List of countries by social welfare spending

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This page lists countries by spending on social welfare. Countries with the highest levels of spending are more likely to be considered welfare states.

As a percentage of GDP[edit]

This table is a list of social welfare spending compiled by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development ("OECD") into the OECD Social Expenditure Database which "includes reliable and internationally comparable statistics on public and mandatory and voluntary private social expenditure at programme level."[citation needed]

Country 2016 2010 2005 2000
1  France 31.5 30.7 28.7 27.5
2  Finland 30.8 27.4 23.9 22.6
3  Belgium 29.0 28.3 25.3 23.5
4  Italy 28.9 27.6 24.1 22.6
5  Denmark 28.7 28.9 25.2 23.8
6  Austria 27.8 27.6 25.9 25.5
7  Sweden 27.1 26.3 27.4 26.8
8  Greece 27.0 23.8 20.4 18.4
9  Germany 25.3 25.9 26.3 25.4
10  Norway 25.1 21.9 20.7 20.4
11  Spain 24.6 25.8 20.4 19.5
12  Portugal 24.1 24.5 22.3 18.5
13  Slovenia 22.8 23.4 21.4 22.4
14  Netherlands 22.0 22.1 20.5 18.4
15  Luxembourg 21.8 22.9 22.4 18.6
16  United Kingdom 21.5 22.8 19.4 17.7
17  Hungary 20.6 23.0 21.9 20.1
18  Poland 20.2 20.6 20.9 20.2
19   Switzerland 19.7 18.4 18.4 16.3
20  Czech Republic 19.4 19.8 18.1 18.0
21  United States 19.3 19.3 15.6 14.3
22  Australia 19.1 16.7 16.7 18.2
23  Slovak Republic 18.6 18.1 15.8 17.6
24  Estonia 17.4 18.3 13.0 13.8
25  Ireland 16.1 22.4 14.9 12.6
26  Israel 16.1 16.0 16.3 17.0
27  Iceland 15.2 17.0 15.9 14.6
28  Latvia 14.5 18.7 12.2 14.8
29  South Korea 10.4 8.3 6.1 4.5

Per capita[edit]

This table lists social spending per head 2013, 2010, and 2005, in 2017 prices and purchasing power parity ("PPP"), in US dollars.

Country 2013 2010 2005
1  Luxembourg 22,207.8 19,358.6 15,003.01
2  Norway 14,541.4 12,889.9 10,034.3
3  Denmark 13,259.8 12,109.2 8,584.1
4  Austria 13,070.7 11,555.9 9,000.1
5  Belgium 12,715.5 11,123.6 8,353.7
6  France 12,356.2 11,014.9 8,722.2
7  Sweden 12,342.2 10,968.3 9,390.2
8  Finland 12,073.2 10,507.0 7,672.3
9   Switzerland 11,392.5 9,428.5 7,170.7
10  Germany 11,140.9 10,466.5 8,575.3
11  Netherlands 10,974.6 9,891.0 7,645.1
12  Italy 10,149.9 9,502.7 7,117.5
13  United States 9,838.4 9,278.7 6,830.3
14  Ireland 9,621.6 9,683.8 6,018.2
15  Spain 8,635.9 8,367.4 5,686.0
16  United Kingdom 8,619.4 8,216.5 6,828.2
17  Australia 8,479.8 7,053.1 5,889.0
18  Japan 8,442.2 7,484.4 5,586.0
19  Canada 7,506.1 7,098.1 5,914.4
20  New Zealand 7,121.6 6,314.7 4,557.3
21  Portugal 7,121.2 6,596.2 4,928.6
22  Iceland 7,092.1 6,563.6 5,719.4
23  Slovenia 6,978.3 6,458.7 5,120.9
24  Czech Republic 6,089.2 5,328.9 4,027.6
25  Israel 5,382.2 4,636.0 4,038.1
26  Hungary 5,314.1 4,970.8 3,784.5
27  Slovak Republic 4,963.3 4,393.9 2,609.6
28  Estonia 4,304.9 3,862.9 2,141.4
29  Latvia 3,243.0 3,258.0 1,723.3
30  South Korea 3,048.1 2,523.3 1,481.1
31  Turkey 2,559.1 2,055.7 1,170.0
32  Chile 2,137.0 1,901.2 1,101.9

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