Sri Lanka External Debt: % of GDP

1998 - 2020 | Yearly | % | CEIC Data

Key information about Sri Lanka External Debt: % of GDP

  • Sri Lanka External Debt accounted for 57.7 % of the country's Nominal GDP in 2020, compared with the ratio of 62.6 % in the previous year.
  • Sri Lanka External Debt: % of Nominal GDP data is updated yearly, available from Dec 1998 to Dec 2020.
  • The data reached an all-time high of 62.6 % in Dec 2019 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. External Debt as % of Nominal GDP prior to 2002 is calculated from Nominal GDP based on SNA 1968.


Related information about Sri Lanka External Debt: % of GDP

  • In the latest reports of Sri Lanka, Current Account recorded a deficit of 1.3 USD bn in Mar 2022.
  • Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) increased by 189.7 USD mn in Mar 2022.
  • Sri Lanka Direct Investment Abroad expanded by 3.8 USD mn in Mar 2022.
  • Its Foreign Portfolio Investment fell by 297.2 USD mn in Mar 2022.
  • The country's External Debt reached 50,592.8 in Mar 2022.
  • The country's Nominal GDP was reported at 24.5 USD bn in Mar 2022.

View Sri Lanka's External Debt: % of GDP from 1998 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 57.7 % of the country's Nominal GDP in 2020, compared with the ratio of 62.6 % in the previous year. See the table below for more data.

Last Previous Min Max Unit Frequency Range
57.7 2020 62.6 2019 38.8 2008 62.6 2019 % yearly 1998 - 2020

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country/region Last Frequency Range
Albania (%) 63.2 2021 yearly 1991 - 2021
Algeria (%) 2.4 2020 yearly 1970 - 2020
Argentina (%) 56.6 2021 yearly 1994 - 2021
Armenia (%) 99.9 2021 yearly 2000 - 2021
Australia (%) 116.1 2021 yearly 1988 - 2021
Austria (%) 161.7 2021 yearly 1997 - 2021
Azerbaijan (%) 14.9 Dec 2021 quarterly Dec 2001 - Dec 2021
Bangladesh (%) 11.4 2017 yearly 1997 - 2017
Belarus (%) 58.5 Mar 2022 quarterly Dec 2000 - Mar 2022
Belgium (%) 258.0 2021 yearly 2007 - 2021
Bolivia (%) 38.8 2020 yearly 2006 - 2020
Bosnia and Herzegovina (%) 25.5 2020 yearly 1999 - 2020
Botswana (%) 8.6 2020 yearly 1995 - 2020
Brazil (%) 35.3 2021 yearly 1992 - 2021
Bulgaria (%) 61.8 2021 yearly 1999 - 2021
Cambodia (%) 75.1 2021 yearly 2010 - 2021
Canada (%) 135.9 2021 yearly 1990 - 2021
Chile (%) 75.4 2021 yearly 1971 - 2021
China (%) 15.5 2021 yearly 1985 - 2021
Colombia (%) 54.6 2021 yearly 1970 - 2021
Croatia (%) 74.6 2021 yearly 1998 - 2021
Cyprus (%) 822.3 2021 yearly 2004 - 2021
Czech Republic (%) 73.2 2021 yearly 1995 - 2021
Denmark (%) 149.9 2021 yearly 2005 - 2021
Ecuador (%) 54.1 2021 yearly 1970 - 2021
Egypt (%) 34.6 Mar 2022 quarterly Jun 1999 - Mar 2022
Estonia (%) 84.7 2021 yearly 1996 - 2021
European Union (%) 130.0 2021 yearly 2008 - 2021
Finland (%) 205.9 2021 yearly 1991 - 2021
France (%) 256.2 2021 yearly 2004 - 2021
Georgia (%) 117.5 2021 yearly 1999 - 2021
Germany (%) 170.3 2021 yearly 1999 - 2021
Ghana (%) 35.6 2021 yearly 1999 - 2021
Greece (%) 304.3 2021 yearly 2003 - 2021
Hong Kong SAR, China (%) 510.6 2021 yearly 2001 - 2021
Hungary (%) 155.5 2020 yearly 2006 - 2020
Iceland (%) 84.8 2021 yearly 1989 - 2021
India (%) 19.9 2022 yearly 1970 - 2022
Indonesia (%) 35.1 2021 yearly 2003 - 2021
Iran (%) 0.9 2021 yearly 1994 - 2021
Ireland (%) 688.8 2021 yearly 2002 - 2021
Israel (%) 32.8 2021 yearly 1998 - 2021
Italy (%) 137.6 2021 yearly 2002 - 2021
Ivory Coast (%) 24.0 2018 yearly 1994 - 2018
Japan (%) 97.9 2021 yearly 2003 - 2021
Jordan (%) 86.6 2021 yearly 1970 - 2021
Kazakhstan (%) 81.7 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2002 - Mar 2022
Kenya (%) 35.3 2020 yearly 2006 - 2020
South Korea (%) 34.9 2021 yearly 1994 - 2021
Kosovo (%) 38.1 2021 yearly 2007 - 2021
Kuwait (%) 58.5 2020 yearly 2014 - 2020
Kyrgyzstan (%) 106.1 2021 yearly 2003 - 2021
Laos (%) 53.8 2021 yearly 1996 - 2021
Latvia (%) 107.8 Jun 2022 quarterly Mar 2000 - Jun 2022
Lebanon (%) 53.0 2020 yearly 2007 - 2020
Lithuania (%) 76.6 2021 yearly 1996 - 2021
Luxembourg (%) 4,791.4 2021 yearly 2002 - 2021
North Macedonia (%) 81.4 2021 yearly 2004 - 2021
Malawi (%) 39.4 2014 yearly 2006 - 2014
Malaysia (%) 70.0 2021 yearly 2009 - 2021
Malta (%) 633.5 2021 yearly 2004 - 2021
Mauritius (%) 2,062.5 2021 yearly 2009 - 2021
Mexico (%) 47.0 2021 yearly 2002 - 2021
Moldova (%) 65.9 2021 yearly 2000 - 2021
Mongolia (%) 221.1 2021 yearly 1992 - 2021
Montenegro (%) 203.8 2020 yearly 2006 - 2020
Morocco (%) 46.9 2021 yearly 1970 - 2021
Mozambique (%) 71.7 2020 yearly 1985 - 2020
Nepal (%) 17.3 2016 yearly 2001 - 2016
Netherlands (%) 412.2 2021 yearly 2003 - 2021
New Zealand (%) 87.9 2021 yearly 1993 - 2021
Nigeria (%) 8.8 2021 yearly 1985 - 2021
Norway (%) 154.4 2021 yearly 2003 - 2021
Pakistan (%) 34.5 2022 yearly 2000 - 2022
Palestinian Territory (%) 12.0 2021 yearly 2012 - 2021
Panama (%) 177.4 2021 yearly 2014 - 2021
Paraguay (%) 50.4 2021 yearly 2000 - 2021
Peru (%) 45.2 2021 yearly 1980 - 2021
Philippines (%) 27.0 2021 yearly 1990 - 2021
Poland (%) 56.5 2021 yearly 1995 - 2021
Portugal (%) 193.3 2021 yearly 1996 - 2021
Qatar (%) 106.1 2018 yearly 2000 - 2018
Romania (%) 56.0 2021 yearly 1995 - 2021
Russia (%) 27.1 2021 yearly 1993 - 2021
Serbia (%) 68.5 2021 yearly 2000 - 2021
Singapore (%) 448.3 2021 yearly 2003 - 2021
Slovakia (%) 137.0 2021 yearly 1995 - 2021
Slovenia (%) 97.7 2021 yearly 2001 - 2021
South Africa (%) 38.3 2021 yearly 1985 - 2021
Spain (%) 192.9 2021 yearly 1995 - 2021
Sri Lanka (%) 57.7 2020 yearly 1998 - 2020
Sudan (%) 105.1 2020 yearly 2001 - 2020
Sweden (%) 169.6 2021 yearly 1997 - 2021
Switzerland (%) 287.3 2021 yearly 1999 - 2021
Taiwan (%) 27.6 2021 yearly 1999 - 2021
Tajikistan (%) 40.6 2020 yearly 2000 - 2020
Thailand (%) 38.7 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2005 - Mar 2022
Tunisia (%) 100.9 2020 yearly 2002 - 2020
Turkey (%) 54.2 2021 yearly 1989 - 2021
Ukraine (%) 64.8 2021 yearly 1993 - 2021

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Government and Public Finance Last Frequency Range
Consolidated Fiscal Balance: % of GDP (%) -11.6 Mar 2022 quarterly Dec 2014 - Mar 2022
Tax Revenue (USD mn) 6,562.001 2021 yearly 1990 - 2021
Tax Revenue: % of GDP (%) 6.9 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2014 - Mar 2022
National Government Debt (USD mn) 68,158.4 Jun 2022 quarterly Mar 2014 - Jun 2022
Government Debt: % of GDP (%) 117.4 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2014 - Mar 2022
Forecast: Government Expenditure (LKR bn) 7,185.828 2027 yearly 1990 - 2027
Forecast: Government Net Debt (LKR bn) 39,280.396 2027 yearly 1990 - 2027
Forecast: Government Revenue (LKR bn) 3,741.173 2027 yearly 1990 - 2027
Government Debt: Foreign (LKR mn) 9,546,604.757 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2014 - Mar 2022
Government Debt: Domestic (LKR mn) 12,150,039.229 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2014 - Mar 2022
Overall Fiscal Surplus/Deficit (LKR mn) -484,285.547 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2014 - Mar 2022
Government Expenditure & LR: Capital & Net Lending (LKR mn) 110,246.923 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2014 - Mar 2022
Government Revenue & Grants​: Revenue (LKR mn) 446,825.225 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2014 - Mar 2022
Government Expenditure & LR: Recurrent (LKR mn) 820,984.981 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2014 - Mar 2022
Government Expenditure & Lending Minus Repayments (LR) (LKR mn) 931,231.905 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2014 - Mar 2022
Foreign Trade Last Frequency Range
Forecast: Exports of Goods Growth (%) 3.238 2027 yearly 1980 - 2027
Trade Balance (USD mn) -123.2 Jul 2022 monthly Jan 1982 - Jul 2022
Total Exports (USD mn) 1,163.6 Jul 2022 monthly Jan 1982 - Jul 2022
Total Exports Growth (%) 5.4 Jul 2022 monthly Jan 1983 - Jul 2022
Aluminum: Exports (USD th) 8,907.620 2021 yearly 1995 - 2021
Exports: Medicament (USD th) 7,800.861 2021 yearly 1995 - 2021
Exports: Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Product (USD th) 3,021.131 2021 yearly 1995 - 2021
Total Imports (USD mn) 1,286.8 Jul 2022 monthly Jan 1982 - Jul 2022
Total Imports Growth (%) -24.8 Jul 2022 monthly Jan 1983 - Jul 2022
Imports: Medicament (USD th) 440,256.326 2021 yearly 1995 - 2021
Imports: Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Product (USD th) 445,689.567 2021 yearly 1995 - 2021
Total Exports to USA (USD mn) 322.929 May 2022 monthly Jan 1978 - May 2022
Total Imports from USA (USD mn) 32.728 May 2022 monthly Jan 1978 - May 2022
Total Exports to China (USD mn) 29.360 May 2022 monthly Jan 2016 - May 2022
Total Imports from China (USD mn) 292.414 May 2022 monthly Jan 2016 - May 2022
Exports: Germany (USD mn) 570.000 2020 yearly 2003 - 2020
Exports: India (USD mn) 606.000 2020 yearly 2003 - 2020
Exports: United States of America (USD mn) 2,500.000 2020 yearly 2003 - 2020
Exports: Italy (USD mn) 455.000 2020 yearly 2003 - 2020
Exports: United Kingdom (USD mn) 908.000 2020 yearly 2003 - 2020
Imports: Investment Goods (LKR mn) 77,043.913 Jul 2022 monthly Jan 1995 - Jul 2022
Imports: Intermediate Goods: Textiles & Textile Articles (LKR mn) 79,501.323 Jul 2022 monthly Jan 1995 - Jul 2022
Imports: Intermediate Goods: Fuel (LKR mn) 124,636.412 Jul 2022 monthly Jan 1995 - Jul 2022
Imports: Consumer Goods (LKR mn) 66,500.807 Jul 2022 monthly Jan 1995 - Jul 2022
Imports: Intermediate Goods (LKR mn) 320,830.858 Jul 2022 monthly Jan 1995 - Jul 2022
Imports: India (USD mn) 3,079.000 2020 yearly 2003 - 2020
Imports: Japan (USD mn) 528.000 2020 yearly 2003 - 2020
Imports: United Arab Emirates (USD mn) 1,035.000 2020 yearly 2003 - 2020
Imports: China (USD mn) 3,579.000 2020 yearly 2003 - 2020
Export Volume Index (EVoI): 2010=100 (2010=100) 149.907 Jul 2022 monthly Jan 2010 - Jul 2022
Import Volume Index (IVoI): 2010=100 (2010=100) 97.251 Jul 2022 monthly Jan 2010 - Jul 2022
Terms of Trade Index: 2010=100 (2010=100) 91.226 Jul 2022 monthly Jan 2010 - Jul 2022
Balance of Payments Last Frequency Range
Direct Investment Abroad (USD mn) 3.8 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2012 - Mar 2022
Current Account Balance (USD mn) -1,331.3 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 1977 - Mar 2022
Current Account Balance: % of GDP (%) -5.4 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2002 - Mar 2022
Foreign Direct Investment (USD mn) 189.7 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 1977 - Mar 2022
Foreign Direct Investment: % of GDP (%) 0.8 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2002 - Mar 2022
Foreign Portfolio Investment (USD mn) -297.189 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2012 - Mar 2022
Foreign Portfolio Investment: % of GDP (%) -1.2 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2012 - Mar 2022
Foreign Portfolio Investment: Equity Securities (USD mn) 90.5 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2012 - Mar 2022
Foreign Portfolio Investment: Debt Securities (USD mn) -387.693 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2012 - Mar 2022
External Debt (USD mn) 50,592.8 Mar 2022 quarterly Dec 2012 - Mar 2022
External Debt: % of GDP (%) 57.7 2020 yearly 1998 - 2020
External Debt: Short Term (USD mn) 8,943.7 Mar 2022 quarterly Dec 2012 - Mar 2022
External Debt: Short Term: % of GDP (%) 9.6 2020 yearly 1998 - 2020
Forecast: Current Account Balance (USD bn) -3.333 2027 yearly 1980 - 2027
Net International Investment Position (USD mn) -52,136.234 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2013 - Mar 2022
BoP: Secondary Income (USD mn) 697.894 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2012 - Mar 2022
BoP: FA: Liabilities (USD mn) 606.963 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2012 - Mar 2022
BoP: CA: Goods & Services: Services: Credit (USD mn) 1,019.797 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2012 - Mar 2022
BoP: Secondary Income: Credit (USD mn) 782.794 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2012 - Mar 2022
BoP: FA: Liabilities: Other Investment (OI) (USD mn) 714.490 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2012 - Mar 2022
BoP: Current Account: Credit (USD mn) 5,067.018 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2012 - Mar 2022
BoP: CA: Goods & Services: Services: Debit (USD mn) 215.520 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2012 - Mar 2022
BoP: Secondary Income: Debit (USD mn) 84.900 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2012 - Mar 2022
BoP: Capital Account: Debit (USD mn) 10.050 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2012 - Mar 2022
BoP: FA: Assets: Other Investment (OI) (USD mn) 522.897 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2012 - Mar 2022
BoP: FA: Assets (USD mn) -694.181 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2012 - Mar 2022
BoP: CA: Primary Income: Credit (USD mn) 15.138 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2012 - Mar 2022
BoP: FA: Assets: Portfolio Investment (PO) (USD mn) 0.000 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2012 - Mar 2022
BoP: CA: Goods & Services: Services (USD mn) 804.277 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2012 - Mar 2022
BoP: FA: Assets: Reserve Assets (RA) (USD mn) -1,220.863 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2012 - Mar 2022
BoP: CA: Primary Income: Debit (USD mn) 446.675 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2012 - Mar 2022
BoP: CA: Goods & Services: Goods (USD mn) -2,401.957 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2012 - Mar 2022
BoP: Current Account: Debit (USD mn) 6,398.341 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2012 - Mar 2022
BoP: CA: Goods & Services: Goods: Debit (USD mn) 5,651.246 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2012 - Mar 2022
BoP: FA: Liabilities: Direct Investment (DI) (USD mn) 189.662 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2012 - Mar 2022
BoP: Current & CA: Debit (USD mn) 6,408.391 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2012 - Mar 2022
BoP: FA: Assets: Direct Investment (DI) (USD mn) 3.785 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2012 - Mar 2022
BoP: Capital Account (CP) (USD mn) 1.608 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2012 - Mar 2022
BoP: FA: Liabilities: Portfolio Investment (PO) (USD mn) -297.189 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2012 - Mar 2022
BoP: Capital Account: Credit (USD mn) 11.658 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2012 - Mar 2022
BoP: Current & CA: Credit (USD mn) 5,078.676 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2012 - Mar 2022
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
BoP: FA: Assets: Financial Derivatives (USD mn) 0.000 Dec 2018 quarterly Mar 2012 - Dec 2018
International Investment Position (IIP): Net (USD mn) -52,136.234 Mar 2022 quarterly Sep 2013 - Mar 2022
IIP: Liabilities (USD mn) 60,197.162 Mar 2022 quarterly Sep 2013 - Mar 2022
IIP: Assets (USD mn) 8,060.928 Mar 2022 quarterly Sep 2013 - Mar 2022
No of Registered Enterprises (Unit) 5,760.000 2020 yearly 1994 - 2020
Monetary Last Frequency Range
Non Performing Loans Ratio (%) 4.5 2021 yearly 1998 - 2021
Household Debt: % of GDP (%) 10.0 Dec 2021 quarterly Dec 2010 - Dec 2021
Money Supply M1 (USD mn) 4,383.473 Jul 2022 monthly Jan 1994 - Jul 2022
Money Supply M2 (USD mn) 28,721.569 Jul 2022 monthly Jan 1994 - Jul 2022
M2 Growth (%) 10.6 Jul 2022 monthly Jan 1995 - Jul 2022
Reserve Requirement Ratio (%) 4.0 Aug 2022 monthly Mar 1997 - Aug 2022
Foreign Exchange Reserves (USD mn) 1,618.6 Aug 2022 monthly Dec 1956 - Aug 2022
Foreign Exchange Reserves: Months of Import (NA) 1.3 Jul 2022 monthly Jan 1982 - Jul 2022
Gold Reserves (USD mn) 25.920 Aug 2022 monthly Dec 1977 - Aug 2022
Total Deposits (USD mn) 59,144.020 Dec 2021 monthly Dec 2002 - Dec 2021
Total Deposits Growth (%) 12.8 Dec 2021 monthly Dec 2003 - Dec 2021
Domestic Credit (USD mn) 45,528.3 Jul 2022 monthly Jan 1996 - Jul 2022
Domestic Credit Growth (%) 23.0 Jul 2022 monthly Jan 1997 - Jul 2022
Household Debt (USD mn) 8,691.3 Dec 2021 quarterly Jun 2010 - Dec 2021
Total Loans (USD mn) 24,211.948 Jun 2022 monthly Dec 1983 - Jun 2022
Total Loans Growth (%) 15.48 Jun 2022 monthly Dec 1984 - Jun 2022
Private Debt: % of Nominal GDP (%) 38.03 Dec 2021 quarterly Dec 2010 - Dec 2021
Official Reserve Assets (ORA) (USD mn) 1,816.779 Jul 2022 monthly Nov 2013 - Jul 2022
ORA: Foreign Currency Reserves in Convertible FC (FCR) (USD mn) 1,618.585 Aug 2022 monthly Nov 2013 - Aug 2022
Commercial Banks: Loans: Personal Loans & Advances (LA) (LKR mn) 1,762,155.000 Dec 2021 quarterly Jun 2010 - Dec 2021
Business and Economic Survey Last Frequency Range
Business Confidence Growth (% Point) 9.0 Aug 2022 monthly May 2016 - Aug 2022
Business Sentiment Index: Business Condition: Current Quarter (Index) 28.000 Jun 2022 quarterly Jun 2014 - Jun 2022
Purchasing Managers Index: Manufacturing (Index) 41.400 Jul 2022 monthly May 2015 - Jul 2022

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