Only the Danes are taxed more

Figures released on Monday by the European Bureau of Statistics Eurostat show that total fiscal receipts in Belgium rose to 45.4% of GDP in 2012. This sees Belgium jump up to second-place when it comes to the percentage of GDP that is taken by the state in various forms of taxation.

This puts Belgium in second place out of the twenty-seven counties that were then members of the EU. Only the Danes gave a higher percentage of their GDP to the state.

The percent of GDP taken by the state was up from 44.2% in 2011. The figure for Belgium is well above the Eurozone average of 40.4% and the average of 39.4% GDP for the European Union as a whole.