Development Data Group, The World Bank. 2012. 2012 World Development Indicators Online. Washington, DC: The World Bank. Available at: http://data.worldbank.org
Foreign direct investment is the net inflows of investment into a country from abroad.
To qualify as investment the investing company must obtain a lasting management interest specifically a 10% or more of voting stock.
The data is compiled from the International Monetary Fund, International Financial Statistics and Balance of Payments databases, and World Bank, Global Development Finance.