Flemish investment ratio decreases in 2020
The Flemish total investment ratio for 2020 is estimated at 23.0%. This means that investments in the Flemish Region accounted for just under a quarter of the gross domestic product (GDP). This is a remarkable decrease compared to the previous years. The decline in economic activity during the Covid-19 crisis and the uncertainty about further developments temper the willingness to invest.
A breakdown into private and public investments is only possible up to and including 2017. In that year, the lion’s share of investment came from the private sector (22.6% of GDP). The public sector accounted for 2.0% of GDP.
Flemish Region investment ratio among highest in the EU
The total investment ratio is very similar in Flanders and Wallonia (23.0% and 22.3%). The ratio is lower in the Brussels-Capital Region (17.5%). The Flemish investment ratio is amongst the highest in the EU27. Only Ireland, Estonia, Hungary and Austria have a higher ratio. Belgium also performs relatively well with 21.7%, which is above the EU27 average of 20.5%. The investment ratio is noticeably low in Greece (8.8%).