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Spain received in 2021 a total of 28,785 million euros in foreign investment, with the Community of Madrid being the region that attracts funds from abroad, with 20,943 million, 73% of the totalaccording to data revealed yesterday by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism.

These 28,785 million that Spain attracted in foreign investment over the year as a whole represent an increase of 17.7% compared to the same period last year, due to the better investment performance in the last quarter of 2021, during which 14,170 million euros were reached.

Faced with this push in the final stretch of the year, Spain attracted in the first quarter of 2021 only a total of 3,871 million euroswhile between April and June, investments increased slightly to reach 4,445 million and in the third quarter exceeded 6,298 million.

Figures by Autonomous Communities

In cumulative terms – between January and December – the Community of Madrid attracted the largest volume of investmentwith 20,943 million euros, an increase of 14.5% compared to the same period last year.
He is followed by Catalonia, with a total of 2,968 million after a 4.8% drop compared to 2020; the Basque Country, with 1,537 million; Andalusia, with 965 million; the Community of Valencia (856 million); the Balearic Islands (334 million); Galicia (222 million); Castile-La Mancha (187 million); Castile and León (134 million); and Aragon (177 million).

Below 100 million foreign investments, Navarre, with 118 million, followed by the Region of Murcia (96 million); the Canary Islands (87 million); La Rioja (70 million), Asturias (41 million); Cantabria (24 million); Extremadura (9 million) and Ceuta and Melilla (605,000 euros).

By sector and beneficiary countries

The sector that attracted the most foreign investment in 2021 is the “supply of electrical energy, gas, steam and air”, with 5.801 million, after having jumped by more than 300% in one year. It was followed by investments in “specialized construction activities”, with 5,007 million; ‘programming, consulting and related activities’ with 1,694 million and ‘non-automotive retail trade’ with 1,138 million.

As for the country of origin of the investment, Luxembourg stands out, with 8.690 million, followed by France (6.710 million); the Netherlands (2,973 million); the United Kingdom (2,480 million); the United States (1,637 million) and Germany (1,021 million).