Which Country Attracts the Most Foreign Investments?

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

Foreign Direct Investments (USD) Unit 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Australia USD bil 45.2 28.7 35.2 63.8 54.5
Brazil USD bil 50.7 31.5 53.3 71.5 76.1
Canada USD bil 62.2 23.8 28.6 40.1 39.3
China USD bil 187 167 273 332 296
Hong Kong USD bil ... ... ... ... 67.0 54.3 82.7 96.1 74.9
India USD bil 43.4 35.6 27.4 36.5 24.0
Indonesia USD bil 9.32 4.88 15.3 20.6 21.2
Ireland USD bil 23.3 53.9 37.8 23.7 41.0
Mexico USD bil 28.7 18.0 25.9 23.6 18.1
Netherlands USD bil 11.3 34.3 -7.67 21.5 4.74
Russia USD bil 74.8 36.6 43.2 55.1 50.6
Singapore USD bil 12.2 23.8 55.1 50.4 61.2
Spain USD bil 77.9 19.4 45.4 34.1 33.2
USA USD bil 333 154 259 257 218
United Kingdom USD bil 262 4.06 61.3 36.2 66.8