Information for Investors

Starting a Business in Israel
Establishing a business in Israel is a relatively straightforward matter. This guide explains the variety of ways in which a company can be structured, the key steps which are required in order to do so and other useful information for operating a business in Israel.

Representative Business Costs
A well-trained workforce, a proven track record and overall cost effectiveness, contribute to Israel’s high investment potential. From rent to employee salaries to utilities, there are many direct cost saving factors for businesses based in Israel.

Salaries in the High-Tech Sector
Gross Salary Levels in the High-Tech Sector – 2012

The Israeli tax system is based on personal practice. Israeli residents are required to pay tax on income generated anywhere in the world. Foreign residents are required to pay tax on income generated or derived in Israel, subject to source rules and double taxation treaties.

Living in Israel
Israel’s main cities, daily life, leisure, dining out, culture, traveling in Israel, shopping, system of government, healthcare, education, social welfare…

A Track record of cutting-edge innovation
A Thriving Entrepreneurial Spirit
An Exceptional Workforce
Scientific Excellence, Industrial knowhow
Global Technological Leadership

A Flexible, Creative Economy
Flourishing Venture Capital Market
A Resilient Economy, Secure for Investors
Cultural Richness and Diversity
Legislative and Financial Support


The Foreign Trade Administration (FTA) at the Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry manages
and supports Israel’s international trade and trade policy.

Through its headquarters in Jerusalem together with over 40 economic and trade missions in
key financial centers throughout the world, the FTA works tirelessly to promote Israel’s economy on a global scale.

The FTA operates a network of economic and commercial attachés around the world, who constitute the
operational-diplomatic arm of the Ministry in overseas markets and provide a wide range of services to Israeli
companies and the international business community.

The main areas of activity of the Foreign Trade Administration include promoting trade and exports, initiating and
maintaining trade agreements with the aim of improving Israel’s trade conditions, encouraging and attracting
foreign investments, and creating strategic cooperation with foreign companies.