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Insurance density in Belgium 1980-2016

This statistic shows the insurance density in Belgium from 1980 to 2016 (in million U.S. dollars). Insurance density is a measure to gauge a country's insurance market, specifically the gross premiums paid in relation to the inhabitants of the measured country. In 2016, Belgium reached a density of approximately 2,600 U.S. dollars. There were 118 insurance companies in Belgium at the end of the same year. The biggest insurance branch in Belgium is the "life" branch, which focuses on life insurances, pensions and funeral in kind insurances and reached a market share of life insurance business in terms of gross premium, the ratio of gross life insurance premium to the total gross premium, of approximately 76 percent in Belgium in 2005. This, however, decreased to approximately 59 percent in 2015. This development coincides with the European Central Bank purchasing assets on credit markets across Europe and, consequently, low interest rates in long-term investments, such as the capital market rate of ten-year government bonds in Belgium. From 2006 onwards, the number of life insurance companies decreased steadily. In 2007, there were approximately 30 companies active on the domestic market with 22 companies by the end of 2016.

Insurance density in Belgium from 1980 to 2016 (in million U.S. dollars)*

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Release date

September 2017



Survey time period

1980 to 2016

Supplementary notes

* The source states that the numbers provided indicate "Gross premiums in relation to inhabitants" (in German: "Brutto-Beitr├Ąge in Relation zu den Einwohnern").

** The number provided for 2016 is provisional.

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