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Average time to start a company in the European Union 2018, by country

In 2018, the average number of days it takes to start a private-limited company in European Union was 3.1 days. In Sweden it takes on average 11.7 days to start a new company, the longest amount of time among EU countries. The country where it takes the least time to start a new company is Greece where on average it takes 0.7 days.

Average time it takes to register a private-limited company in European Union countries in 2018

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March 2020



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Supplementary notes

* Number of days to start a company for selected countries given as ranges as follows:
Croatia = 1-5 days
Czechia = 1-5 days
Estonia = 1-2 days
Finland = 3-5 days
Ireland = 2-5 days
Lithuania = 3-4 days
Romania = 1-3 days

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