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Social Protection, Health Account for Bulk of Govt Spending

Ljubljana, 30 December (STA) - Social protection and health accounted for over a half of total government spending in 2012 despite a small drop in nominal terms, the Statistics Office said Monday.

Social spending was at 18.9% of GDP and accounted for 39.3% of total government spending despite contracting by almost 3% in nominal terms.

Health spending totalled 7% of GDP and accounted for 14.5% of overall government spending as it remained level in nominal terms over the year before.

Education spending amounted to 6.4% of GDP, and public administration, a line item that saw a 4.5% contraction in nominal terms, for 5.8% of GDP.

Economic affairs expenditure dropped by 25% in nominal terms and was equivalent to 3.9% of GDP.

General government expenditure by function, as % of total

2009 2010 2011 2012 Social protection 37.1 37.7 38.0 39.3 Health 14.5 14.0 13.8 14.5 Education 13.4 13.4 13.3 13.3 General public services 11.3 11.3 11.9 12.1 Economic affairs 9.6 9.3 10.2 8.1 Recreation, culture, religion 3.7 4.5 3.7 3.7 Public order and safety 3.8 3.9 3.7 3.7 Defence 3.1 3.1 2.3 2.2 Housing and community amenities 1.7 1.4 1.3 1.6 Environment protection 1.9 1.5 1.6 1.5

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