Where can I find a list of European/World countries by government workers per capita or as a percentage of total workforce? I can't seem to find it on Eurostat. It would be interesting to see the effects of this policy and find a correlation between count of government workers and how "rich" the country is.

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Here is a pretty good chart showing the breakdown by OECD country showing data from 1995 and 2005:

Public Employees by Country

That can be compared with the GDP rankings of each of these countries found here to get a pretty good picture of the relationship (if any) that you are looking for.

  • Thank You! It is surprise for me that there is less government workers in Greece and in Poland than in USA Commented Dec 31, 2012 at 18:11
  • @JurisMalinens The first (serious) effort to find out the exact number of government workers in Greece started in July 2010 and a year later a number of 768009 was announced (out of ~11mil). The number seems small, but it was about a million (or more) before the debt crisis, it was drastically reduced when several obsolete or near obsolete gov. agencies were closed down and I'm not 100% certain if the current number includes seasonal part time workers or not (their number may be significant, tourism is our main industry).
    – yannis
    Commented Jan 10, 2013 at 4:00

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