University of Sheffield postgrad Ben Henning took a look at the real dimension of the world’s external debt. The map reflects the ratio of debt to GDP, based on 2010 estimates by the World Bank and CIA.
The Little Data Book On External Debt 2012 (World Bank Publications) PDF
Global Finance Magazine - Countries With The Most External Debt in 2017
In the Western powers granted Germany relief on its external debts with very few conditions attached, and now Greece is struggling to get that same amount with absolutely impossible conditions attached
BNP Paribas says Russia no longer has enough reserves to cover external debt and enters this crisis 'twice as levered' as it was before the Lehman crash
A developing world of debt
Years after debt campaigners succeeded in persuading the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank and to abolish debts worth billions of dollars owed by developing countries, figures show total external debts are once again on the increase.
China total debt (govt.+corp.+HH) is up by 58% since Jan-09 to 200% GDP but is still mostly domestic i.e. loans by state-owned banks to state-owned cos, with little risk of calling bad loan. external debt is $1tn