As bad as our looming debt gets each day, even each second, there is worse cases. If you measure external debt on a per capita basis each of our citizens owe $42,000. This is a lot of money for each person to be obligated for, keeping in mind about half of our creditors are foreigners.
Most of the countries of the world do not have such a heavy obligation for their citizens. However, some have a more per capita obligation.
The British owe $150,000. each. The Irish owe $448,000 each. They get the honors or should I say dishonor. By contrast, the Chinese owe $271. each, by the latest figures I could find.