Europese topper: Slovakia 2 ( )

Nederland: 20 ( )

België: 38 ( )

Aantal landen opgenomen in de ranking: 39


This indicator measures government investment, here mainly defined as investment in physical capital, as part of the total government expenditure. This is with regard to transport infrastructure, but also government buildings, hospitals, schools, social housing, etc. In addition, expenditure on research and development is also included. Once again, this relates to the government in the broad sense. Please note that the most recent figures date from 2015.


Every government has mainly short-term expenditure, with social security and civil servant wages (among others) taking the lion’s share of the bill. Nevertheless, there is a large variation in investment within the OECD, ranging from 15.2% in South Korea (1) to 3.8% in Israel (39). Although the disappointing figures for infrastructure from other indices – and the condition of, say, the Brussels’ tunnels that we see with our own eyes – call for substantial investment, we rank second-last. Only 4.4% of the government expenditure goes to investments as defined above. Note that this concerns physical capital, and that the relatively high government expenditure for education in Belgium is not included here.

OECD, “Government Investment as a Share of Total Government Expenditures, 2007, 2009, 2015 and 2016”

Year 2015
1 Korea
2 Slovakia
3 Hungary
4 Estonia
5 Latvia
6 Czech Republic
7 New Zealand
8 Poland
9 Japan
10 Slovenia
11 Norway
12 Canada
13 Australia
14 Turkey
15 Luxembourg
16 Switzerland
17 Greece
18 Sweden
19 United States
20 Netherlands
38 Belgium