Top 6 Most Indebted Countries (And Why)
Portugal - Debt/GDP: 228%
With last year's deficit coming in at 9.4% of GDP, the Portuguese government has instituted a growth and austerity program with the objective of reducing that number to 2.8% by 2013. These measures have sparked strikes in the public sector including postal and transportation services. Those events have been further propelled by unemployment above 10%, the worst in 40 years.
The root problem has been low productivity and virtually no economic growth in the past few years. Portugal ranks last in GDP growth among countries that adopted the euro as a common currency. Demand for goods and services has stalled, along with innovation and business momentum. In addition, Portugal's exports have been undercut by cheap labor in countries such as China. (For related reading, see The Economics Of Labor Mobility.)
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Portugal está no 'top 20' dos países mais endividados do mundo
Portugal surge na 19ª posição, sendo que o Governo estima que o país devia em 2008 o equivalente a 65,9% da riqueza total produzida durante um ano, embora a Organização para a Cooperação e Desenvolvimento Económico (OCDE) aponte para um valor superior, de 70,2%.
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