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U.S. and Switzerland main partners of EU

Staff writer ▼ | January 24, 2014
At the end of 2012, the EU27 held Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) stocks of 5 207 billion euro in the rest of the world, while stocks held by the rest of the world in the EU27 amounted to 3 947 bn, meaning that the EU27 continues to be a net investor in the rest of the world.
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EuropeAt the end of 2012, the EU27 held Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) stocks of 5 207 billion euro in the rest of the world, while stocks held by the rest of the world in the EU27 amounted to 3 947 bn, meaning that the EU27 continues to be a net investor in the rest of the world.


Both stocks held by the EU27 and those held by the rest of the world in the EU27 have risen steadily between 2009 and 2012, increasing by about 40%. It should be noted however that stocks held in the rest of the world represent about 40% of all EU27 FDI stocks, with 60% of the total held in another EU Member State.

Data on FDI stocks help to quantify the impact of globalisation and provide a measurement of longstanding economic links between countries. They measure the accumulated value of all FDI carried out in the past. These figures are published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

The United States and Switzerland are the main partners of the EU27 The main partners of the EU27 for FDI stocks held in the rest of the world at the end of 2012 were the United States (1 655 bn euro or 32% of total stocks held by the EU27 in the rest of the world), Switzerland (679 bn or 13%), Canada (258 bn or 5%), Brazil (247 bn or 5%), Russia (189 bn or 4%), Australia (142 bn or 3%), Hong Kong (133 bn or 3%), Singapore (119 bn or 2%) and China (118 bn or 2%).

The leading partners for FDI stocks held by the rest of the world in the EU27 were similar, with the main investors being the United States (1 536 bn euro or 39% of total stocks held by the rest of the world in the EU27), Switzerland (505 bn or 13%), Japan (162 bn or 4%), Canada (143 bn or 4%), Brazil (98 bn or 2%), Norway (97 bn or 2%), Russia (77 bn or 2%) and Singapore (69 bn or 2%).

The largest individual contributions to the increase between 2009 and 2012 in EU27 FDI stocks held in the rest of the world were recorded for stocks held in the United States (+450 bn euro), Switzerland (+161 bn), Brazil (+107 bn), Canada (+92 bn), Russia (+90 bn), Australia (+60 bn) and China (+54 bn).

For FDI stocks held in the EU27 by the rest of the world, the largest individual increases were observed for stocks held by the United States (+447 bn), Switzerland (+165 bn) and Japan (+35 bn).


 

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