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Social protection in 2015 - Almost one-third of EU GDP spent on social protection - Highest ratios in France, Denmark and Finland

Brussels, 8 December 2017

Since 2010, social protection expenditure in the European Union (EU)has increased slightly, from 28.6% of GDP in 2010 to 29.0% in 2015, according to data from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In 2015, the two main sources of funding of social protection at EU level were social contributions, making up 54% of total receipts, and general government contributions from taxes at 43%.

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