Country Overshoot Days

A country’s overshoot day is the date on which Earth Overshoot Day would fall if all of humanity consumed like the people in this country.

Let’s take Switzerland, for example, using the latest data available (for 2014):

• The Ecological Footprint in Switzerland is 4.85 gha per person
• Global biocapacity is 1.71 gha per person.

Therefore, it would take (4.85/ 1.68) = 2.9 Earths if everyone lived like the Swiss, OR

we can determine Switzerland’s overshoot day as 365 * (1.68/ 4.85) = 126th day in the year. The 126th day is the 7th of May, the Swiss overshoot day (in 2014).

Countries’ overshoot dates are calculated with Global Footprint Network’s National Footprint Accounts, which are updated annually. You can download a free package containing the latest results of the National Footprint Accounts 2018 Edition in an excel workbook at https://www.footprintnetwork.org/licenses/public-data-package-free-2018/. This 2018 edition features national data from 2014, the latest year available from the United Nations. You can also view results at data.footprintnetwork.org.

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Below is a list of country overshoot days:

Country Overshoot Day
Qatar 9-Feb
Luxembourg 19-Feb
United Arab Emirates 4-Mar
Mongolia 6-Mar
Bahrain 12-Mar
United States of America 15-Mar
Canada 18-Mar
Kuwait 22-Mar
Denmark 28-Mar
Estonia 30-Mar
Australia 31-Mar
Bermuda 1-Apr
Belgium 2-Apr
Trinidad and Tobago 2-Apr
Sweden 4-Apr
Aruba 6-Apr
Oman 8-Apr
Finland 11-Apr
Norway 12-Apr
Saudi Arabia 13-Apr
Cook Islands 14-Apr
Netherlands 14-Apr
Austria 15-Apr
Singapore 15-Apr
Kiribati 16-Apr
Korea,Republic of 16-Apr
Kazakhstan 16-Apr
Lithuania 16-Apr
Micronesia 18-Apr
Latvia 20-Apr
Czech Republic 20-Apr
Russia 21-Apr
Turkmenistan 21-Apr
Brunei Darussalam 21-Apr
Cayman Islands 23-Apr
Réunion 23-Apr
Belize 29-Apr
Germany 2-May
France 5-May
Malta 6-May
Switzerland 7-May
Bahamas 8-May
United Kingdom 8-May
Japan 10-May
Ireland 11-May
Belarus 11-May
Israel 12-May
Slovenia 12-May
Bhutan 13-May
Montserrat 13-May
Martinique 18-May
Poland 19-May
Malaysia 19-May
Libya 22-May
Greece 23-May
Italy 24-May
Slovakia 27-May
Antigua and Barbuda 27-May
Guadeloupe 29-May
French Polynesia 30-May
Chile 2-Jun
Fiji 7-Jun
Spain 11-Jun
Vanuatu 11-Jun
China 15-Jun
Argentina 16-Jun
Portugal 16-Jun
Paraguay 17-Jun
Suriname 18-Jun
Croatia 19-Jun
Hungary 20-Jun
Barbados 22-Jun
Mauritius 25-Jun
Montenegro 29-Jun
South Africa 29-Jun
Iran 30-Jun
Lebanon 3-Jul
Cyprus 4-Jul
Tonga 5-Jul
Bosnia and Herzegovina 6-Jul
Venezuela 7-Jul
Turkey 11-Jul
Bulgaria 13-Jul
Grenada 17-Jul
Macedonia TFYR 19-Jul
Brazil 19-Jul
Bolivia 19-Jul
Equatorial Guinea 23-Jul
Uruguay 25-Jul
Ukraine 27-Jul
Djibouti 29-Jul
Serbia 30-Jul
Korea, Democratic People's Republic of 2-Aug
Guyana 2-Aug
Romania 8-Aug
Gabon 15-Aug
French Guiana 25-Aug
Mexico 29-Aug
Botswana 31-Aug
Dominica 31-Aug
Costa Rica 2-Sep
Thailand 4-Sep
Algeria 8-Sep
Swaziland 14-Sep
Samoa 15-Sep
Panama 22-Sep
Mauritania 24-Sep
Peru 25-Sep
Tunisia 10-Oct
Uzbekistan 10-Oct
Azerbaijan 10-Oct
Albania 14-Oct
Jordan 15-Oct
Namibia 22-Oct
Iraq 25-Oct
Saint Lucia 27-Oct
Ecuador 28-Oct
Armenia 1-Nov
El Salvador 4-Nov
Egypt 6-Nov
Ghana 10-Nov
Moldova 15-Nov
Colombia 17-Nov
Cuba 19-Nov
Georgia 20-Nov
Papua New Guinea 29-Nov
Guatemala 30-Nov
Sao Tome and Principe 10-Dec
Laos 11-Dec
Jamaica 13-Dec
Niger 16-Dec
Kyrgyzstan 17-Dec
Morocco 17-Dec
Viet Nam 21-Dec