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West Europe Business

West Europe Business has long been an economic power and a forerunner in globalization. 170 of the top 500 largest global corporations (Fortune Global 500) have their headquarters in the Western Europe, while Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Spain are five major West European nations that rank amongst the world's ten largest countries by GDP.

Even though most nations of Western Europe are part of the larger European Union, it is important to recognize that each has its own strong characteristics based on history, geography, language and culture. The United Kingdom, for example, is a major financial center, Spain and France are recognized as the number one and two tourist destinations in the world, Germany boasts a strong industrial sector, while the Netherlands relies heavily on foreign trade. As such, a successful West Europe business demands insight into local markets and business cultures.

 

West Europe

To explore the diverse range of business opportunities throughout Western Europe, use the drop down menu above, or simply scroll through the list of respective countries.

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Andorra

population (2011): 84,825

population growth rate: 0.33%

median age: 40.5 years

official language: Catalan

area: 468 km² (180.7 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $46,700

key industries

  • livestock (cattle, sheep)
  • cigar, furniture production
  • banking
  • tourism
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Italy

population (2011): 61,016,804

population growth rate: 0.42%

median age: 43.5 years

official language: Italian

area: 301,340 km² (116,348 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $30,500

key industries

  • agriculture, food processing
  • auto, machine manufacturing
  • textiles, clothing, footwear
  • tourism
Austria flag

Austria

population (2011): 8,217,280

population growth rate: 0.034%

median age: 43 years

official language: German

area: 83,871 km² (32,383 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $40,400

key industries

  • machinery, auto manufacturing
  • chemical production
  • foodstuffs
  • tourism
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Liechtenstein

population (2011): 35,236

population growth rate: 0.653%

median age: 41.8 years

official language: German

area: 160 km² (62 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $141,100

key industries

  • prepared food products
  • ceramics, dental products
  • precision, optical instruments
  • tourism
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Belgium

population (2011): 10,431,477

population growth rate: 0.071%

median age: 42.3 years

languages: Dutch, French, German

area: 30,528 km² (11,787 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $37,800

key industries

  • foodstuffs
  • engineering and metal products
  • transportation, auto production
  • chemical production
  Luxembourg flag

Luxembourg

population (2011): 503,302

population growth rate: 1.145%

median age: 39.4 years

official languages: French, German

area: 2,586 km² (998 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $82,600

key industries

  • iron and steel, metal products
  • IT, telecommunications
  • banking, financial services
  • tourism
Cyprus flag

Cyprus

population (2011): 1,120,489

population growth rate: 1.617%

median age: 34.8 years

official languages: Greek, Turkish

area: 9,251 km² (3,572 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $21,000

key industries

  • food and beverage processing
  • ship repair and refurbishment
  • construction, construction material
  • tourism
  Malta flag

Malta

population (2011): 408,333

population growth rate: 0.375%

median age: 40 years

official languages: Maltese, English

area: 316 km² (121 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $25,600

key industries

  • food, beverages, tobacco
  • ship building and repair
  • banking, financial services
  • tourism

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Monaco

population (2011): 30,539

population growth rate: -0.124%

median age: 49.4 years

official language: French

area: 1.98 km² (0.76 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2006): $30,000

key industries

  • small-scale manufacturing
  • finance
  • construction
  • tourism, gambling
Denmark flag

Denmark

population (2011): 5,529,888

population growth rate: 0.251%

median age: 40.9 years

official language: Danish

area: 43,094 km² (16,639 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $36,600

key industries

  • agriculture, food processing
  • industrial machinery
  • pharmaceuticals, chemicals
  • furniture and wood products
  Netherlands flag

Netherlands

population (2011): 16,847,007

population growth rate: 0.371%

median age: 41.1 years

official language: Dutch

area: 41,543 km² (16,040 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $40,300

key industries

  • agriculture, fishing, food processing
  • metal and engineering products
  • electrical machinery & equipment
  • oil & gas, chemical production
Finland flag

Finland

population (2011): 5,259,250

population growth rate: 0.075%

median age: 42.5 years

official languages: Finnish, Swedish

area: 338,145 km² (130,559 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $35,400

key industries

  • electronics
  • machinery, scientific instruments
  • metals, metal products
  • pulp and paper, wood products
  Norway flag

Norway

population (2011): 4,691,849

population growth rate: 0.329%

median age: 40 years

official language: Norwegian

area: 323,802 km² (125,021 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $54,600

key industries

  • agriculture, fishing, food processing
  • timber, pulp and paper
  • oil and gas
  • metals, shipbuilding
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France

population (2011): 65,312,249

population growth rate: 0.5%

median age: 39.9 years

official language: French

area: 643,801 km² (248,573 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $33,100

key industries

  • agriculture, food processing
  • machinery, automobiles, aircraft
  • banking, insurance
  • tourism
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Portugal

population (2011): 10,760,305

population growth rate: 0.212%

median age: 40 years

official language: Portuguese

area: 92,090 km² (35,645 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $23,000

key industries

  • agriculture, fishing, food processing
  • textiles, clothing, footwear
  • glassware, porcelain, ceramics
  • auto-parts, ship building & repair
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Germany

population (2011): 81,471,834

population growth rate: -0.208%

median age: 44.9 years

official language: German

area: 357,022 km² (137,847 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $35,700

key industries

  • iron, steel, coal
  • machinery, autos, machine tools
  • cement, chemicals
  • electronics, shipbuilding
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Spain

population (2011): 46,754,784

population growth rate: 0.574%

median age: 40.5 years

official language: Spanish

area: 505,370 km² (195,124 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $29,400

key industries

  • agriculture, food and beverages
  • textiles, apparel, footwear
  • metals and metal manufacturing
  • tourism
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Gibraltar

population (2011): 28,956

population growth rate: 0.273%

median age: 33.3 years

official language: English

area: 6.5 km² (2.5 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $43,000

key industries

  • tobacco
  • ship repairing
  • banking, financial services
  • tourism

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Greece

population (2011): 10,760,136

population growth rate: 0.083%

median age: 42.5 years

official language: Greek

area: 131,957 km² (50,949 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $29,600

key industries

  • food and tobacco processing
  • metal and industrial products
  • shipping
  • tourism
  Sweden flag

Sweden

population (2011): 9,088,728

population growth rate: 0.163%

median age: 42 years

official language: Swedish

area: 450,295 km² (173,860 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $39,100

key industries

  • processed food
  • telecommunications equipment
  • wood products, pulp and paper
  • iron and steel, motor vehicles
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Iceland

population (2011): 311,058

population growth rate: 0.687%

median age: 35.6 years

official language: Icelandic

area: 103,000 km² (39,769 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $38,300

key industries

  • fishing, fish processing
  • hydropower, geothermal power
  • aluminum smelting, ferrosilicon
  • tourism
  Switzerland flag

Switzerland

population (2011): 7,639,961

population growth rate: 0.21%

median age: 41.7 years

lang.: German, French, Italian, Romansh

area: 41,277 km² (15,937 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $42,600

key industries

  • machinery, chemical production
  • precision instruments, watches
  • banking and insurance
  • tourism
Ireland flag

Ireland

population (2011): 4,670,976

population growth rate: 1.061%

median age: 34.8 years

official languages: Irish, English

area: 70,273 km² (27,133 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $37,300

key industries

  • food processing, brewing
  • computer hardware, software
  • pharmaceuticals, medical devices
  • chemical production
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United Kingdom

population (2011): 62,698,362

population growth rate: 0.557%

median age: 40 years

official language: English

area: 243,610 km² (94,060 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $34,800

key industries

  • food processing, textiles, clothing
  • transportation manufacturing
  • electronics, communications equip.
  • oil and gas, chemical production