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A debt limit is a legislative mechanism restricting the total amount that a country can borrow or how much debt it can be permitted to take on. Usually this is measured as percentage of GDP. A handful of countries have debt limitation laws in place. Among the more famous cases is the United States debt ceiling but there are several other countries that have debt limits.[1][2]

Poland is the only nation with a constitutional limit on public debt, set at 60% of GDP. By law, a budget cannot pass with a breach in place.[3]


  1. ^ "Debt Limit". United States Department of the Treasury. Retrieved 2019-06-24.
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