Luxembourg


Luxembourg Country Report: GDP data and GDP forecasts; economic, financial and trade information; the best banks in Luxembourg; country and population overview

DATA ON GDP AND ECONOMIC INFORMATION
Central bank Central Bank of Luxembourg
Luxembourg is part of the Eurosystem and the European Central Bank
International Reserves US$ 1.011 billion (Source: IMF; Data updated: 2012)
Gross Domestic Product - GDP US$ 55.935 billion (2011 estimate)
GDP (Purchasing Power Parity) 41.653 billion of International dollars (2011 estimate)
Real GDP growth
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2.5% 4.1% 1.5% 4.4% 5.4% 5.6% 6.5% 0.8%
2009 2010 2011 2012*
-5.3% 2.7% 1% -0.2%

*Estimate

GDP per capita - current prices US$ 106,958 (2011 estimate)
GDP per capita - PPP $79,649 International Dollars (2011 estimate)
GDP (PPP) - share of world total
1980 1990 2000 2010 2015**
0.04% 0.05% 0.06% 0.05% 0.05%

**Forecast

GDP - composition by sector
  • agriculture: 0.4% 
  • industry: 13.6% 
  • services: 86% (2007 estimate)
  • (Data released on February 2012)

Gross domestic expenditure on R&D (% of GDP) 1.63% (2010)

(Data released on March 2012)

Inflation
2009 2010 2011 2012*
0.4%(2008) 2.3% 3.4% 2.3%

*Estimate

Unemployment rate
2009 2010 2011 2012*
5.8% 6.2% 6%(2009) 6%

*Estimate

Household saving rates N/A

(Data released on December 2011)

Public debt (General government gross debt as a % of GDP)
2008 2009 2010 2011 2012*
13.7% 14.8% 19.1% 20.8% 23.8%

*Estimate

Public deficit (General government net lending/borrowing as a % of GDP)
2008 2009 2010 2011* 2012**
3% -0.9% -1.1% -0.7% -1.6%

*Estimate    **Forecast

Government bond ratings

Standard & Poor's: AAA

Moody's rating: Aaa

Moody's outlook: NEG

(Foreign Currency Government Bond Ratings; Data last updated Dec 2011 and Nov 2012)

Market value of publicly traded shares
2009 2010 2011
US$105.6 billion US$101.1 billion US$67.63 billion
Largest companies in Luxembourg RTL Group (Broadcasting & Cable), SES (Broadcasting & Cable), ArcelorMittal (Iron & Steel), Ternium (Iron & Steel), Tenaris (Oil Services & Equipment), Espirito Santo Financiall (Regional Banks), Millicom International (Telecommunications services) (2012)
DATA ON TRADE AND COMPETITIVENESS
Current account balance US$ 3.2 billion (2011 estimate)(After 2008)
Current account balance by percentage of GDP 5.7% of GDP (2011 estimate)(2009)
Exports as percent of GDP

(Exports of goods and services)

165% (2010)

(Data released on April 2012)

Shares in world total merchandising export 0.12%(2007)

(Data were released in 2012 and refer to 2011)

Shares in world total commercial services export 1.74% (2011)(2007)

(Data were released in 2012)

Total exports US$15.5 billion (2012 estimate) 
Export commodities machinery and equipment, steel products, chemicals, rubber products, glass
Total imports US$25.08 billion (2012 estimate) 
Import commodities minerals, metals, foodstuffs, quality consumer goods
Exports - major partners Germany 22.2%, France 15.6%, Belgium 13.2%, UK 7.3%, Italy 5.4%, Switzerland 4.3%, Netherlands 4.1% (2011)
Imports - major partners Belgium 30.3%, Germany 26%, France 10.8%, China 6.9%, Netherlands 5.8%, US 5.2% (2011)
FDI inflows
2009 2010 2011
US$22,408 million US$9,211 million(2009) US$17,530 million(2009)
FDI outflows
2009 2010 2011
US$7,547 million US$15,123 million US$11,741 million
Value of cross-border M&A, by country of purchaser
2008 2009 2010 2011
US$8,109 million US$3,382 million(2009) US$431 million(2009) US$-20,751 million
Cross-border M&A deals worth over $3 billion completed in 2010

(Acquiring company, Acquired company, Country of the acquired company, Value of the deal)

CVC Capital Partners Ltd, Sunrise Communications AG, Switzerland, $3.3 billion

(for a monthly update on M&A click here )

Cross-border M&A deals worth over $3 billion completed in 2011

(Acquiring company, Acquired company, Country of the acquired company, Value of the deal)

N/A(2008 estimate)

(for a monthly update on M&A click here )

Best countries for doing business

World Bank/IFC Doing Business Project

(Economies are ranked on their ease of doing business, from 1 - 185. A high ranking means the regulatory environment is more conducive to the starting and operation of a local firm.)

Overall ranking: 56 out of 185 countries(2009) (2013)

Subcategories:

Starting a business: 93 out of 185 countries(2009)

Enforcing Contracts: 1 out of 185 countries

Registering Property: 134 out of 185 countries

Getting credit: 159 out of 185 countries

Protecting investors: 128 out of 185 countries

Trading across border: 32 out of 185 countries

Paying Taxes: 14 out of 185 countries

Dealing with Construction Permits: 33 out of 185 countries

Getting Electricity: 63 out of 185 countries

Resolving Insolvency: 52 out of 185 countries

(2013)

Global competitiveness ranking
(ranking by country on a basis of 144, the first is the best)
22

(2012)

Index of Economic Freedom

WSJ and Heritage Foundation

Ranking: 13 Score: 74.5 (Mostly Free) (2009)

(100=totally free 0=totally repressed )

COUNTRY AND POPULATION OVERVIEW
Time zone UTC+1
Total area 2,586 km2 (2006)
Capital Luxembourg (2009)
Currency euros (EUR) (2009)
Government type constitutional monarchy (2009)
Languages Luxembourgish (national language), German (administrative language), French (administrative language)
Religions Roman Catholic 87%, other (includes Protestant, Jewish, and Muslim) 13% (2000)
Total population
1980 1990 2000 2012* 2017**
0.36 million 0.38 million 0.44 million 0.52 million 0.57 million

*Estimate    **Forecast

Urban population as % of total population
1960 1980 2000 2011
69.6% 80% 83.8% 85.4%
Population median age 39 years (2010)
Population growth rate 2% (2011)
Life expectancy 80 years (2010)
Adult literacy N/A
% of population living on less than $2 a day N/A
Inequality of wealth distribution (Gini index)

30.76 (2000)

(Data were released in 2011, 0=perfect equality, 100=absolute inequality)

Freedom House rating

Political Rights:1
Civil Liberties:1 (2011)

(1 represents the most free, 7 the least free)

Total telephone subscribers as % of population

202.37% (2011)

(sum of fixed telephone lines and mobile cellular subscribers)

Internet users as % of total population 90.89% (Data were released in 2012 and refer to 2011)
Cost of living - Mercer index

(ranking by city on a basis of 214; the 1st is the most expensive and the 214th is the least expensive)

Luxembourg: 72nd (2011)

CO2 emissions
(Metric tons of CO2 per capita)

20.3823 (Data were released in 2012 and refer to 2009)

GLOBAL FINANCE RANKINGS AND AWARDS

WORLD'S BEST DEVELOPED MARKET BANKS

(ranking of the 50 safest banks in the world; the first is the safest)
2012:
  • Banque et Caisse d’Epargne de l’Etat (National, 2012)
2011:
  • Banque et Caisse d'Epargne de l'Etat (Global, 2011)
2010:
  • Banque et Caisse d'Epargne de l'Etat (National, 2010)
2009:
  • Banque et Caisse d'Epargne de l'Etat (Zeti Akhtar Aziz, 2009)

WORLD'S BEST INTERNET BANKS

2012:
  • COUNTRY WINNERS / Best Corporate / Institutional Internet Banks Citi (Global, 2012)
2010:
  • COUNTRY WINNERS / Best Corporate / Institutional Internet Banks Citi (Global, 2010)
2009:
  • COUNTRY WINNERS / Best Corporate / Institutional Internet Banks Citi (National, 2009)

WORLD'S SAFEST BANKS

2013:
  • OVERALL SAFEST Banque et Caisse d’Epargne de l’Etat (Global, 2013)
  • REGIONAL WINNERS Banque et Caisse d’Épargne de l’État (Western Europe, 2013)
2012:
  • OVERALL SAFEST Banque et Caisse d’Épargne de l’État (Global, 2012)
  • REGIONAL WINNERS Banque et Caisse d’Epargne de l’Etat (Asia, 2012)
2011:
  • OVERALL SAFEST Banque et Caisse d'Epargne de l'Etat (National, 2011)
  • REGIONAL WINNERS Banque et Caisse d'Epargne de l'Etat (Global, 2011)

WORLD'S BEST SUB CUSTODIANS

2012:
  • COUNTRY WINNERS BNP Paribas (National, 2012)
2011:
  • COUNTRY WINNERS BNP Paribas (National, 2011)
2010:
  • COUNTRY WINNERS KBL European Private Bankers (National, 2010)
2009:
  • COUNTRY WINNERS KBL European Private Bankers S.A. (National, 2009)

CENTRAL BANKER REPORT CARD

2010:
ARTICLES AND COUNTRIES REPORTS FROM GLOBAL FINANCE ARCHIVE