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15 countries that have highest household debt

November 19, 2013 10:04 IST

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There are some countries that are struggling to manage the rapid increase in household debt, mainly due to loose lending practices by banks.

Let's take a look at 15 economies that have highest household debt in the world.

Source: The Economist

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Ireland

Debt as percent of GDP: 106 per cent in Q1 2013

Percentage-point change: 22 per cent, from Q2 2006 to Q1 2013

Overall rank in household debt: 1

Ireland, which was hit badly by the 2008 global economic crisis, has the highest household debt in the world.

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United Kingdom

Debt as percent of GDP: 93 per cent in Q1 2013

Percentage-point change: 1 per cent, from Q2 2006 to Q1 2013

Overall rank in household debt: 2

United Kingdom, one of the biggest financial centres in the world, has the second-highest household debt in the world.

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Canada

Debt as percent of GDP: 92 per cent in Q1 2013

Percentage-point change: 22 per cent, from Q2 2006 to Q1 2013

Overall rank in household debt: 3

Canada, which is seeing a minerals boom, reported a 22 per cent rise in household debt.

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South Korea

Debt as percent of GDP: 86 per cent in Q1 2013

Percentage-point change: 15 per cent, from Q2 2006 to Q1 2013

Overall rank in household debt: 4

South Korea, one of the most advanced countries in the world, has household debt that's 86 per cent of GDP.

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Malaysia

Debt as percent of GDP: 81 per cent in Q1 2013

Percentage-point change: 20 per cent, from Q2 2006 to Q1 2013

Overall rank in household debt: 5

Malaysia, one of the fastest growing economies in the region, saw its household debt increase 20 per cent.

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United States

Debt as percent of GDP: 78 per cent in Q1 2013

Percentage-point change: Minus 13 per cent, from Q2 2006 to Q1 2013

Overall rank in household debt: 6

United States, the biggest economy in the world, has one of the highest household debts in the globe.

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Thailand

Debt as percent of GDP: 68 per cent in Q1 2013

Percentage-point change: 21 per cent, from Q2 2006 to Q1 2013

Overall rank in household debt: 7

Thailand, one of the fastest growing economies in the region, saw its debt increase by 21 per cent.

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Japan

Debt as percent of GDP: 66 per cent in Q1 2013

Percentage-point change: Minus 2 per cent, from Q2 2006 to Q1 2013

Overall rank in household debt: 8

Japan, one of the biggest economies in the world, has debt that's 66 per cent of its GDP.

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Singapore

Debt as percent of GDP: 61 per cent in Q1 2013

Percentage-point change: 19 per cent, from Q2 2006 to Q1 2013

Overall rank in household debt: 9

Singapore, one of the biggest financial centres in the world, saw debt increase by 19 per cent.

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Hong Kong

Debt as percent of GDP: 61 per cent in Q1 2013

Percentage-point change: 8 per cent, from Q2 2006 to Q1 2013

Overall rank in household debt: 10

Hong Kong, one of the biggest financial centres in the world, saw debt increase by 8 per cent.

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Germany

Debt as percent of GDP: 58 per cent in Q1 2013

Percentage-point change: Minus 12 per cent, from Q2 2006 to Q1 2013

Overall rank in household debt: 11

Germany, the economic powerhouse of Europe, has household debt that's 58 per cent of GDP.

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China

Debt as percent of GDP: 32 per cent in Q1 2013

Percentage-point change: 21 per cent, from Q2 2006 to Q1 2013

Overall rank in household debt: 12

China, the fastest growing economy in the world, has debt that's 32 per cent of GDP.

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Indonesia

Debt as percent of GDP: 17 per cent in Q1 2013

Percentage-point change: 6 per cent, from Q2 2006 to Q1 2013

Overall rank in household debt: 13

Indonesia, one of the fastest growing economies in the region, has household debt that's 17 per cent of GDP.

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Mexico

Debt as percent of GDP: 14 per cent in Q1 2013

Percentage-point change: 3 per cent, from Q2 2006 to Q1 2013

Overall rank in household debt: 14

Mexico, one of the fastest growing economies in the region, has household debt that's 14 per cent of GDP.

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India

Debt as percent of GDP: 10 per cent in Q1 2013

Percentage-point change: Minus 2 per cent, from Q2 2006 to Q1 2013

Overall rank in household debt: 15

India, one of the fastest growing economies in the world, has household debt that's 10 per cent of GDP.

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