Investing in Italy is investing in the third largest economy in the Eurozone, with free access to the world’s largest single
market and one of the safest places to live, an impressive cultural offer, stunning sceneries and world-class cuisine
but many companies go beyond that:
THEY SEE THE ADVANTAGE OF INVESTING IN ITALY!
At the end of 2017 Italy launched the program “Investor visa for Italy”, offering a transparent, easy and fast
procedure for obtaining a new kind of visa aimed at investors. Investor visa holders can also opt for a special,
simplified tax regime.Such changes did not go unnoticed, in fact, in 2019 Italy ranked 8th in the world in
A. T. Kearney 2019 FDI Confidence Index, outperforming countries like Switzerland, the Netherlands, Sweden,
Austria, Belgium, Denmark and Singapore.
FAMILY IS A BUSINESS
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are a focal point in the Italian business environment. Many Italian
SMEs are family owned and their economic role is much more significant compared to EU average: in 2017
SMEs generated 67.1 % value added compared to a 56.8 % EU average,
and 78.5 % in employment against
the EU average of 66.4 %. Micro firms are especially important, as they contribute 28.6% of overall value
added and 45.9 % of overall employment in the ‘non-financial business
Value added and employment in SMEs are significantly higher than the EU average in the manufacturing sector.
In the accommodation and food services sector SMEs outperformed large firms: SME employment and value
added in these sectors increased by 3.2 % and 14.4 % respectively in 2014-2017. In 2015-2016, both overnight stays
and number of tourist arrivals increased.