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Government spending compared to GDP just over EU average

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Government expenditures in Hungary were the equivalent of 50.1% of GDP last year, just over the 48.1% European Union average, a report by Eurostat shows. 

The rate of government spending in Hungary exceeded those in the Czech Republic (42.0%), Poland (41.8%) and Slovakia (41.8%) during the period, the report shows.

The rate was the highest in Finland, at 58.7%, and the lowest in Romania, at 34.9%. In a breakdown of government expenditures by function, the report shows that general public services accounted for 20.9% of spending in Hungary.

Social protection made up one-third of government spending, and pensions accounted for half of this amount. Healthcare spending made up 10.4% of the total and education spending 9.5%. About 13.7% of spending was for economic affairs.

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