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08/04/2011

In 2008 gross expenditure on social protection in EU 27 accounted for 26.4 % of GDP

Statistics in focus -Population and social conditions -  Issue number 17/2011

This "Statistics in Focus" describes and analyses the expenditure and the receipts of Social Protection in different European countries. In 2008, social protection expenditure accounted for 26.4% of GDP in EU 27. This average masks high disparities between countries. Expenditure on old-age and survivors' benefits account for a large part of social benefits in most countries. Different countries have markedly different systems for financing social protection. 

author(s): European Commission/Eurostat - A. Puglia
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