In view of the strongly increased interest in direct investment the IMF has begun collecting worldwide data on direct investment. The results of this Coordinated Direct Investment Survey (CDIS) have recently been published on the IMF website. At end-2009, the Netherlands accounted for USD 3,700 billion in foreign direct investment. In other words, Dutch enterprises invested a total of this amount in associated foreign enterprises. This represents around 18 per cent of total outward investment as reported by the participating countries to the IMF. Conversely, the Netherlands welcomed an inflow of USD 3,000 billion in inward foreign direct investment. The United States followed at some distance with outward direct investment of USD 3,500 billion and inward of USD 2,300.Luxembourgranked third with USD 1,750 and 1,800 billion respectively.
The two tables below present the top ten of countries in terms of inward and outward direct investment as at end-2009.