Survival of newly born enterprises

The survival rates of a cohort of newly born enterprises are of course declining from one year to the other: One year after their creation, 83.7% of the enterprises newly born in 2013 were still active on the market. The two-year survival rate (from 2013 to 2015) was 71.6%. After three years, 62.6% of the enterprises were active and four years later, 56.0% of this cohort survived. The five-year-survival rate amounted to 50.5%.

The highest five-year-survival rates were registered in the economic branches of "Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply" (72.9%), "Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities" (68.3%) and "Real estate activities" (66.0%).

An analysis of the survival rates by employee size classes reveals that the five-year-survival rates were highest for enterprises with 10 and more employees (68.9%) and with between 5 and 9 employees (59.4%). For enterprises with no employees and with 1 to 4 employees the survival rates after five years amounted to 48.8% and 57.3%.

Above average are the five-year-survival rates especially in the provinces of Vorarlberg (56.6%), Tyrol (55.9%) and Salzburg (54.7%). In the provinces of Vienna (44.2%), Burgenland (47.4%) and Lower Austria (50.5%) the five-year-survival rates were below average.


Since the production of the statistics for reference year 2013, methodological steps to achieve an approximation with the SBS data are taken.

The numbers of enterprise deaths for the last two reporting years (here: 2017 and 2018) and those for enterprise births, active enterprises and surviving enterprises for the most recent reporting year (here: 2018) are provisional.