South Korea

13. Foreign Direct Investment and Foreign Portfolio Investment Statistics

Table 2: Key Macroeconomic Data, U.S. FDI in Host Country/Economy
Host Country Statistical source* USG or international statistical source USG or International Source of Data:  BEA; IMF; Eurostat; UNCTAD, Other
Economic Data Year Amount Year Amount  
Host Country Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ($M USD) 2018 1,720,454 2018 $1,619,424 https://data.worldbank.org/
country/korea-rep
 
Foreign Direct Investment Host Country Statistical source* USG or international statistical source USG or international Source of data: BEA; IMF; Eurostat; UNCTAD, Other
U.S. FDI in partner country ($M USD, stock positions) 2019 $35,933  2018 $41,532 BEA data available at https://www.bea.gov/international/
direct-investment-and-multinational-
enterprises-comprehensive-data
 
Host country’s FDI in the United States ($M USD, stock positions) 2018 $105,272 2018 $57,263 BEA data available at https://www.bea.gov/international/
direct-investment-and-multinational-enterprises-comprehensive-data
 
Total inbound stock of FDI as % host GDP 2018 13.0% 2018 14.3% UNCTAD data available at
https://unctad.org/en/Pages/DIAE/
World%20Investment%20Report/
Country-Fact-Sheets.aspx
 

*ROK Sources: GDP – http://ecos.bok.or.kr/  (as of March 2019); inbound FDI – http://www.motie.go.kr ; (as of January 2019) outbound FDI – http://www.koreaexim.go.kr  (as of March 2019) portfolio investment – http://www.fss.or.kr  (as of January 2019)

Table 3: Sources and Destination of FDI
Direct Investment from/in Counterpart Economy Data
From Top Five Sources/To Top Five Destinations (US Dollars, Millions)
Inward Direct Investment Outward Direct Investment
Total Inward $224,416 100% Total Outward $453,621 100%
United States $35,933 16% United States $105,272 23%
Japan $33,859 15% China, P.R.(Mainland) $64,900 14%
Netherlands $27,984 13% China, P.R.(Hong Kong) $26,477 6%
United Kingdom $15,128 7% Vietnam $20,579 5%
Singapore $14,959 7% Australia $14,654 3%
Table 4: Sources of Portfolio Investment
Portfolio Investment Assets
Top Five Partners (Millions, US Dollars)
Total Equity Securities Total Debt Securities
All Countries $566,319 100% All Countries $462,961 100% All Countries $103,358 100%
United States $206,440 36% United States $198,268 43% China $21,879 21%
United Kingdom $44,004 8% United Kingdom $37,803 8% Swiss $17,748 17%
Luxembourg $35,698 6% Luxembourg $29,031 6% Singapore $10,131 10%
Singapore $35,465 6% Singapore $25,334 5% United States $8,172 8%
China $31,022 5% Ireland $16,970 4% Luxembourg $6,667 6%
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