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 thef non members sites, in every European country.

We estimate that there are around 2,700 facilities of any note across Europe.  The Europe-wide figure increases to approximately 7.7 million when unconverted space is added. That is space within a self storage property that has the potential to be fitted out for self storage, but as yet has not been developed. It is common for self storage buildings to be fitted out in stages as occupancy rates increase on the developed units.

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

Austria

8,569,633

30

78,000

0.009

3.5

Belgium

11,138,000

30

130,000

0.012

2.7

Czech Republic

10,554,000

3

11,000

0.001

0.3

Denmark

5,695,000

71

176,000

0.031

12.5

Estonia

1,306,000

2

2,000

0.002

1.5

Finland*

5,534,000

59

130,000

0.023

10.7

France

64,711,000

340

930,000

0.014

5.3

Germany

81,277,000

170

463,000

0.006

2.1

Hungary

9,823,000

13

35,000

0.004

1.3

Iceland

332,000

6

15,000

0.045

18.1

Ireland

4,705,000

25

80,000

0.017

5.3

Italy

59,860,000

46

163,000

0.003

0.8

Latvia

1,943,000

2

5,000

0.003

1.0

Lithuania

2,842,000

1

1,500

0.001

0.4

Netherlands

16,989,000

284

849,000

0.050

16.7

Norway*

5,282,000

72

84,000

0.016

13.6

Poland

38,627,000

10

10,500

0.000

0.3

Portugal

10,303,000

16

49,500

0.005

1.6

Romania

19,339,000

1

12,500

0.001

0.1

Spain

46,041,000

313

640,000

0.014

6.8

Sweden*

9,868,000

128

370,000

0.037

13.0

Switzerland

8,405,000

47

48,000

0.006

5.6

UK (incl. containers)

65,158,000

1,077

3,493,000

0.054

16.5

Europe in total

488,283,633

2,746

7,776,000

0.016

5.6

US

324,000,000

51,000

274,807,000

0.848

157.4

Australia*

23,850,000

1,300

4,050,000

0.170

54.5