Share of SMEs in European Union countries 2018

This statistic presents the share of small and medium-sized enterprises in European Union countries in 2018. In Greece, SMEs accounted for 97.4 percent, whereas Germany had the lowest share of SMEs, at 82 percent.

Share of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in European Union countries in 2018

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Source

Release date

November 2019

Region

EU

Survey time period

2018

Supplementary notes

The source adds the following information:
"These are estimates for 2018 produced by DIW Econ, based on 2008-15 figures from the Structural Business Statistics Database (Eurostat). The data cover the 'non-financial business economy', which includes industry, construction, trade, and services (NACE Rev. 2 sections B to J, L, M and N), but not enterprises in agriculture, forestry and fisheries and the largely non-market service sectors such as education and health."

The source uses the following size-class definitions for all enterprises: micro firms (0-9 persons employed), small firms (10-49 persons employed), medium-sized firms (50-249 persons employed), and large firms (250+ persons employed). The advantage of using Eurostat data is that the statistics are harmonized and comparable across countries. The disadvantage is that for some countries the data may be different from those published by national authorities.

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