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International Debt Statistics (World Bank)


Data description

DebtInternational Debt Statistics (IDS) is the World Bank's database on the external debt and financial flows (debt and equity) of 128 countries in the World Bank's debtor reporting system. More than 200 indicators are available. Data is from 1970 to 2020. The database combines observations from 'Quarterly External Debt Statistics' and 'Quarterly Public Sector Debt' published by the World Bank. (IDS was formerly known as 'Global Development Finance.')

The IDS database is updated annually, with a narrative overview of trends, and tables summarising capital flows and debt statistics for reporting countries.

The World Bank Data Portal provides major economic development series including; World Development Indicators; Millennium Development Indicators; the Doing Business database; Education Statistics; Gender Statistics and other series. Locate series via the World Bank data catalogue.

EUI members also have access to these related data resources:

  • Global Financial Data (GFD Corp./Finaeon) providing long-range financial data series on stocks, bonds, bills and other instruments, covering approximately 200 countries from the early modern period to present.
  • Datastream (Refinitiv) global financial and macroeconomic platform covering equities, stock market indices, currencies, company fundamentals, fixed income securities and key economic indicators for 175 countries and 60 markets
  • S&P Global Market Intelligence (Standard & Poor's) banking and financial database, covering public and private banks worldwide
  • Amadeus (Bureau van Dijk / Moody's Analytics) database of comparable financial and business information on Europe's largest 550,000 public and private companies by total assets. 43 countries are covered.


Time period
  • International Debt Statistics coverage: 1970–2020  
  • Scheduled debt service payments on existing commitments are provided to 2024.


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How to access data

IDS is accessed via the World Bank Data portal.

The World Bank has issued this caveat: "The economic aggregates presented in the tables are prepared for the convenience of users. Although debt indicators can give useful information about developments in debt-servicing capacity, conclusions drawn from them will not be valid unless accompanied by careful economic evaluation. The macroeconomic information provided is from standard sources, but many of them are subject to considerable margins of error, and the usual care must be taken in interpreting the indicators. This is particularly true for the most recent year or two, when figures are preliminary and subject to revision."


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