CHART: Who Owns Our Government Debt?

Posted by Mike Tirone - Monday, September 26th, 2011

The U.S. national debt has been constantly discussed and argued over for decades. Recently we have seen this argument reach new heights...

U.S. presidents in the past have fought with the massive debt, while also continuing to add to it. Of the $14 trillion in U.S. debt, many creditors hold serious percentages of that large amount. But now that a global economic recession is looming, it is important to actually see how the rest of the world is handling their unhealthy amounts of debt and who is holding it all.

The six countries listed below have a debt grand total of $381 quadrillion ($381,470,000,000,000,000):

U.S.: $14.825 trillion or external debt (as % of GDP): 101%

U.K.: $8.98 trillion or 413% of GDP

Greece: $579.7 billion or 182% of GDP

Ireland: $2.38 trillion or 1,382% of GDP

Japan: $11 trillion or 225% of GDP

Portugal: $552 billion or 223% of GDP

holders of debt

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