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 1.5 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 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 The State 2020* 5,437
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 1.7 Public debt transactions Social security funds 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 The State 2020* 12,928
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. Public order and safety Social security funds 2020* 55
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 The State 2020* 102
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 3.5 R&D Public order and safety Social security funds 2020* 0
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 The State 2020* 595
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 3.6 Public order and safety n.e.c Social security funds 2020* 0
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
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 1.5 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
P2 Intermediate consumption 1.6 General public services n.e.c. Local government 2020* 14
P2 Intermediate consumption 1.6 General public services n.e.c. Social security funds 2020* 0
P2 Intermediate consumption 1.7 Public debt transactions General government 2020* 1,336
P2 Intermediate consumption 1.7 Public debt transactions Central government 2020* 53
P2 Intermediate consumption 1.7 Public debt transactions The State 2020* 14
P2 Intermediate consumption 1.7 Public debt transactions Other central government 2020* 39
P2 Intermediate consumption 1.7 Public debt transactions Local government 2020* 1,283
P2 Intermediate consumption 1.7 Public debt transactions Social security funds 2020* 0
P2 Intermediate consumption 3. Public order and safety General government 2020* 4,746
P2 Intermediate consumption 3. Public order and safety Central government 2020* 3,915
P2 Intermediate consumption 3. Public order and safety The State 2020* 2,244
P2 Intermediate consumption 3. Public order and safety Other central government 2020* 1,671
P2 Intermediate consumption 3. Public order and safety Local government 2020* 831
P2 Intermediate consumption 3. Public order and safety Social security funds 2020* 0
P2 Intermediate consumption 3.5 R&D Public order and safety General government 2020* 33
P2 Intermediate consumption 3.5 R&D Public order and safety Central government 2020* 26
P2 Intermediate consumption 3.5 R&D Public order and safety The State 2020* 12
P2 Intermediate consumption 3.5 R&D Public order and safety Other central government 2020* 14
P2 Intermediate consumption 3.5 R&D Public order and safety Local government 2020* 7
P2 Intermediate consumption 3.5 R&D Public order and safety Social security funds 2020* 0
P2 Intermediate consumption 3.6 Public order and safety n.e.c General government 2020* 515
P2 Intermediate consumption 3.6 Public order and safety n.e.c Central government 2020* 137
P2 Intermediate consumption 3.6 Public order and safety n.e.c The State 2020* 129
P2 Intermediate consumption 3.6 Public order and safety n.e.c Other central government 2020* 8
P2 Intermediate consumption 3.6 Public order and safety n.e.c Local government 2020* 378
P2 Intermediate consumption 3.6 Public order and safety n.e.c Social security funds 2020* 0
P2 Intermediate consumption 7.4 Public health services General government 2020* 638
P2 Intermediate consumption 7.4 Public health services Central government 2020* 61
P2 Intermediate consumption 7.4 Public health services The State 2020* 32
P2 Intermediate consumption 7.4 Public health services Other central government 2020* 29
P2 Intermediate consumption 7.4 Public health services Local government 2020* 577
P2 Intermediate consumption 7.4 Public health services Social security funds 2020* 0
D1 Compensation of employees 1. General public services General government 2020* 7,062
D1 Compensation of employees 1. General public services Central government 2020* 4,983
D1 Compensation of employees 1. General public services The State 2020* 3,812
D1 Compensation of employees 1. General public services Other central government 2020* 1,171
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.