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.