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Structure of government debt in 2017-Debt mainly held by non-residents in half of the EU Member States-Long-term initial maturities largely prevail across Member States

Brussels, 22 June 2018

Significant differences can be observed across the European Union (EU) regarding the sector in which government debt is held. Among Member States for which data are available, the share of public debt held by non-residents in 2017 was highest in Cyprus (82%), followed by Lithuania (73%), Latvia (68%), Finland, Austria and Slovenia (all 67%). In contrast, the largest proportion of debt held by the (resident) financial corporations sector was recorded in Sweden and Denmark (both 69%), ahead of the Netherlands, Malta and Italy (all 62%).

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STAT/18/4262


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