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How much of your country’s debt rests on your shoulders

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When people talk about national debt, it's usually in astronomical, intangible figures we can't relate to.

For example, in Q1 2015, UK government debt amounted to roughly £1.56 trillion. 

Here's a chart.

 

It's all a bit scary and out of perspective, isn't it?

HowMuch.net, a cost information website, has sought to put the numbers into perspective, by calculating the amount of debt per capita - scaling the map in terms of debt per person.

In addition, they've colour coded it to show the percentage of GDP that the national debt makes.

 

It's a clever little graphic, huh?

The countries who owe the most per person were as follows:

  • Japan: $85,694.87 per person
  • Ireland: $67,147.59 per person
  • Singapore: $56,112.75 per person
  • Belgium: $44,202.75 per person
  • United States: $42,503.98 per person
  • Canada: $42,142.61 per person
  • Italy: $40,461.11 per person
  • Iceland: $39,731.65 per person
  • Austria:  $38,769.98 per person
  • United Kingdom: $36,206.11 per person

That's us in tenth.

Eep.


More: A map showing the debt of countries around the world compared to their GDP

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