.. Social security funds 2021* 0
Total government expenditure 2. Defence General government 2021* 11,132
Total government expenditure 2. Defence Central government 2021* 11,132
Total government expenditure 2. Defence The State 2021* 11,132
Total government expenditure 2. Defence Other central government 2021* 0
Total government expenditure 2. Defence Local government 2021* 0
Total government expenditure 2. Defence Social security funds 2021* 0
Total government expenditure 2.1 Military defence General government 2021* 10,308
Total government expenditure 2.1 Military defence Central government 2021* 10,308
Total government expenditure 2.1 Military defence The State 2021* 10,308
Total government expenditure 2.1 Military defence Other central government 2021* 0
Total government expenditure 2.1 Military defence Local government 2021* 0
Total government expenditure 2.1 Military defence Social security funds 2021* 0
Total government expenditure 2.2 Civil defence General government 2021* 0
Total government expenditure 2.2 Civil defence Central government 2021* 0
Total government expenditure 2.2 Civil defence The State 2021* 0
Total government expenditure 2.2 Civil defence Other central government 2021* 0
Total government expenditure 2.2 Civil defence Local government 2021* 0
Total government expenditure 2.2 Civil defence Social security funds 2021* 0
Total government expenditure 2.3 Foreign military aid General government 2021* 308
Total government expenditure 2.3 Foreign military aid Central government 2021* 308
Total government expenditure 2.3 Foreign military aid The State 2021* 308
Total government expenditure 2.3 Foreign military aid Other central government 2021* 0
Total government expenditure 2.3 Foreign military aid Local government 2021* 0
Total government expenditure 2.3 Foreign military aid Social security funds 2021* 0
Total government expenditure 2.4 R&D Defence General government 2021* 117
Total government expenditure 2.4 R&D Defence Central government 2021* 117
Total government expenditure 2.4 R&D Defence The State 2021* 117
Total government expenditure 2.4 R&D Defence Other central government 2021* 0
Total government expenditure 2.4 R&D Defence Local government 2021* 0
Total government expenditure 2.4 R&D Defence Social security funds 2021* 0
Total government expenditure 2.5 Defence n.e.c. General government 2021* 399
Total government expenditure 2.5 Defence n.e.c. Central government 2021* 399
Total government expenditure 2.5 Defence n.e.c. The State 2021* 399
Total government expenditure 2.5 Defence n.e.c. Other central government 2021* 0
Total government expenditure 2.5 Defence n.e.c. Local government 2021* 0
Total government expenditure 2.5 Defence n.e.c. Social security funds 2021* 0
Total government expenditure 3. Public order and safety General government 2021* 16,737
Total government expenditure 3. Public order and safety Central government 2021* 14,156
Total government expenditure 3. Public order and safety The State 2021* 13,118
Total government expenditure 3. Public order and safety Other central government 2021* 7,747
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 1995-2020 are final. The figures for 2021 are provisional.

Changes as of 21 October 2021:
The provisional figures for 2021 are available.
Figures from 1995 within the function 4.3 Fuel and energy on investments grants, current taxes on income and wealth and other capital transfers of Energie Beheer Nederland B.V. (EBN), classified as part of the State, and from 2001 within the function 1.2 Foreign economic aid on other capital transfers of the State to the Dutch entrepreneurial development bank (FMO) have been revised. The figures are in line with the publications of the National accounts.
The figures for 2020 have been adjusted, and are final.

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.