Investment ratio

  • Flemish investment ratio picks up to 26.3% in 2021

    The Flemish total investment ratio for 2021 is estimated at 26.3%. This means that the investments in the Flemish Region accounted for just over a quarter of the gross domestic product (GDP). That is the highest value since 2010 and a clear pickup after the slump in 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis.

    A breakdown between private and public investment makes it clear that the majority of the investments comes from the private sector. This is 23.7% of the GDP in 2021. For the public sector this is 2.6%. Although smaller in size, public investment, unlike private investment, did not decline in 2020.

  • Flemish Region investment ratio among highest in the EU

    The total investment ratio is very similar in the Flemish Region and the Walloon Region (26.3% and 25.0% in 2021). The ratio is lower in the Brussels-Capital Region (19.8%). The Flemish investment ratio is amongst the highest in the EU27. Only Ireland, Hungary and Estonia have a higher ratio in 2021. At 24.2%, Belgium is above the EU27 average of 21.9%. The investment ratio is lowest in Greece (12.4%).


FPB, Statistics Flanders, IWEPS, BISA: Regional economic outlook 
Institute of National Accounts: Regional accounts

European Commission: Ameco


Gross domestic product (GDP)the monetary value of the final goods and services produced in a given country or region over one year’s time.
Total investment ratio: the share of total investment in gross domestic product (GDP). 

Publication date

12 October 2021

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August 2022

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