Government balance sheet; assets and liabilities

Table description


This table contains information on the balance sheet of the general government sector. The balance sheet shows stock levels of assets and financial liabilities, as well as net worth of the general government sector. Assets are either financial (e.g. loans) or non-financial (e.g. non-residential buildings). The stock of assets equals the sum of the stock of financial liabilities and net worth. Stocks of assets and liabilities in this table are mostly valued at market value. This is the value of the asset or liability as if it were being acquired or sold on the date to which the balance sheet relates. When there are no observable market prices, estimates are made for the market value. Financial assets and liabilities that are not commonly traded on a market, such as cash, deposits, loans and other accounts receivable/payable are valued at nominal value.

The figures in this table are consolidated at the general government level. This means that stocks between units that both belong to the general government sector are eliminated.

The terms and definitions used are in accordance with the framework of the Dutch national accounts. National accounts are based on the international definitions of the European System of Accounts (ESA 2010). Small temporary differences with publications of the National Accounts may occur due to the fact that the government finance statistics are sometimes more up to date.

Data available from: 1995

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

Changes as of 31 August 2021:
Annual figures for 2020 are available.
In the context of the revision policy of the National accounts the annual figures from 1995 of the financial accounts of general government have been revised. The figures are in line with the publications of the National accounts.
The annual figures for 2019 are final.

When will new figures be published?
New provisional data are published in July or August after the end of the reporting year. The previous provisional figures will become final and previous 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

Assets
The assets recorded in the government balance sheet are economic assets. An economic asset is a store of value representing the benefits accruing to the economic owner by holding or using the entity over a period of time. It is a means of carrying forward value from one accounting period to another.
Financial assets
Financial assets are economic assets comprising financial claims, equity and the gold bullion component of monetary gold. Financial assets are stores of value representing benefits accruing to the economic owner by holding them over a period of time. They are means of carrying forward values from one accounting period to another. Benefits or series of benefits are exchanged by means of payment. Means of payment consist of monetary gold, special drawing rights, currency and transferable deposits. Financial claims, also called financial instruments, are financial assets that have corresponding liabilities.
AF2 Currency and deposits
Currency consists of notes and coins that are issued or authorised by monetary authorities. Deposits are standardised, non-negotiable contracts with the public at large, offered by deposit-taking corporations and, in some cases, by central government as debtors, and allowing the placement and the later withdrawal of the principal amount by the creditor. Deposits usually involve the debtor giving back the full principal amount to the investor.
AF22 Transferable deposits
Transferable deposits are deposits exchangeable for currency on demand, at par, and which are directly usable for making payments by cheque, draft, giro order, direct debit/credit, or other direct payment facilities, without penalty or restriction.
AF29 Other deposits
Overige deposito's zijn andere deposito's dan girale deposito's. Overige deposito's kunnen niet worden gebruikt voor het verrichten van betalingen, behalve op de vervaldatum of na een overeengekomen opzegtermijn, en kunnen niet in chartaal geld of girale deposito's worden omgezet zonder enige aanzienlijke beperking of boete. Daarnaast omvatten overige deposito's tegoeden van de overheid die aangehouden worden bij de centrale overheid.

Other deposits include all deposits in euros and foreign currency at any resident and non-resident bank (except for saving deposits in euro's), which are not immediately transferable without restrictions.
Liabilities
Sum of financial liabilities and net worth. Financial liabilities are established when debtors are obliged to provide payments or series of payments to creditors.
Financial liabilities
Financial liabilities are established when debtors are obliged to provide payments or series of payments to creditors.
AF2 Currency and deposits
Currency consists of notes and coins that are issued or authorised by monetary authorities. Deposits are standardised, non-negotiable contracts with the public at large, offered by deposit-taking corporations and, in some cases, by central government as debtors, and allowing the placement and the later withdrawal of the principal amount by the creditor. Deposits usually involve the debtor giving back the full principal amount to the investor.
AF22 Transferable deposits
Transferable deposits are deposits exchangeable for currency on demand, at par, and which are directly usable for making payments by cheque, draft, giro order, direct debit/credit, or other direct payment facilities, without penalty or restriction.
AF29 Other deposits
Other deposits include all deposits in euros and foreign currency at any resident and non-resident bank (except for saving deposits in euro's), which are not immediately transferable without restrictions.