Women Entrepreneurs in Europe

In 2012, there were 40.6 million entrepreneurs active in Europe, of whom 29% were women (11.6 million). The percentage of women entrepreneurs was slightly higher in the European Union (EU-28) at 31%. In EU-28, around 10.3 million women entrepreneurs were active compared to 22.8 million men entrepreneurs.

The percentages of women entrepreneurs in the total number of entrepreneurs varied considerably between countries in Europe. With 43%, Liechtenstein had the highest percentage of women entrepreneurs, followed by Latvia (40%), Lithuania (40%) and Luxembourg (39%). With 32%, Spain is only slightly above the average of 31% among the EU-28. With 15%, Turkey had the lowest percentage followed by Malta (18%) and Ireland (20%).

In 2008, the percentage of women entrepreneurs was 30% for Europe-37 and 28% for EU-28. The variation between and ranking of countries was similar to 2012, but in general, we are able to identify a slow increase in women entrepreneurs.

In the period 2003 to 2012, the percentage of women entrepreneurs of the total entrepreneurs in Europe increased from 26.1% to 28.5%. In the same period, the percentage of women entrepreneurs in EU-28 increased from 28.9% to 31%. In almost all countries, the percentage of women entrepreneurs increased, with the highest percentages in Liechtenstein, Iceland, Cyprus, Spain and Serbia.

Source of data: Statistical Data on Women Entrepreneurs in Europe, published by the European Commission (September 2014)


Women Entrepreneurs and their Supporters

Are you an entrepreneur? Are you a women entrepreneur? Or simply in favour of gender equality or even gender equity?

Women Entrepreneurs and their Supporters

If you answered one of the aforementioned questions with a yes, then you should definitely take a look at the platform Arora. A purpose-driven comprehensive platform designed for women business owners and their supporters, with a clear mission: empowering women to thrive financially.

We encourage you to take a look at their website and their main activities: (1) loans made simple, (2) become your own financial expert, and (3) track and manage your finances.

Afterwards, please fill out this survey on your experience with Arora. It will only take you 4 minutes to fill out.

Your feedback will help Arora improve, as well as support other initiatives related to the Sustainable Development Goal 5, achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls in the world. We are also expecting the Spanish version (versión Española) of Arora soon.