Sri Lanka External Debt: % of GDP

1994 - 2020 | Yearly | % | CEIC Data

Key information about Sri Lanka`s External Debt: % of GDP

  • Sri Lanka External Debt accounted for 61.1 % of the country's Nominal GDP in 2020, compared with the ratio of 66.3 % in the previous year.
  • Sri Lanka External Debt: % of Nominal GDP data is updated yearly, available from Dec 1994 to Dec 2020.
  • The data reached an all-time high of 67.0 % in Dec 2018 and a record low of 38.8 % in Dec 2008.

CEIC calculates External Debt as % of Nominal GDP from annual External Debt and annual Nominal GDP. The Central Bank of Sri Lanka provides External Debt in local currency based on BPM6. The Department of Census and Statistics provides Nominal GDP in local currency based on SNA 2008. External Debt as % of Nominal GDP prior to 2011 is calculated from External Debt based on BPM5 and Nominal GDP based on SNA 1993. Nominal GDP prior to 2002 is sourced from the International Monetary Fund.


Related information about Sri Lanka`s External Debt: % of GDP

  • In the latest reports of Sri Lanka, Current Account recorded a deficit of 990.2 USD mn in Jun 2021.
  • Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) increased by 173.5 USD mn in Jun 2021.
  • Sri Lanka Direct Investment Abroad expanded by 4.4 USD mn in Jun 2021.
  • Its Foreign Portfolio Investment fell by 5.3 USD mn in Jun 2021.
  • The country's External Debt reached 49,211.6 in Dec 2020.
  • The country's Nominal GDP was reported at 21.8 USD bn in Dec 2020.

View Sri Lanka's External Debt: % of GDP from 1994 to 2020 in the chart:

Sri Lanka External Debt: % of GDP

What was Sri Lanka's External Debt: % of GDP in 2020?

Sri Lanka External Debt accounted for 61.1 % of the country's Nominal GDP in 2020, compared with the ratio of 66.3 % in the previous year. See the table below for more data.

Last Previous Min Max Unit Frequency Range
61.1 2020 66.3 2019 38.8 2008 67.0 2018 % yearly 1994 - 2020

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country/region Last Frequency Range
Albania (%) 65.6 2020 yearly 1991 - 2020
Algeria (%) 2.2 2019 yearly 1970 - 2019
Argentina (%) 70.7 2020 yearly 1994 - 2020
Armenia (%) 102.3 2020 yearly 2000 - 2020
Australia (%) 129.1 2020 yearly 1988 - 2020
Austria (%) 164.9 2020 yearly 1997 - 2020
Azerbaijan (%) 20.7 Dec 2020 quarterly Dec 2001 - Dec 2020
Bangladesh (%) 11.4 2017 yearly 1997 - 2017
Belarus (%) 70.2 Dec 2020 quarterly Dec 2000 - Dec 2020
Belgium (%) 261.0 2020 yearly 2007 - 2020
Bolivia (%) 38.8 2020 yearly 2006 - 2020
Bosnia and Herzegovina (%) 25.5 2020 yearly 1999 - 2020
Botswana (%) 8.6 2020 yearly 1995 - 2020
Brazil (%) 38.4 2020 yearly 1992 - 2020
Bulgaria (%) 64.6 2020 yearly 1999 - 2020
Cambodia (%) 69.9 2020 yearly 2010 - 2020
Canada (%) 142.8 2020 yearly 1990 - 2020
Chile (%) 82.4 2020 yearly 1971 - 2020
China (%) 16.3 2020 yearly 1985 - 2020
Colombia (%) 56.7 2020 yearly 1970 - 2020
Croatia (%) 87.9 2020 yearly 1998 - 2020
Cyprus (%) 908.4 2020 yearly 2004 - 2020
Czech Republic (%) 75.5 2020 yearly 1995 - 2020
Denmark (%) 157.0 2020 yearly 2005 - 2020
Ecuador (%) 57.4 2020 yearly 1970 - 2020
Egypt (%) 33.9 Sep 2020 quarterly Jun 1999 - Sep 2020
Estonia (%) 91.1 2020 yearly 1996 - 2020
European Union (%) 130.3 2020 yearly 2008 - 2020
Finland (%) 225.1 2020 yearly 1991 - 2020
France (%) 261.7 2020 yearly 2004 - 2020
Georgia (%) 129.8 2020 yearly 1999 - 2020
Germany (%) 163.3 2020 yearly 1999 - 2020
Ghana (%) 34.2 2020 yearly 1999 - 2020
Greece (%) 299.1 2020 yearly 2003 - 2020
Hong Kong SAR, China (%) 514.2 2020 yearly 2001 - 2020
Hungary (%) 155.9 2020 yearly 2006 - 2020
Iceland (%) 83.5 2020 yearly 1989 - 2020
India (%) 21.1 2021 yearly 1970 - 2021
Indonesia (%) 39.4 2020 yearly 2003 - 2020
Iran (%) 1.1 2021 yearly 1994 - 2021
Ireland (%) 701.2 2020 yearly 2002 - 2020
Israel (%) 32.9 2020 yearly 1998 - 2020
Italy (%) 140.2 2020 yearly 2002 - 2020
Ivory Coast (%) 24.0 2018 yearly 1994 - 2018
Japan (%) 92.8 2020 yearly 2003 - 2020
Jordan (%) 82.1 2020 yearly 1970 - 2020
Kazakhstan (%) 96.5 Dec 2020 quarterly Mar 2002 - Dec 2020
Kenya (%) 33.1 2019 yearly 2015 - 2019
South Korea (%) 33.3 2020 yearly 1994 - 2020
Kosovo (%) 37.2 2020 yearly 2007 - 2020
Kuwait (%) 50.5 2020 yearly 2014 - 2020
Kyrgyzstan (%) 112.9 2020 yearly 2003 - 2020
Laos (%) 52.6 2019 yearly 1996 - 2019
Latvia (%) 124.2 Dec 2020 quarterly Mar 2000 - Dec 2020
Lebanon (%) 62.8 2019 yearly 2007 - 2019
Lithuania (%) 75.7 2020 yearly 1996 - 2020
Luxembourg (%) 5,166.8 2020 yearly 2002 - 2020
North Macedonia (%) 80.2 2020 yearly 2004 - 2020
Malawi (%) 39.4 2014 yearly 2006 - 2014
Malaysia (%) 67.6 2020 yearly 2009 - 2020
Malta (%) 678.6 2020 yearly 2004 - 2020
Mauritius (%) 2,062.5 2020 yearly 2009 - 2020
Mexico (%) 42.8 2020 yearly 2002 - 2020
Moldova (%) 70.1 2020 yearly 2000 - 2020
Mongolia (%) 243.1 2020 yearly 1992 - 2020
Montenegro (%) 203.8 2020 yearly 2006 - 2020
Morocco (%) 53.5 2020 yearly 1970 - 2020
Mozambique (%) 71.8 2017 yearly 1985 - 2017
Nepal (%) 17.3 2016 yearly 2001 - 2016
Netherlands (%) 443.8 2020 yearly 2003 - 2020
New Zealand (%) 90.3 2020 yearly 1993 - 2020
Nigeria (%) 7.8 2020 yearly 1985 - 2020
Norway (%) 180.1 2020 yearly 2003 - 2020
Pakistan (%) 41.0 2021 yearly 2000 - 2021
Palestinian Territory (%) 35.4 2018 yearly 2012 - 2018
Panama (%) 201.9 2020 yearly 2014 - 2020
Paraguay (%) 53.8 2020 yearly 2000 - 2020
Peru (%) 43.3 2020 yearly 1980 - 2020
Philippines (%) 27.2 2020 yearly 1990 - 2020
Poland (%) 60.6 2020 yearly 1995 - 2020
Portugal (%) 205.2 2020 yearly 1996 - 2020
Qatar (%) 106.1 2018 yearly 2000 - 2018
Romania (%) 58.1 2020 yearly 1995 - 2020
Russia (%) 31.5 2020 yearly 1993 - 2020
Serbia (%) 61.5 2020 yearly 2000 - 2020
Singapore (%) 471.3 2020 yearly 2003 - 2020
Slovakia (%) 120.5 2020 yearly 1995 - 2020
Slovenia (%) 101.9 2020 yearly 2001 - 2020
South Africa (%) 50.8 2020 yearly 1985 - 2020
Spain (%) 198.8 2020 yearly 1995 - 2020
Sri Lanka (%) 61.1 2020 yearly 1994 - 2020
Sudan (%) 120.5 2019 yearly 2001 - 2019
Sweden (%) 164.2 2020 yearly 1997 - 2020
Switzerland (%) 283.3 2020 yearly 1999 - 2020
Taiwan (%) 28.4 2020 yearly 1999 - 2020
Tajikistan (%) 37.5 2020 yearly 2000 - 2020
Thailand (%) 36.7 Dec 2020 quarterly Mar 2005 - Dec 2020
Tunisia (%) 100.9 2020 yearly 2002 - 2020
Turkey (%) 60.4 2020 yearly 1989 - 2020
Ukraine (%) 80.8 2020 yearly 1993 - 2020

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Government and Public Finance Last Frequency Range
Consolidated Fiscal Balance: % of GDP (%) -11.1 Dec 2020 quarterly Dec 2014 - Dec 2020
Tax Revenue (USD mn) 6,565.962 2020 yearly 1990 - 2020
Tax Revenue: % of GDP (%) 7.5 Dec 2020 quarterly Mar 2014 - Dec 2020
National Government Debt (USD mn) 83,301.6 Jun 2021 quarterly Mar 2014 - Jun 2021
Government Debt: % of GDP (%) 101.0 Dec 2020 quarterly Mar 2014 - Dec 2020
Forecast: Government Expenditure (LKR bn) 5,053.920 2026 yearly 1990 - 2026
Forecast: Government Net Debt (LKR bn) 29,011.740 2026 yearly 1990 - 2026
Forecast: Government Revenue (LKR bn) 2,931.750 2026 yearly 1990 - 2026
Government Debt: Domestic (LKR mn) 9,931,739.487 Jun 2021 quarterly Mar 2014 - Jun 2021
Government Debt: Foreign (LKR mn) 6,632,780.953 Jun 2021 quarterly Mar 2014 - Jun 2021
Government Expenditure & LR: Recurrent (LKR mn) 620,563.110 Jun 2021 quarterly Mar 2014 - Jun 2021
Government Expenditure & LR: Capital & Net Lending (LKR mn) 109,415.720 Jun 2021 quarterly Mar 2014 - Jun 2021
Government Revenue & Grants​: Revenue (LKR mn) 349,158.740 Jun 2021 quarterly Mar 2014 - Jun 2021
Overall Fiscal Surplus/Deficit (LKR mn) -380,514.230 Jun 2021 quarterly Mar 2014 - Jun 2021
Government Expenditure & Lending Minus Repayments (LR) (LKR mn) 729,978.830 Jun 2021 quarterly Mar 2014 - Jun 2021
Foreign Trade Last Frequency Range
Forecast: Exports of Goods Growth (%) 4.798 2026 yearly 1980 - 2026
Trade Balance (USD mn) -586.2 Aug 2021 monthly Jan 1982 - Aug 2021
Total Exports (USD mn) 951.7 Feb 2021 monthly Jan 1982 - Feb 2021
Total Exports Growth (%) 3.1 Sep 2021 monthly Jan 1983 - Sep 2021
Aluminum: Exports (USD th) 5,973.126 2020 yearly 1995 - 2020
Exports: Medicament (USD th) 6,311.359 2020 yearly 1995 - 2020
Exports: Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Product (USD th) 3,346.416 2020 yearly 1995 - 2020
Total Imports (USD mn) 1,707.0 Apr 2021 monthly Jan 1982 - Apr 2021
Total Imports Growth (%) 0.1 Sep 2021 monthly Jan 1983 - Sep 2021
Imports: Medicament (USD th) 433,163.684 2020 yearly 1995 - 2020
Imports: Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Product (USD th) 117,112.793 2020 yearly 1995 - 2020
Total Exports to USA (USD mn) 252.900 Oct 2020 monthly Jan 1978 - Oct 2020
Total Imports from USA (USD mn) 50.014 Jan 2021 monthly Jan 1978 - Jan 2021
Total Exports to China (USD mn) 22.775 Feb 2021 monthly Jan 2016 - Feb 2021
Total Imports from China (USD mn) 323.995 Feb 2021 monthly Jan 2016 - Feb 2021
Imports: Intermediate Goods (LKR mn) 202,499.073 Aug 2021 monthly Jan 1995 - Aug 2021
Imports: Investment Goods (LKR mn) 70,510.180 Aug 2021 monthly Jan 1995 - Aug 2021
Imports: Intermediate Goods: Textiles & Textile Articles (LKR mn) 48,385.903 Aug 2021 monthly Jan 1995 - Aug 2021
Imports: Consumer Goods (LKR mn) 65,011.236 Aug 2021 monthly Jan 1995 - Aug 2021
Imports: Intermediate Goods: Fuel (LKR mn) 70,709.861 Aug 2021 monthly Jan 1995 - Aug 2021
Import Volume Index (IVoI): 2010=100 (2010=100) 153.127 Aug 2021 monthly Jan 2010 - Aug 2021
Export Volume Index (EVoI): 2010=100 (2010=100) 170.719 Aug 2021 monthly Jan 2010 - Aug 2021
Terms of Trade Index: 2010=100 (2010=100) 91.005 Aug 2021 monthly Jan 2010 - Aug 2021
Balance of Payments Last Frequency Range
Direct Investment Abroad (USD mn) 4.4 Jun 2021 quarterly Mar 2012 - Jun 2021
Current Account Balance (USD mn) -990.2 Jun 2021 quarterly Mar 1977 - Jun 2021
Current Account Balance: % of GDP (%) -5.4 Jun 2021 quarterly Mar 2002 - Jun 2021
Foreign Direct Investment (USD mn) 173.5 Jun 2021 quarterly Mar 1977 - Jun 2021
Foreign Direct Investment: % of GDP (%) 0.9 Jun 2021 quarterly Mar 2002 - Jun 2021
Foreign Portfolio Investment (USD mn) -5.347 Jun 2021 quarterly Mar 2012 - Jun 2021
Foreign Portfolio Investment: % of GDP (%) -5.3 Dec 2020 quarterly Mar 2012 - Dec 2020
Foreign Portfolio Investment: Equity Securities (USD mn) -10.7 Dec 2020 quarterly Mar 2012 - Dec 2020
Foreign Portfolio Investment: Debt Securities (USD mn) -1,138.683 Dec 2020 quarterly Mar 2012 - Dec 2020
External Debt (USD mn) 49,211.6 Dec 2020 quarterly Dec 2012 - Dec 2020
External Debt: % of GDP (%) 61.1 2020 yearly 1994 - 2020
External Debt: Short Term (USD mn) 8,396.0 Jun 2021 quarterly Dec 2012 - Jun 2021
External Debt: Short Term: % of GDP (%) 10.2 2020 yearly 1994 - 2020
Forecast: Current Account Balance (USD bn) -2.607 2026 yearly 1980 - 2026
Net International Investment Position (USD mn) -47,867.646 Dec 2020 quarterly Mar 2013 - Dec 2020
BoP: CA: Primary Income (PI) (USD mn) -464.201 Jun 2021 quarterly Mar 2012 - Jun 2021
BoP: FA: Liabilities (USD mn) 1,135.202 Jun 2021 quarterly Mar 2012 - Jun 2021
BoP: CA: Goods & Services: Services: Credit (USD mn) 688.134 Jun 2021 quarterly Mar 2012 - Jun 2021
BoP: CA: Goods & Services: Goods: Credit (USD mn) 2,716.874 Jun 2021 quarterly Mar 2012 - Jun 2021
BoP: Capital Account: Credit (USD mn) 14.314 Jun 2021 quarterly Mar 2012 - Jun 2021
BoP: Current & CA: Credit (USD mn) 4,908.414 Jun 2021 quarterly Mar 2012 - Jun 2021
BoP: FA: Assets (USD mn) 349.407 Jun 2021 quarterly Mar 2012 - Jun 2021
BoP: CA: Primary Income: Credit (USD mn) 29.990 Jun 2021 quarterly Mar 2012 - Jun 2021
BoP: FA: Assets: Portfolio Investment (PO) (USD mn) 0.000 Jun 2021 quarterly Mar 2012 - Jun 2021
BoP: Secondary Income: Credit (USD mn) 1,459.102 Jun 2021 quarterly Mar 2012 - Jun 2021
BoP: FA: Liabilities: Other Investment (OI) (USD mn) 967.041 Jun 2021 quarterly Mar 2012 - Jun 2021
BoP: CA: Primary Income: Debit (USD mn) 494.191 Jun 2021 quarterly Mar 2012 - Jun 2021
BoP: FA: Assets: Direct Investment (DI) (USD mn) 4.361 Jun 2021 quarterly Mar 2012 - Jun 2021
BoP: Capital Account (CP) (USD mn) 8.614 Jun 2021 quarterly Mar 2012 - Jun 2021
BoP: FA: Liabilities: Portfolio Investment (PO) (USD mn) -5.347 Jun 2021 quarterly Mar 2012 - Jun 2021
BoP: Capital Account: Debit (USD mn) 5.700 Jun 2021 quarterly Mar 2012 - Jun 2021
BoP: Current & Capital Account (USD mn) -981.558 Jun 2021 quarterly Mar 2012 - Jun 2021
BoP: FA: Assets: Other Investment (OI) (USD mn) 371.477 Jun 2021 quarterly Mar 2012 - Jun 2021
BoP: Current Account: Credit (USD mn) 4,894.100 Jun 2021 quarterly Mar 2012 - Jun 2021
BoP: CA: Goods & Services: Services: Debit (USD mn) 346.470 Jun 2021 quarterly Mar 2012 - Jun 2021
BoP: Secondary Income: Debit (USD mn) 70.000 Jun 2021 quarterly Mar 2012 - Jun 2021
BoP: CA: Goods & Services: Goods: Debit (USD mn) 4,973.610 Jun 2021 quarterly Mar 2012 - Jun 2021
BoP: FA: Liabilities: Direct Investment (DI) (USD mn) 173.508 Jun 2021 quarterly Mar 2012 - Jun 2021
BoP: Current & CA: Debit (USD mn) 5,889.972 Jun 2021 quarterly Mar 2012 - Jun 2021
BoP: Secondary Income (USD mn) 1,389.102 Jun 2021 quarterly Mar 2012 - Jun 2021
BoP: CA: Goods & Services: Goods (USD mn) -2,256.736 Jun 2021 quarterly Mar 2012 - Jun 2021
BoP: Current Account: Debit (USD mn) 5,884.272 Jun 2021 quarterly Mar 2012 - Jun 2021
BoP: Current Account (CA) (USD mn) -990.172 Jun 2021 quarterly Mar 2012 - Jun 2021
BoP: CA: Goods & Services: Services (USD mn) 341.664 Jun 2021 quarterly Mar 2012 - Jun 2021
BoP: FA: Assets: Reserve Assets (RA) (USD mn) -26.431 Jun 2021 quarterly Mar 2012 - Jun 2021
BoP: FA: Assets: Financial Derivatives (USD mn) 0.000 Dec 2018 quarterly Mar 2012 - Dec 2018
BoP: FA: Assets: Errors & Ommissions (USD mn) 192.632 Dec 2018 quarterly Mar 2012 - Dec 2018
BoP: FA: Liabilities: Financial Derivatives (USD mn) 0.000 Dec 2018 quarterly Mar 2012 - Dec 2018
IIP: Assets (USD mn) 9,322.424 Jun 2021 quarterly Sep 2013 - Jun 2021
IIP: Liabilities (USD mn) 60,074.425 Jun 2021 quarterly Sep 2013 - Jun 2021
International Investment Position (IIP): Net (USD mn) -50,752.001 Jun 2021 quarterly Sep 2013 - Jun 2021
No of Registered Enterprises (Unit) 5,760.000 2020 yearly 1994 - 2020
Monetary Last Frequency Range
Non Performing Loans Ratio (%) 4.9 2020 yearly 1998 - 2020
Household Debt: % of GDP (%) 10.9 Dec 2020 quarterly Dec 2010 - Dec 2020
Money Supply M1 (USD mn) 6,626.633 Sep 2021 monthly Jan 1994 - Sep 2021
Money Supply M2 (USD mn) 47,482.412 Sep 2021 monthly Jan 1994 - Sep 2021
M2 Growth (%) 17.7 Sep 2021 monthly Jan 1995 - Sep 2021
Reserve Requirement Ratio (%) 4.0 Oct 2021 monthly Mar 1997 - Oct 2021
Foreign Exchange Reserves (USD mn) 1,686.1 Oct 2021 monthly Dec 1956 - Oct 2021
Foreign Exchange Reserves: Months of Import (NA) 1.4 Sep 2021 monthly Jan 1982 - Sep 2021
Gold Reserves (USD mn) 384.120 Oct 2021 monthly Dec 1977 - Oct 2021
Total Deposits (USD mn) 57,265.208 Apr 2021 monthly Dec 2002 - Apr 2021
Total Deposits Growth (%) 18.4 Nov 2020 monthly Dec 2003 - Nov 2020
Domestic Credit (USD mn) 69,044.2 Sep 2021 monthly Jan 1996 - Sep 2021
Domestic Credit Growth (%) 25.0 Sep 2021 monthly Jan 1997 - Sep 2021
Household Debt (USD mn) 8,312.3 Mar 2021 quarterly Jun 2010 - Mar 2021
Total Loans (USD mn) 36,251.663 Feb 2021 monthly Dec 1983 - Feb 2021
Total Loans Growth (%) 16.06 Mar 2021 monthly Dec 1984 - Mar 2021
Private Debt: % of Nominal GDP (%) 40.26 Dec 2020 quarterly Dec 2010 - Dec 2020
ORA: Foreign Currency Reserves in Convertible FC (FCR) (USD mn) 1,686.083 Oct 2021 monthly Nov 2013 - Oct 2021
Official Reserve Assets (ORA) (USD mn) 2,267.550 Oct 2021 monthly Nov 2013 - Oct 2021
Commercial Banks: Loans: Personal Loans & Advances (LA) (LKR mn) 1,654,728.000 Mar 2021 quarterly Jun 2010 - Mar 2021
Business and Economic Survey Last Frequency Range
Business Confidence Growth (% Point) 40.2 Oct 2021 monthly May 2016 - Oct 2021
Business Sentiment Index: Business Condition: Current Quarter (Index) 67.803 Jun 2021 quarterly Jun 2014 - Jun 2021
Purchasing Managers Index: Manufacturing (Index) 60.400 Oct 2021 monthly May 2015 - Oct 2021
LK: Ease of Doing Business Rank: 1=Most Business-friendly Regulations (NA) 99.000 2019 yearly 2019 - 2019

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