(29)Featured statistic: EUR 805 billion

Dutch banks are attracting more and more foreign funds. In the third quarter of 2005, Dutch banks’ gross external debt rose to a record EUR 805 billion, an increase by EUR 122 billion in one year’s time. 

Two-thirds of the total debt is made up of deposit liabilities (EUR 512 billion), mainly consisting of short-term funds from foreign banks. Furthermore, Dutch banks continue to issue substantial amounts of debt instruments, now totalling EUR 347 billion, approximately 80 per cent (EUR 277 billion) of which is in foreign hands.

Graph - External debt of Dutch banks in EUR billion