When a nation’s Ecological Footprint exceeds its biocapacity, the nation is running an “ecological deficit.”

A nation’s “ecological deficit day” marks the date when the nation’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what the nation’s ecosystems can regenerate in that year. A national deficit day is the equivalent of Earth Overshoot Day at the national level.

A nation maintains an ecological deficit by liquidating stocks of ecological resource, such as by overfishing and overharvesting forests; importing more goods than it exports; and accumulating more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere than the nation’s own ecosystems can absorb.

The dates of national deficit days are calculated with Global Footprint Network’s National Footprint Accounts, which are updated annually. The National Footprint Accounts 2017 Edition features national data from 2013, the latest year available from the United Nations.

Following are national ecological deficit days for many countries, based on the National Footprint Accounts 2017 (2013 data year).

  • Singapore January 3
  • Bermuda January 9
  • Réunion January 16
  • Barbados January 18
  • Israel January 20
  • Cayman Islands January 21
  • Kuwait January 24
  • Saudi Arabia January 30
  • Lebanon January 31
  • Martinique February 1
  • Bahrain February 2
  • Jordan February 3
  • Cyprus February 4
  • Qatar February 5
  • South Korea February 11
  • Guadeloupe February 13
  • Luxembourg February 14
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis February 21
  • Japan February 21
  • Saint Lucia February 22
  • Libyan Arab Jamahiriya February 25
  • Belgium March 1
  • Iraq March 2
  • Trinidad and Tobago March 6
  • Netherlands March 12
  • Mauritius March 17
  • Jamaica March 19
  • Italy March 27
  • North Korea March 27
  • Switzerland March 27
  • Algeria April 1
  • United Kingdom April 2
  • Egypt April 3
  • China April 5
  • Iran April 6
  • Cabo Verde April 11
  • Djibouti April 11
  • Oman April 18
  • Comoros April 19
  • El Salvador April 25
  • South Africa May 1
  • Sri Lanka May 2
  • French Polynesia May 3
  • Greece May 11
  • Azerbaijan May 11
  • Tunisia May 12
  • Dominican Republic May 14
  • Syrian Arab Republic May 22
  • Spain May 24
  • Portugal May 24
  • Cuba May 30
  • India May 30
  • Germany May 31
  • Uzbekistan June 1
  • Togo June 6
  • Armenia June 7
  • Swaziland June 7
  • United States of America June 10
  • Dominica June 16
  • Haiti June 17
  • Turkey June 18
  • Czech Republic June 19
  • Poland June 19
  • Uganda June 20
  • Morocco June 22
  • Mexico June 23
  • Yemen June 23
  • Thailand June 23
  • Pakistan June 24
  • Slovenia June 25
  • Zimbabwe June 26
  • Austria June 29
  • Bangladesh July 1
  • Turkmenistan July 2
  • Kenya July 4
  • Macedonia TFYR July 5
  • Tonga July 5
  • Serbia July 6
  • Burundi July 11
  • Philippines July 11
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina July 12
  • Albania July 15
  • Afghanistan July 16
  • Kazakhstan July 20
  • Brunei Darussalam July 22
  • Guatemala July 23
  • Moldova July 23
  • Lesotho July 24
  • Malaysia July 25
  • Ethiopia July 26
  • France July 29
  • Nepal July 30
  • Tajikistan July 31
  • Sao Tome and Principe August 3
  • Vietnam August 4
  • Nigeria August 7
  • Costa Rica August 14
  • Slovakia August 16
  • Wallis and Futuna Islands August 22
  • Rwanda August 22
  • Grenada August 23
  • Benin September 2
  • Ghana September 2
  • Kyrgyzstan September 7
  • British Virgin Islands September 10
  • Vanuatu September 11
  • Belarus September 16
  • Fiji September 17
  • Hungary September 22
  • Georgia September 26
  • Croatia September 28
  • Denmark October 1
  • Ireland October 8
  • Ukraine October 11
  • Samoa October 12
  • Niger October 15
  • Malawi October 17
  • Tanzania October 23
  • Burkina Faso October 25
  • Gambia October 25
  • Venezuela October 31
  • Chile November 4
  • Indonesia November 5
  • Montenegro November 11
  • Senegal November 18
  • Cambodia November 21
  • Lithuania December 20
  • Sudan December 22
  • Bulgaria December 30