Size of the Industry

It is always difficult to calculate the true size of the self storage industry in any region as there are, and will be a number of companies who are entering the market in a small way, who are ‘testing the water’, or suggesting that they are self storage providers when actually they are not. Associations gathering data on their industry are often not aware of these smaller operators and will traditionally have stronger data on their members, than non member operations.

There will always be some businesses, large and small that for various reasons do not wish to become members of their local industry association. Over the past year, FEDESSA and its members have, however, increased their efforts to measure the size of the self storage industry, including the non members sites, in every European country.

We estimate that there are around 4,290 facilities of any note across Europe. 

 
Country Population Est. no facilities  Total current  rentable sqm sqm per person Facilities per million population

Austria

8,955,102

81

115,000

0.013

9.0

Belgium

11,539,328

90

203,000

0.018

7.8

Czech Republic

10,689,209

8

15,000

0.001

0.7

Denmark

5,771,876

93

197,000

0.034

16.1

Estonia

1,325,648

4

4,500

0.003

3.0

Finland

5,532,156

70

156,000

0.028

12.7

France

65,129,728

505

1,200,000

0.018

7.8

Germany

82,293,45

273

630,000

0.008

3.3

Hungary

9,684,679

17

42,000

0.004

1.8

Iceland

339,031

8

20,000

0.059

23.6

Ireland

4,882,495

41

104,469

0.021

8.4

Italy

60,550,075

64

185,000

0.003

1.1

Latvia

1,906,743

3

7,500

0.004

1.6

Lithuania

2,759,627

2

2,000

0.001

0.7

Netherlands

17,097,130

315

900,000

0.053

18.4

Norway

5,378,857

240

150,000

0.028

44.6

Poland

37.887,768

21

72,000

0.002

0.6

Portugal

10,226,187

36

59,000

0.006

3.5

Romania

19,364,557

7

19,000

0.001

0.4

Russia

148,872,256

70

165,000

0.001

0.5

Spain

46,736,776

504

990,000

0.021

10.8

Sweden

10,036,379

206

480,000

0.048

20.5

Switzerland

8,591,365

120

120,000

0.014

14.0

UK (incl. containers)

67,530,172

1,582

4,236,300

0.063

23.4