In the year 2006 on behalf of the Stiftung Familienunternehmen ZEW had developed the Country Index for Family Enterprises. The objective of that index is an international comparison of investment locations from the perspective of family enterprises. For this purpose partial indicators have been developed covering the aspects taxation, employment, regulations, financing and public infrastructure for 18 countries. In the year 2008 the country index has first been updated and expanded in 2008. Following the first update and expansion, in this project the country index is once again updated and with regard to the financial and economic crisis an indicator for the instability facing a crisis is developed and disclosed.