Are we highly taxed or not? OECD figures out

, posted: 13-Oct-2006 22:20

This table is from, but it's missing Australia for some reason.

Total tax take as a percentage of gross domestic product, according to the OECD. Includes personal and business taxes.

1. Sweden 51.1%
2. Denmark 49.7%
3. Belgium 45.4%
4. Norway 45%
5. Finland 44.5%

6. France 44.3%
7. Iceland 42.4%
8. Austria 41.9%
9. Italy 41%
10. Czech Republic 38.5%

11. Luxembourg 37.6%
12. United Kingdom 37.2%
13. Hungary 37.1%
14. New Zealand 36.6%
15. Spain 35.8%

16. Germany 34.7%
17. Canada 33.5%
18. Turkey 32.3%
19. Ireland 30.5%
20. Switzerland 30%

21. Slovakia 29.4%
22. USA 26.8%
23. South Korea 25.6%
24. Mexico 19.8% says that in 17 of the 24 countries that OECD had access to figures from for last year, tax increased. Iceland had the greatest increase of 3.7 per cent, but the US bumped up its taxes with 1.3 per cent as well.

Five countries lowered taxes, with Hungary seeing the greatest cut - one per cent.

Swedes have the dubious honour of paying the most tax, up from 50.4 per cent the year before.

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