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 Social security funds 2020* 151,299
Total government expenditure 1. General public services Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 1.1 Executive and legislative organs, .. Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 1.2 Foreign economic aid Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 1.3 General services Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 1.4 Basic research Social security funds 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. Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 1.7 Public debt transactions Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 1.8 Transfers of a general character b.. Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 2. Defence Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 2.1 Military defence Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 2.2 Civil defence Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 2.3 Foreign military aid Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 2.4 R&D Defence Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 2.5 Defence n.e.c. Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 3. Public order and safety Social security funds 2020* 55
Total government expenditure 3.1 Police services Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 3.2 Fire-protection services Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 3.3 Law courts Social security funds 2020* 55
Total government expenditure 3.4 Prisons Social security funds 2020* 0
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 Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 4. Economic affairs Social security funds 2020* 15,671
Total government expenditure 4.1 General economic, commercial and l.. Social security funds 2020* 15,604
Total government expenditure 4.2 Agriculture, forestry, fishery, an.. Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 4.3 Fuel and energy Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 4.4 Mining, manufacturing and construc.. Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 4.5 Transport Social security funds 2020* 67
Total government expenditure 4.6 Communication Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 4.7 Other industries Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 4.8 R&D Economic affairs Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 4.9 Economic affairs n.e.c. Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 5. Environmental protection Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 5.1 Waste management Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 5.2 Waste water management Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 5.3 Pollution abatement Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 5.4 Protection of biodiversity and lan.. Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 5.5 R&D Environmental protection Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 5.6 Environmental protection n.e.c. Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 6 Housing and community amenities Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 6.1 Housing development Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 6.2 Community development Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 6.3 Water supply Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 6.4 Street lighting Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 6.5 R&D Housing and community amenities Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 6.6 Housing and community amenities n... Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 7. Health Social security funds 2020* 56,279
Total government expenditure 7.1 Medical products, appliances and e.. Social security funds 2020* 5,731
Total government expenditure 7.2 Outpatient services Social security funds 2020* 19,210
Total government expenditure 7.3 Hospital services Social security funds 2020* 30,018
Total government expenditure 7.4 Public health services Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 7.5 R&D Health Social security funds 2020* 164
Total government expenditure 7.6 Health n.e.c. Social security funds 2020* 1,156
Total government expenditure 8. Recreation, culture and religion Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 8.1 Recreational and sporting services Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 8.2 Cultural services Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 8.3 Broadcasting and publishing services Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 8.4 Religious and other community serv.. Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 8.5 R&D Recreation, culture and religion Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 8.6 Recreation, culture and religion n.. Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 9. Education Social security funds 2020* 274
Total government expenditure 9.1 Primary education Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 9.2 Secondary education Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 9.3 Post-secondary non-tertiary educat.. Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 9.4 Tertiary education Social security funds 2020* 274
Total government expenditure 9.5 Education not definable by level Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 9.6 Subsidiary services to education Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 9.7 R&D Education Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 9.8 Education n.e.c. Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 10. Social protection Social security funds 2020* 79,020
Total government expenditure 10.1 Sickness and disability Social security funds 2020* 21,142
Total government expenditure 10.2 Old age Social security funds 2020* 50,385
Total government expenditure 10.3 Survivors Social security funds 2020* 349
Total government expenditure 10.4 Family and children Social security funds 2020* 1,295
Total government expenditure 10.5 Unemployment Social security funds 2020* 5,030
Total government expenditure 10.6 Housing Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 10.7 Social exclusion n.e.c. Social security funds 2020* 783
Total government expenditure 10.8 R&D Social protection Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 10.9 Social protection n.e.c. Social security funds 2020* 36
P2 Intermediate consumption Total Social security funds 2020* 2,114
P2 Intermediate consumption 1. General public services Social security funds 2020* 0
P2 Intermediate consumption 1.1 Executive and legislative organs, .. Social security funds 2020* 0
P2 Intermediate consumption 1.2 Foreign economic aid Social security funds 2020* 0
P2 Intermediate consumption 1.3 General services Social security funds 2020* 0
P2 Intermediate consumption 1.4 Basic research Social security funds 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. Social security funds 2020* 0
P2 Intermediate consumption 1.7 Public debt transactions Social security funds 2020* 0
P2 Intermediate consumption 1.8 Transfers of a general character b.. Social security funds 2020*
P2 Intermediate consumption 2. Defence Social security funds 2020* 0
P2 Intermediate consumption 2.1 Military defence Social security funds 2020* 0
P2 Intermediate consumption 2.2 Civil defence Social security funds 2020* 0
P2 Intermediate consumption 2.3 Foreign military aid Social security funds 2020* 0
P2 Intermediate consumption 2.4 R&D Defence Social security funds 2020* 0
P2 Intermediate consumption 2.5 Defence n.e.c. Social security funds 2020* 0
P2 Intermediate consumption 3. Public order and safety Social security funds 2020* 0
P2 Intermediate consumption 3.1 Police services Social security funds 2020* 0
P2 Intermediate consumption 3.2 Fire-protection services Social security funds 2020* 0
P2 Intermediate consumption 3.3 Law courts Social security funds 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 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.