Compare Countries By Deposit Rates

Deposit taking institutions offer a broad range of deposit accounts to their clients varying in maturity, withdrawal conditions and interest rates. According to ECB statistics, the most of the deposit contracts have maturity less than 1 year. This page provides information on nominal deposit rates (quoted in deposit contracts) with agreed maturity up to 1 year in local currencies.

When estimating income from a deposit, the following should be taken into account:

  • withholding tax: withholding tax is imposed on the interest gained from the deposit; withholding tax rates depend on a particular country as well as on the depositor's residency, see Compare Countries by Withholding Tax;
  • bank charges and fees: for example, a bank may charge a depositor for opening an account, maintaining the account;
  • inflation rate: real deposit rate can be calculated using expected inflation rates.

To roughly estimate the reliability of deposits in a particular country, the following two parameters are provided:

  • maximum protected amount: the maximum amount covered by a deposit guarantee system in the country, see Deposit Guarantee Schemes in Europe;
  • Moody's country ceilings for deposits: it is a highest rating assigned to a bank or other deposit-taker domiciled in this country.

Country Currency Deposit Rate[1] Estimated
Inflation Rate[2]
Protected Amount[3]
Country Ceiling for Deposits[4]
 Cyprus EUR 2.67% ↑-0.30%100 000 EURB3 (highly speculative)
 Romania RON 2.63% ↓1.40%100 000 EURA3 (upper medium grade)
 Poland PLN 2.25% ↓0.10%100 000 EURAa3 (high grade)
 Bulgaria BGN 2.25% ↓-1.60%100 000 EURA3 (upper medium grade)
 Croatia HRK 2.24% ↓0.20%100 000 EURA3 (upper medium grade)
 Slovakia EUR 2.12% ↑-0.10%100 000 EURAaa (prime)
 Netherlands EUR 1.82% ↑0.30%100 000 EURAaa (prime)
 Greece EUR 1.80% ↓-1.40%100 000 EURCaa1 (substantial risks)
 France EUR 1.80% ↑0.60%100 000 EURAaa (prime)
 Hungary HUF 1.59% ↓0.00%100 000 EURBaa2 (lower medium grade)
 Malta EUR 1.43% ↑0.80%100 000 EURAaa (prime)
 Italy EUR 1.29% ↑0.20%100 000 EURAa2 (high grade)
 Portugal EUR 1.22% ↓-0.20%100 000 EURA1 (upper medium grade)
 United Kingdom GBP 1.21% no change1.50%85 000 GBPAaa (prime)
 Czech Republic CZK 1.15% ↑0.40%100 000 EURAa2 (high grade)
 Finland EUR 1.03% ↑1.20%100 000 EURAaa (prime)
 Sweden SEK 0.61% ↓0.20%100 000 EURAaa (prime)
 Slovenia EUR 0.58% ↓0.40%100 000 EURAa3 (high grade)
 Germany EUR 0.56% ↑0.80%100 000 EURAaa (prime)
 Spain EUR 0.56% ↓-0.20%100 000 EURAa2 (high grade)
 Latvia EUR 0.53% ↓0.70%100 000 EURAaa (prime)
 Lithuania EUR 0.45% ↑0.20%100 000 EURAa1 (high grade)
 Austria EUR 0.44% ↓1.50%100 000 EURAaa (prime)
 Estonia EUR 0.35% ↓0.50%100 000 EURAaa (prime)
 Luxembourg EUR 0.31% ↑0.70%100 000 EURAaa (prime)
 Belgium EUR 0.22% ↓0.50%100 000 EURAaa (prime)
 Denmark DKK 0.21% ↓0.30%100 000 EURAaa (prime)
Table 1. Deposit rates (January 2015) and bank deposit ratings (October 20, 2014). Source: ECB, IMF, National Central Banks, Moody's.

[1] Deposit rates are agreed annualised deposit rates of new deposit contracts with agreed maturity up to 1 year between credit institutions and households, the data are provided by European Central Bank, January 2015.

[2] Estimated annual percentages of average consumer prices in 2014, the data are provided by International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook. Projections for Cyprus are excluded due to the ongoing crisis.

[3]  The data are provided by National Central Banks and Deposit Insurance Organizations.

[4] Moody's country ceilings for deposits (as of October 20, 2014) specify the highest rating that can be assigned to local- or foreign- currency denominated deposit obligations of a bank or other deposit taking institution domiciled within that country. Because the deposit rates are given for local-currency contracts,  Moody's country ceilings for local currency are provided.

Deposit Rates in the EU
Chart 1. Deposit Rates (January 2015) in the European Union. Source: ECB.
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