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Which Country Attracts the Most Foreign Investments?

Foreign Direct Investments (USD) (USD bil), 2014 or latest
Economy | February 22, 2018
Excel Sheet

Based on a comparison of 173 countries in 2014, China ranked the highest in foreign direct investments with USD 289 bil followed by USA and Hong Kong. On the other end of the scale was Belgium with USD -20.1 bil, Sweden with USD -2.53 bil and Yemen with USD -0.738 bil.

Total foreign direct investments reached USD 1,561 bil in 2014 in the World according to the National Statistical Office. This is 12.5 % less than in the previous year and 54.1 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total foreign direct investments reached an all time high of USD 2,434 bil in 2007 and an all time low of USD 10.2 bil in 1970. The average annual growth amounted to 12.1 % since 1970.

The top ranked country, China, accounted for 18.5 % of foreign direct investments in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 34.4 % share while the ten largest countries some 63.1 % in 2014.

Data for more countries are available at Foreign Direct Investments (USD) indicator page.