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Flash Eurobarometer 2007

Flash Eurobarometer 2007

45 % of the Europeans would like to become their own boss whereas the entrepreneurial urge reaches 61 % in the United States. But: over half of the EU's young people (15-24 years old) who are not self-employed are likely to follow the entrepreneurial route compared to 30 % for all EU citizens and 42 % in the US. Almost 60% of those in the EU starting up a business consider this as an opportunity rather than a necessity. But: The fear of business failure, bankruptcy and the uncertainty of income are the top fears in the EU. Lack of finance remains to be the main problem in the EU.

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The survey has been published for the first time in 2000. It covers now 25 EU Member States, USA, Norway and Iceland. The results are representative and presented by country, but also by socio-demographic characteristics.

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