The following numbers are from the CIA factbook
They refer to public and private debt owed to nonresidents repayable in internationally accepted currencies, goods, or services. These figures are calculated on an exchange rate basis, i.e., not in purchasing power parity (PPP) terms.
Overall external debt in % of GDP/Public debts
Germany 190%/ 83%
Italy 151%/ 120%
France 263%/ 82%
USA 100%/ 65%
United Kingdom 453%/ 72%
switzerland 290%/ 40%
What the hell is the meaning of these numbers? The percentage of public debts can be higher thant the percentage over overall external debt, because the public debt can be internatl!