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.

To calculate a country’s Overshoot Day, we use the National Footprint and Biocapacity Accounts’ previous year’s edition. The 2019 edition features data from 2016, as data is reported to the United Nations with some time delay.

Let’s take Switzerland, for example, using the 2019 edition (with data for 2016):

  • The Ecological Footprint for Switzerland is 4.64 gha per person (in 2016)
  • Global biocapacity is 1.63 gha per person (in 2016)

Therefore, it would take (4.64/ 1.63) = 2.8 Earths if everyone lived like the Swiss,
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we can determine Switzerland’s overshoot day as 366 * (1.63/ 4.64) = 129th day in the year. The 129th day of 2020 is the 8th of May, Switzerland’s Overshoot Day.

Not all countries will have an overshoot day. By way of the country overshoot equation above, a country will only have an overshoot day if their Ecological Footprint per person is greater than global biocapacity per person (1.63 gha). Countries whose Ecological Footprint per person are less than global biocapacity per person (1.63 gha) do not have an overshoot day and are therefore not included in our list below. In leap years, we compare the date against 366 days of the year.

COMING SOON: NEW 2020 FIGURE AND LIST OF DATES 

All countries are not represented in the infographic. The table below provides a more complete list of country overshoot days:

Dive into your country’s Ecological Footprint and biocapacity data at data.footprintnetwork.org.

Country Overshoot Day
Qatar February 11, 2020
Luxembourg February 16, 2020
United Arab Emirates March 7, 2020
Bahrain March 10, 2020
Kuwait March 10, 2020
Trinidad and Tobago March 12, 2020
United States of America March 14, 2020
Canada March 18, 2020
Mongolia March 18, 2020
Bermuda March 20, 2020
Estonia March 25, 2020
Denmark March 28, 2020
Oman March 29, 2020
Australia March 30, 2020
Aruba April 1, 2020
Sweden April 2, 2020
Latvia April 3, 2020
Finland April 5, 2020
Belgium April 5, 2020
Saudi Arabia April 5, 2020
Austria April 8, 2020
Korea, Republic of April 9, 2020
Singapore April 11, 2020
Cayman Islands April 12, 2020
Malta April 12, 2020
Czech Republic April 16, 2020
Lithuania April 17, 2020
Kazakhstan April 17, 2020
Norway April 18, 2020
Belize April 21, 2020
Turkmenistan April 22, 2020
Russian Federation April 25, 2020
Slovenia April 26, 2020
Ireland April 26, 2020
Cook Islands April 27, 2020
Israel May 2, 2020
Germany May 3, 2020
Netherlands May 3, 2020
New Zealand May 5, 2020
Réunion May 8, 2020
Switzerland May 8, 2020
Montserrat May 12, 2020
Japan May 12, 2020
Bhutan May 12, 2020
France May 14, 2020
Italy May 14, 2020
Poland May 14, 2020
Martinique May 14, 2020
United Kingdom May 16, 2020
Antigua and Barbuda May 17, 2020
Chile May 18, 2020
Greece May 19, 2020
Brunei Darussalam May 21, 2020
Slovakia May 21, 2020
Guadeloupe May 24, 2020
Portugal May 25, 2020
French Polynesia May 27, 2020
Spain May 27, 2020
Belarus May 29, 2020
Croatia May 31, 2020
Malaysia June 1, 2020
Barbados June 5, 2020
Cyprus June 8, 2020
Bahamas June 8, 2020
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya June 8, 2020
Bosnia and Herzegovina June 10, 2020
Montenegro June 12, 2020
China June 13, 2020
Hungary June 14, 2020
Mauritius June 18, 2020
Bulgaria June 22, 2020
Tonga June 24, 2020
Guyana June 25, 2020
Argentina June 26, 2020
Turkey June 26, 2020
Lebanon June 30, 2020
Iran, Islamic Republic of July 5, 2020
Bolivia July 6, 2020
South Africa July 8, 2020
Fiji July 8, 2020
Romania July 11, 2020
Serbia July 18, 2020
Suriname July 20, 2020
Samoa July 20, 2020
Grenada July 22, 2020
Macedonia TFYR July 22, 2020
Ukraine July 24, 2020
Paraguay July 24, 2020
Brazil July 31, 2020
Botswana August 7, 2020
Costa Rica August 10, 2020
Namibia August 12, 2020
Mexico August 17, 2020
Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of August 22, 2020
Thailand August 27, 2020
Solomon Islands September 2, 2020
Algeria September 4, 2020
Djibouti September 5, 2020
French Guiana September 7, 2020
Dominica September 9, 2020
Saint Lucia September 12, 2020
Mauritania September 14, 2020
Gabon September 17, 2020
Panama September 21, 2020
Peru September 23, 2020
Tunisia September 28, 2020
Viet Nam October 8, 2020
Georgia October 8, 2020
Azerbaijan October 13, 2020
Jordan October 13, 2020
El Salvador October 17, 2020
Colombia October 17, 2020
Albania October 24, 2020
Ghana October 29, 2020
Armenia November 4, 2020
Uzbekistan November 6, 2020
Uruguay November 6, 2020
Lao People's Democratic Republic November 8, 2020
Guatemala November 13, 2020
Equatorial Guinea November 13, 2020
Eswatini November 16, 2020
Egypt November 25, 2020
Cuba December 1, 2020
Nicaragua December 5, 2020
Papua New Guinea December 7, 2020
Iraq December 7, 2020
Moldova December 8, 2020
Sao Tome and Principe December 12, 2020
Dominican Republic December 12, 2020
Ecuador December 14, 2020
Morocco December 16, 2020
Indonesia December 18, 2020
Niger December 25, 2020
Myanmar December 25, 2020
Kyrgyzstan December 26, 2020