Greece's huge amounts of sovereign debt put the Eurozone's economy in jeopardy and had consequences for the global economy.
But, Greece isn't alone in facing a debt crisis; nations around the world are struggling to cut their deficits. In the U.S. President Barack Obama is set to propose a Monday aimed at reducing the country's tremendous total debt that now stands at 47.9 trillion when personal debt, real estate (mortgage) debt, consumer debt, credit card debt and government debt is included.
But what exactly does such a sum of money actually look like? Thanks to economic infographic site Demonocracy.info and graphic artist Oto Godfrey, it turns out that if a nation's debt was represented in one-hundred dollar bills, the stacks of cash would pile up so high they'd tower over some of the world's most iconic structures. The stacks of France's standing debt alone almost climbs higher than the Eiffel Tower, while in Italy, the nation's debt dwarfs the Coliseum.
See below how the debt in other nations stacks up or click on any of the images below to go directly to Demonocracy.info:Ten Thousand dollars:
One Million Dollars: