Ease of Doing Business in


This page summarizes Doing Business 2014 data for Germany. The first table lists the overall "Ease of Doing Business" rank (out of 189 economies) and the rankings by each topic. It also lists the economy's distance to frontier (DTF)** measure. The rest of the tables summarize the key indicators for each topic and benchmark against regional and high-income economy (OECD) averages.

Economy Overview

Region OECD high income
Income Category High income
Population 81,889,839
GNI Per Capita (US$) 44,010
City covered Berlin
Doing Business 2014 Rank Doing Business 2013 Rank*** Change in Rank
21 19 down -2

Doing Business 2014 DTF** (% points) Doing Business 2013 DTF** (% points) Change in DTF** (% points)
79.97 79.70 down 0.27

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 2014 Rank 111 DB 2013 Rank*** 104 Change in Rank down-7
DB 2014 DTF** (% points) 82.09 DB 2013 DTF** (% points) 82.07 Change in DTF** (% points) up0.02

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 5

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 11.1

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)
4.7 3.6

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)
0.0 10.4
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 EUR 1104
3 Open a bank account 1 day no charge
4 Notary public files the articles of association at the local commercial register 7 days EUR 150 (registration fee) + EUR 276 (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 (DTF) measure shows the distance of each economy to the "frontier," which represents the highest performance observed on each of the topics including Getting Electricity across all economies included in Doing Business. An economy’s distance to frontier is indicated on a scale from 0 to 100, where 0 represents the lowest performance and 100 the frontier. Read more...

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

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