Hungary spends above EU average on public order, safety

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Image by LaMography / Moni Lazar

Hungary始s central government spending on public order and safety stands at 2.1% in proportion to GDP, over the 1.8% average for the European Union as a whole, reveal data compiled by Eurostat, the EU始s statistical office.

(Photo: LaMography / Moni Lazar)

Government expenditure on public order and safety is also higher than average among several other countries in the region, the data show. In 2015, the ratio of such government expenditure in proportion to GDP was highest in Bulgaria (2.8%), Slovakia (2.4%), Romania (2.3%), Croatia and Poland (both 2.2%).

At the opposite end of the scale, Denmark and Luxembourg (both 1.0%), Ireland (1.1%), Malta and Finland (1.2%), Sweden (1.3%) and Austria (1.4%) spent less than 1.5% of their GDP on public order and safety.

In 2015, the EU 28 Member States reported over 鈧258 billion of government expenditure on public order and safety, a figure equivalent to 1.8% of the EU始s GDP, said Eurostat. By comparison, this is higher than the amount spent on other major activities such as defense (1.4%), recreation, culture and religion (1.0%), or environmental protection (0.8%).

General government expenditure on public order and safety comprises mainly expenditure on police services, fire protection services, law courts and prisons, noted the EU stats office.

Spending per inhabitant shows different picture

In terms of spending on public order and safety per inhabitant, the ranking is quite different when the amounts spent are graded according to the size of the population of each Member State.

On average in 2015, expenditure on public order and safety amounted to 鈧507 per inhabitant in the EU.

Member States that spent above 鈧500 per inhabitant included Luxembourg (鈧899), the United Kingdom (鈧792), the Netherlands (鈧724), Belgium (鈧644), Ireland (鈧598), Sweden (鈧594), Germany (鈧581), Austria (鈧545), France (鈧535) and Italy (鈧506).

At the opposite end of the scale, spending stood below 鈧250 per inhabitant in Latvia (鈧248), Poland (鈧247), Croatia (鈧231), Hungary (鈧230), Lithuania (鈧204), Romania (鈧183) and Bulgaria (鈧173).

In absolute terms, Hungarian news agency MTI notes that the country始s spending on public order and safety reached 鈧2.26 billion in 2015, accounting for 4.1% of total government expenditures.

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