Most of the government expenditure for social protection (16.7% of GDP) and for health (6.7% of GDP)
In Slovenia, 16.7% of GDP was spent for social protection in 2016. Of total government expenditure for social protection, over half was spent for old age (mainly expenditure for old age pensions). Compared to the previous year, expenditure for social protection went slightly up (from EUR 6,710 million to EUR 6,740 million). In the same comparison expenditure trends within the field were different: expenditure for old age increased by 0.3% and for sickness and disability by 6.5% (from EUR 868 million to EUR 925 million, mainly due to sick leave). Expenditure for unemployment decreased by 6.4% (from EUR 234 million to EUR 219 million) and for social exclusion n.e.c. by 2.9% (from EUR 350 million to EUR 340 million).
For health 6.7% of GDP was spent in Slovenia or EUR 2.710 million. Compared to the previous year expenditure increased in nominal terms by EUR 119 million, half of which was for compensation of employees.
21.7% of GDP spent for other functions
6.6% of GDP was spent for general public services. The main category of general public services refers to public debt transaction (interest payment); in 2016 expenditure for interest decreased over 2015 by 3.1% (from EUR 1,300 million to EUR 1,259 million). General public services include expenditure for basic research, for which 0.5% of GDP was spent in 2016.
For education 5.6% of GDP was spent in Slovenia in 2016. Compared to 2015, in 2016 expenditure went up nominally by 4.5% (from EUR 2,155 million to EUR 2,253 million).
In 2016, 4.5% of GDP was spent for economic affairs (EUR 1,837 million). Expenditure for this function decreased by 20.3% compared to the previous year due to lower gross investment.
In 2016, for public order and safety 1.7% of GDP was spent (EUR 702 million), which is 16.3% more than in the previous year; the increase mainly relates to mass migration funds. For recreation, culture and religion 1.4% of GDP was spent (EUR 577 million), due to lower gross investments. For defence 0.9% of GDP or EUR 361 million was spent, which is 10.5% more than in the previous year due to contribution paid to NATO. For environmental protection 0.6% of GDP was spent and for housing and communities amenities 0.4% of GDP was spent; for both functions expenditure decreased due to lower gross investment.