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Chile has the great advantage in the contemporary world that some of its many, many mountains are made out of copper, and that it's arranged a sensible royalty deal with the companies that are converting these mountains into water pipes and sending them to China; this explains in part how it manages to earn so much more than it spends whilst having negligible debt; Russia has that advantage raised to a high power. Estonia and Canada are famously sensible. But I really hadn't expected Bulgaria to join them in the league of fiscal prudence; in particular, I don't quite see why it doesn't make sense for Bulgaria to borrow another ten billion dollars, build what infrastructure it lacks (of course, maybe it has all needful infrastructure already), and repay over fifteen years of the budget surplus.
I hadn't realised that Western countries tended to have public debts of a good 60% of GDP, meaning (assuming interest rates at 6%, which is precisely what beingjdc is telling us not to assume) 4% of GDP, or about 10% of government income, goes on debt service; I hadn't really realised how much less tax the US, Canada and Poland (another odd juxtaposition) took in in comparison to EU countries.