Bulgaria Announces 14.3% GDP National Debt in 2009
The nominal amount of Bulgaria's national debt at the end of 2009 is EUR 4.8 B, announced the Ministry of Finance.
Tuesday the ministry officially published its annual review of government debt for the previous year.
The EUR 4828.5 M of debt include EUR 3289.8 M foreign debt and EUR 1538.7 M internal debt.
The total amount has decreased by a marginal EUR 13.1 М in comparison with 2008.
The share of national debt at the end of the previous year amounted to 14.3% of GDP.
The Ministry of Finance notes a “positive change” in the currency structure of Bulgaria's debt expressed in an increase of the share of debt denominated in euro which according to it minimizes currency risks.
The currency structure of the national debt end of 2009 was as follows: 54.7% in euro, 24.5% in Bulgarian leva, 18% in US dollars, with a remaining 2.8% in other currencies.
The share of debt with fixed interest rates was 75.8%.
The share of debt for which sovereign bonds have been issued is 12.7%, or EUR 612.1 M. This amount has dropped with EUR 22.2 M in comparison with 2008 due to payments on debts and changes in exchange rates over the year.
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Here's a nice graph illustrating the bigger problem of Bulgarian debt:
"an increase of the share of debt denominated in euro which according to it minimizes currency risks"
So, if the Lev is ever de-pegged from the Euro and the Lev depreciates, this Euro denominated debt will be cheaper to service? I don't think so!
Perhaps they are assuming that if the Lev is ever de-pegged, it will appreciate against the Euro. Anything is possible, I suppose :-)