Featured statistic: EUR 814 billion

Date 24 January 2007

International lending by Dutch banks has grown tremendously these past two decades, to EUR 814 billion in the third quarter of 2006 (see Chart).

Chart Cross-border and local lending by Dutch banks

International loans are defined as loans extended by Dutch banks to foreign parties as well as foreign currency-denominated loans extended by foreign branches of Dutch banks to local counterparties.

Moreover, as from 2002, data are available on locally granted loans in local currencies. This form of lending better enables banks to use country-specific information and, hence, monitor outstanding claims. In the third quarter of 2006, banks had approximately EUR 780 billion in such local claims outstanding.