Which Economy Attracts the Most Foreign Investments?

Foreign Direct Investments (As % of GDP) (%), 2017 or latest
Economy | December 2, 2019
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Based on a comparison of 169 countries in 2017, Cyprus ranked the highest in foreign direct investments as a share of GDP with 0.500% followed by Netherlands and Hong Kong. On the other end of the scale was Iceland with -0.287%, Hungary with -0.096% and Belgium with -0.080%.

Average foreign direct investments as a share of GDP reached 0.023% in 2017 in the World according to the National Statistical Office. This is 34.5 % less than in the previous year and -125 % less than 10 years ago.

Historically, average foreign direct investments as a share of GDP reached an all time high of 0.053% in 2007 and an all time low of 0.004% in 1976. The average annual growth amounted to 3.35 % since 1970.

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

Foreign Direct Investments (As % of GDP) Unit 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Cambodia % 0.120% 0.143% 0.136% 0.111% 0.101%
Congo % 0.021% -0.005% 0.133% 0.204% 0.500%
Cyprus % -0.435% 1.98% -0.250% -0.032% 0.412%
Georgia % 0.081% 0.060% 0.064% 0.110% 0.119%
Hong Kong % ... 0.387% 0.285% 0.279% 0.446% 0.585%
Luxembourg % ... ... ... ... ... 0.147% 2.52% 0.318% 0.344% 0.198%
Maldives % 0.153% 0.079% 0.110% 0.090% 0.073%
Malta % 0.821% 0.361% 0.050% 0.014% 0.279%
Mauritania % 0.114% 0.265% 0.197% 0.093% 0.104%
Mongolia % 0.439% 0.348% 0.164% 0.028% 0.008%
Montenegro % ... ... ... ... ... 0.123% 0.151% 0.100% 0.108% 0.173%
Mozambique % 0.279% 0.388% 0.418% 0.295% 0.261%
Netherlands % 0.367% 0.286% 0.375% 0.132% 0.236%
Sierra Leone % 0.323% 0.190% 0.087% 0.075% 0.060%
Singapore % 0.178% 0.193% 0.212% 0.223% 0.232%