Investment ratio

  • 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%).


FPB, SV, IWEPS, BISA: Regional economic outlook 
Instituut voor de Nationale Rekeningen: Regional accounts 


Gross domestic product (GDP): the market value of the final goods and services sold in a country or region over a given year.  
Total investment ratio: the share of total investment in gross domestic product (GDP). 

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16 December 2020

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July 2021

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