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A look at how European economies compare

Monday - 6/11/2012, 12:24pm  ET

Spain has become the fourth country in the 17-member eurozone _ after Greece, Ireland and Portugal _ to seek foreign aid to cope with the impact of the continent's financial crisis. Here's a look at how economies and public finances compare across the euro currency bloc.
Government debt, percent of GDP (as of start 2012) Budget deficit/surplus, percent of GDP (as of start 2012) Unemployment, percent (March 2012) Economic recession Credit Rating (Moody's)
Greece 165.3 -9.1 21.9 Yes C
Ireland 108.2 -13.1 14.4 Yes Ba1
Portugal 107.8 -4.2 15.1 Yes Ba3
Cyprus 71.6 -6.3 10.0 Yes Ba1
Spain 68.5 -8.5 24.1 Yes A3
Italy 120.1 -3.9 10.1 Yes A3
Belgium 98 -3.7 7.3 No Aa3
France 85.8 -5.2 10.1 No Aaa
Austria 72.2 -2.6 4.0 No Aaa
Germany 81.2 -1 5.5 No Aaa
Estonia 6 1 10.8 No A1
Malta 72 -2.7 11.0 No A3
Slovenia 47.6 -6.4 8.6 No A2
Slovakia 43.3 -4.8 13.9 No A2
Netherlands 65.2 -4.7 5.0 Yes Aaa
Finland 48.6 -0.5 7.6 No Aaa
Luxembourg 18.2 -0.6 5.2 No Aaa
Source: Eurostat, Moody's Investors Service.