Government Finance Statistics (IMF)


Data description

International Financial Statistics contains data on global exchange rates, international liquidity, money and banking, interest rates, prices, production, international transactions and national accounts. Observations are presented in tables by country, region and world aggregates.

For 1972-1989 coverage, access Historical Government Finance Statistics.

Further IMF data is available in Direction of Trade Statistics and International Financial Statistics.

Government Finance Statistics contains four data views:

  • 'Table View' corresponding to tables in the GFS Yearbook
  • 'Economic Concept View' providing access to comparable analytical concepts across countries
  • 'Search/view' based on the structure of the time series codes
  • 'Multi-year Matrix View' for enhanced data analysis based on GFS manual statements and tables.

Detailed classification tables are presented in Appendix 4 of the GFS Manual.


Time period

Coverage: 1990-2013
Latest on server: September 2013
Historical GFS data: 1972-1989 


Support links

The online Government Finance Statistics manual is on this IMF page

Users are encouraged to read the documentation files in the GFS DVD.


How to access data

Connect to the GFS networked DVD via this Catalogue record.

When the networked DVD interface opens, select the target drive before clicking on ‘connect.’ If this step is not taken, it will not be possible to save after selecting variables for export.

DVD/CD-rom server instructions are on this page.

Use an on-campus computer to access this resource.


Data homepage 

Contact: Thomas Bourke at

Page last updated on 07 January 2014