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International Banking Activities in Offshore Centers


Bank for International Settlements

This table ranks the largest offshore centers by banks' external assets.


(Created by Tobias Schiedermair, May 2006; updated by Leila Farahani, February 2009)


Table notes:

The data are based on the residence of the bank and therefore measure the activities

of all banking offices residing in each reporting country.

Numbers include banks that report to the Bank for International Settlements. This includes banks residing in Australia, Austria, the Bahamas, Bahrain, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Chinese Taipei, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guernsey, Hong Kong SAR, India, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Korea, Luxembourg, Macao SAR, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Netherlands Antilles, Norway, Panama, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Numbers include international transactions between the banks and any of their own affiliates.

Additional information:

Detailed information on breaks in series in the locational banking statistics are available on the BIS website under


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