Spain’s Fiscal Pressure Seven P.P. Below Eurozone Average


According to Eurostat data, Spain’s tax burden in 2014 was lower than in other big European economies like Germany, Italy, France or the United Kingdom, and 6 percentage points below the European average.

In 2014, Spain’s fiscal pressure was equivalent to 34.4% of GDP, nearly 6 percentage points below the European Union (40%) and seven points below the Eurozone average (41.5%).

France had one of the higher fiscal burdens in the EU (47,9%), above both Italy (43,7%) and Germany (39,5%).

Denmark was the European country which raised the most in taxes (50.8%), followed by Belgium and France (both with 47.9%), Finland (44%), Austria (43,8%) and Italy and Sweden (43,7% each). At the other end of the spectrum, the tax burden in countries like Poland (33%), Estonia (32,5%), Slovakia (31,2%), Ireland (30,5%), Latvia (29,2%), Lithuania (28%), Bulgaria (27,8%) and Romania (27,7%) were well below both the European and Eurozone average in 2014.



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