The fact that Germans invest relatively little in equities is well known. The shareholders' quota here is six percent, in Austria it is seven, in the US 25, in Switzerland 20 and in France 15 percent. The top position is occupied by the Netherlands, 30 percent of the population hold shares. It is less well-known that the proportion of shareholders is unevenly distributed even within Germany. The West-East divide is high, according to a study by the Comdirect.