Which Economy Attracts the Most Foreign Investments?

Foreign Direct Investments (As % of GDP) (%), 2019 or latest
Economy | December 31, 2020
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Based on a comparison of 169 countries in 2019, Cayman Islands ranked the highest in foreign direct investments as a share of GDP with 3.04% followed by Cyprus and Guyana. On the other end of the scale was Liechtenstein with -12.7%, Luxembourg with -0.161% and Ireland with -0.120%.

Average foreign direct investments as a share of GDP reached 0.018% in 2019 in the World according to the National Statistical Office. This is 33.9 % less than in the previous year and -189 % less than 10 years ago.

Historically, average foreign direct investments as a share of GDP reached an all time high of 0.054% in 2007 and an all time low of 0.003% in 1976. The average annual growth amounted to 2.06 % since 1970.

Data for more countries are available at Foreign Direct Investments (As % of GDP) indicator page.

Foreign Direct Investments (As % of GDP) Unit 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Cambodia % 0.136% 0.111% 0.101% 0.124% 0.126%
Cayman Islands % ... ... ... ... ... ... 15.4% 10.9% 17.0% 0.547% 0.700% ...
Congo % 0.105% 0.162% 0.358% 0.005% 0.394%
Cyprus % 1.09% 2.23% 1.46% 0.406% 0.808%
Estonia % 0.043% 0.067% -0.031% 0.038% 0.064%
Guyana % 0.048% 0.058% 0.032% 0.036% 0.069%
Hong Kong % 0.279% 0.446% 0.585% 0.415% 0.368%
Hungary % -0.026% 0.093% -0.042% 0.542% -0.085%
Macao % 0.074% 0.044% 0.011% 0.041% 0.012%
Maldives % 0.110% 0.090% 0.073% 0.104% 0.096%
Malta % 0.048% 0.013% 0.328% 0.269% 0.303%
Mongolia % 0.164% 0.028% 0.008% -0.372% 0.131%
Mozambique % 0.395% 0.282% 0.243% 0.262% 0.175%
Seychelles % 0.043% 0.081% 0.077% 0.029% 0.082%
Singapore % 0.209% 0.218% 0.227% 0.222% 0.286%