Expenditure for Social Purposes

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Social spending is high in many OECD countries. On average public social spending in OECD countries amounts to about 20% of GDP in 2018. While total public social spending covers all financial flows from public bodies for social purposes, total net social spending also takes into account taxes breaks as well as private spending for social purposes. In particular in the US, Switzerland, Australia, Canada and the UK, total net social spending is much higher than public spending for social purposes.
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Country
Public social spending, % of GDP, 2018
Total net social spending, % of GDP, 2015
Australia AUS 17.8* 23.5
Austria AUT 26.6 24.3
Belgium BEL 28.9 26.7
Canada CAN 17.3* 20.9
Czech Republic CZE 18.7 18.6
Denmark DNK 28 25.4
Finland FIN 28.7 25.3
France FRA 31.2 31.7
Germany DEU 25.1 24.8
Greece GRC 23.5 22.4
Hungary HUN 19.4 18.1
Iceland ISL 16 18.2
Ireland IRL 14.4 16.1
Italy ITA 27.9 25.4
Japan JPN 21.9* 23.5
Korea KOR 11.1 13
Luxembourg LUX 22.4 18.2
Mexico MEX 7.5* 7.7
Netherlands NLD 16.7 26.3*
New Zealand NZL 18.9 17.6
Norway NOR 25 22
Poland POL 21.1 0.9
Portugal PRT 22.6 23
Slovak Republic SVK 17 17.4
Spain ESP 23.7 22.9
Sweden SWE 26.1 24.5
Switzerland CHE 16 23.7
Turkey TUR 12.5* 11.2
United Kingdom GBR 20.6 24.5
United States USA 18.7 30
Chile CHL 10.9* 13.3
Estonia EST 18.4 14.9
Israel ISR 16* 16.5
Slovenia SVN 21.2 20.6
OECD OECD 20.1 20.9
Latvia LVA 16.2 13.7
Lithuania LTU 16.2