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Most and least popular financial markets in Europe

The global financial market is more connected and powerful than ever before. Some of the most influential indexes on earth, based on markets in different corners of the world, create the financial weather for billions of people. Such hubs have been around for centuries now, however, the way we know them today is most certainly not how it all started.

At the early stage of human development, money was not used at all. Small communities that represented the entire population did not need a special payment method to perform small trading operations. Instead, they would exchange needed products and services for others that they needed. For instance, a person could get one type of food for another or a meal in exchange for a particular service.

Such methods were quite efficient and provided the platform for trade that was more than enough for the time being. However, as civilization emerged into kingdoms and empires, a better way was needed to facilitate increasing trading relations. The volume of trade was quickly growing, gaining national interest. Thus, exchanging such enormous amounts of goods was efficient in no way anymore.

Under such circumstances, the universal payment method - money ways invented. At first, coins were introduced. Their production required precious metals. The reason behind it was to highlight the value of money. However, soon the amounts of money in revenue increased and using precious metals for their production was not sufficient. As a result, regular metals replaced precious ones. Later, paper banknotes became the most widespread means of cash.

 Nevertheless, we are not here to discuss the history of cash. What really changed the financial industry is the vast expansion of the technology field. Throughout the past decade, technological advancement reached new heights, changing almost every sector altogether. 

The introduction of the internet and the widespread use of computers were the biggest reasons that sparked the revolution in financial markets. Yes, traditional stock exchanges had been around for centuries, however, the entire system could now be put online. This made it much more accessible to millions of people.

Europe is undoubtedly one of the leaders in this regard. Some of the freest and most powerful financial markets are located here, from London to Paris, these giants create the weather for the rest of the world. However, smaller European markets are often overshadowed by bigger ones and are left unnoticed. In this article, we have gathered some of the most and least popular financial markets in Europe.


The Nordic nation of Sweden, along with others in the region, is one of the most developed countries on earth. It is rich and has great wellbeing levels. Its capital Stockholm is the nordic capital of finance and commerce. The nation’s banking system is highly advanced and digitalized. Importantly, Sweden is leading the way in fintech globally. It is the most cashless nation in the world to date with over 82% of people not using cash at all.

One of the fastest-growing financial sectors in Sweden is forex trading. The wider access to the internet allows millions of people globally to trade with currencies, as well as other assets through the worldwide web. Top rated Forex brokers in Sweden benefit from the nation’s smooth financial and legal systems.

United Kingdom

Britain has been the global hub of finance for centuries. Its capital has consecutively been rated as the most influential, rich and expensive city in the world. Along with New York, London is one of the biggest powerhouses on earth. It has everything a financial institution requires for functioning - streamlined legislation, efficient services, global significance, as well as a strategic location, sitting at the edge of the Atlantic and Europe.

London is home to one of the oldest and biggest stock markets as well. The London Stock Exchange, located in the city of London has a market capitalization of over $4,59 trillion. This makes the country, without a doubt, the most attractive financial market in Europe. Despite the recent plunge due to the coronavirus outbreak, the nation remains a leader on the continent and beyond.


Poland is one of the largest countries in the European Union. With roughly 40 million people, it is a major consumer market on the continent. It has also been one of the fastest-growing economies in the past decade, due to its EU membership and technology-oriented approach to development. The nation’s capital of Warsaw is an alpha+ global city, highlighting its global influence. The Warsaw Stock Exchange is a principle platform for Poland which has a decent market cap.

Considering all the aforementioned factors, Poland should be a very popular and attractive financial market. However, the unfortunate truth is hidden in the future. The ultra-conservative government keeps pushing for policies, that endangers not only the financial market of Poland but also its integrity and EU membership. Many high profile officials from the EU have already sent alarming messages to the Polish government, asking them to stop pressuring legislative bodies and the nation’s court. However, considering the recent elections, the law and justice party is expected to occupy the office for a long time. Thus, the Polish financial market is losing popularity amid the uncertainty within the nation.


The Mediterranean nation is known for its vast economic turmoils. Greece is still trying to recover from the 2008 global financial crisis as consequences were heavily experienced in this country. Besides the recent events, the nation is not making any smart investments in the future. The technological sector is slowly developing while some of the country’s leading industries are not making much progress.

The Athens stock exchange used to be a booming market. However, after the economic turbulence, it has become absolutely rigid. Without any tangible solutions or plans for the future. Greece keeps maintaining its place as the least popular financial market in Europe.






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