Ease of Doing Business in


This page summarizes Doing Business 2015 data for Germany. The first section presents the Ease of Doing Business rank (out of 189 economies) and the distance to frontier (DTF)** measure, overall and by topic. The second section summarizes the key indicators for each topic benchmarked against regional averages.

Economy Overview

Region OECD high income
Income Category High income
Population 80,621,788
GNI Per Capita (US$) 46,100
City covered Berlin
Doing Business 2015 Rank Doing Business 2014 Rank*** Change in Rank
14 13 down -1

Doing Business 2015 DTF** (% points) Doing Business 2014 DTF** (% points) Change in DTF** (% points)
79.73 80.02 down -0.29
Positive=Doing Business reform making it easier to do business. Negative=Change making it more difficult to do business.

Starting a Business


The challenges of launching a business are shown below. Included are: the number of steps entrepreneurs can expect to go through to launch, the time it takes on average, and the cost and minimum capital required as a percentage of gross national income (GNI) per capita.

DB 2015 Rank 114 DB 2014 Rank*** 103 Change in Rank down-11
DB 2015 DTF** (% points) 81.38 DB 2014 DTF** (% points) 81.75 Change in DTF** (% points) down-0.37

Information on new business density and number of newly created firms with limited liability can be found at Entrepreneurship Database.

Indicator Germany OECD

The total number of procedures required to register a firm. A procedure is defined as any interaction of the company founders with external parties (for example, government agencies, lawyers, auditors or notaries).

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Procedures (number)
9.0 4.8

The total number of days required to register a firm. The measure captures the median duration that incorporation lawyers indicate is necessary to complete a procedure with minimum follow-up with government agencies and no extra payments.

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Time (days)
14.5 9.2

Cost is recorded as a percentage of the economy’s income per capita. It includes all official fees and fees for legal or professional services if such services are required by law.

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Cost (% of income per capita)
8.8 3.4

The amount that the entrepreneur needs to deposit in a bank or with a notary before registration and up to 3 months following incorporation and is recorded as a percentage of the economy’s income per capita.

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Paid-in min. capital (% of income per capita)
35.8 8.8
No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs
1 Obtain the company’s name at the local chamber of industry and commerce Less than one day (online procedure) no charge
2 Notarize the Articles of Association and Memorandum of Association 1 day see procedure details
3 Open a bank account 1 day no charge
4 File the Articles of Association through the notary public at the local Commercial Register 7 days EUR 150 (registration fee) + EUR 250 (application for registration)
5 Notify the local Office of Business and Standards of the establishment of the company 1 day EUR 31
* 6 Register with the Professional Association of the relevant trade 1 day (simultaneous with previous procedure) no charge
* 7 Notify the local Labor Office of the establishment of the company 1 day (simultaneous with previous procedure) no charge
* 8 Register employees for health and social insurance 1 day (simultaneous with previous procedure) no charge
* 9 Mail out the documentation to the Tax Office 1 day (simultaneous with previous procedure) no charge
  * Takes place simultaneously with another procedure.

**The distance to frontier score shows how far on average an economy is at a point in time from the best performance achieved by any economy on each Doing Business indicator since 2005 or the third year in which data for the indicator were collected. The measure is normalized to range between 0 and 100, with 100 representing the frontier. Read more...

***Last year's rankings are adjusted. They are based on 10 topics and reflect data corrections.

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