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Study "Overview of family business relevant issues"

The study was carried out in 2008 and surveys the EU Member States, EEA countries (Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein) and candidate countries (Turkey, Croatia, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia). It covers the following topics:

  • General description of family firms in Europe (e.g. specific strengths, weaknesses, difficulties, challenges, advantages,) and the different definitions used. Special focus is put on the challenges affecting those family firms that are, at the same time, SMEs.
  • Description of the family business sector in each country (e.g. overall picture, relevant policies and/or actions locally carried out to develop a more favourable environment to family business, research in the country concerned, institutional framework), including the identification and analysis of "best practices" for a favourable environment for family business.
  • Database of family business related institutions/organisations in all the countries covered by the study.

You can access to the study through the following links:

  • STUDY pdf - 4 MB [4 MB] (Main Document)

Country Sheets

EU Member States

Austria pdf - 260 KB [260 KB]

Germany pdf - 88 KB [88 KB]

The Netherlands pdf - 121 KB [121 KB]

Belgium pdf - 147 KB [147 KB]

Greece pdf - 102 KB [102 KB]

Poland pdf - 106 KB [106 KB]

Bulgaria pdf - 108 KB [108 KB]

Hungary pdf - 115 KB [115 KB]

Portugal pdf - 71 KB [71 KB]

Cyprus pdf - 84 KB [84 KB]

Ireland pdf - 94 KB [94 KB]

Romania pdf - 146 KB [146 KB]

Czech Rep. pdf - 111 KB [111 KB]

Italy pdf - 154 KB [154 KB]

Slovakia pdf - 108 KB [108 KB]

Denmark pdf - 101 KB [101 KB]

Latvia pdf - 45 KB [45 KB]

Slovenia pdf - 136 KB [136 KB]

Estonia pdf - 79 KB [79 KB]

Lithuania pdf - 82 KB [82 KB]

Spain pdf - 106 KB [106 KB]

Finland pdf - 166 KB [166 KB]

Luxemburg pdf - 73 KB [73 KB]

Sweden pdf - 132 KB [132 KB]

France pdf - 164 KB [164 KB]

Malta pdf - 84 KB [84 KB]

United Kingdom pdf - 220 KB [220 KB]

Candidate countries

Turkey pdf - 110 KB [110 KB]

Croatia pdf - 113 KB [113 KB]

Former Yugoslav pdf - 114 KB [114 KB] Republic of Macedonia pdf - 114 KB [114 KB]

EEA countries

Iceland pdf - 52 KB [52 KB]

Liechtenstein pdf - 133 KB [133 KB]

Norway pdf - 139 KB [139 KB]

  • DATABASE zip - 171 KB [171 KB] (Family Business related organisations)

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