This can be inferred from the table below, which provides a comparative overview of the different support measures taken by the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Ireland, the United Kingdom, the United States and Switzerland.The following three support measures are distinguished: capital injection, asset relief and debt guarantee.
Table - Government support to financial institutions (GDP %) (positions as at 1 August 2010)
|Capital injected||Repaid||Asset relief||Debt guarantee|
In the event of a capital injection, governments provide support by buying shares or granting loans. Since the failure of Lehman Brothers practically all countries have taken measures to improve the capital positions of financial institutions. Between countries and institutions, support measures may vary widely in size and form, in compensation received by the government and in repayment conditions. Including the repaid support payments, capital support in the Netherlands amounts to 6.3% of GDP. The position of the Netherlands in this respect more or less corresponds with our country's position in the overview of banking sector sizes.