Euro area government debt rose to 88.2% of GDP in first three months of 2012

At the end of the first quarter of 2012, the government debt to GDP ratio in the euro area stood at 88.2%, compared with 87.3% at the end of the fourth quarter of 2011. Eurostat said that in the EU the ratio increased from 82.5% to 83.4%. Compared with the first quarter of 2011, the government debt to GDP ratio rose in both the euro area (from 86.2%) and the EU (from 80.4%).

At the end of the first quarter of 2012, securities other than shares accounted for 78.3% of euro area and 79.3% of EU general government debt. Loan

s made up 17.8% of euro area and 15.6% of EU government debt. Currency and deposits represented 2.8% of euro area and 3.8% of EU27 government debt.

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