Greece’s debt reached 159.1 percent of gross domestic product in the third quarter of 2011, the European Union said on Friday, approaching the EU’s full-year forecast of 162.8 percent.

The 17-nation euro area’s aggregate debt was 87.4 percent of GDP in the third quarter, according to Eurostat, the EU’s Luxembourg-based statistics office.

Portugal’s third-quarter debt was 110.1 percent and Ireland’s was 104.9 percent, Eurostat said.

[Bloomberg]