A strong Nordic bank

Danske Bank is a Nordic universal bank with strong local roots and bridges to the rest of the world. For more than 145 years,  we have helped people and businesses in the Nordics realise their ambitions. Today, we serve personal, business and institutional customers and in addition to banking services, we offer life insurance and pension, mortgage credit, wealth management, real estate and leasing services.

When we share ambitions, we all grow stronger

Danske Bank in numbers

Present in 16 countries

19,500 employees

2.7 million personal customers

236,000 small and medium-sized business customers

1,800 corporate and institutional customers

We are driven by our customers’ ambitions

One of the best things in my life is to leave work in downtown Oslo and a little more than two hours later be able to enjoy the peace and quiet of the forest and mountains at the farm with my family. In the future, I want our kids to be able to run our family farm without needing to have high-paying jobs to cover operating expenses.

Jens Naas Bibow

Partner at Thommesen, one of Norway’s major law firms. The family commutes between Oslo and the family farm in Stor-Elvdal, 200 km north of Oslo

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Our core markets


In Denmark, Danske Bank’s roots go back to 1871, when Den Danske Landmandsbank was founded. Through the years, the bank has grown through mergers with many local and regional banks. One of the most important mergers took place in 1990, when Den Danske Landmandsbank merged with two other major Danish banks, making Danske Bank the largest bank in Denmark.

We have a strong position in the Danish market, and because of our size, we strive to play an important role in Danish society, not only by creating value for our customers but also by fostering growth in society in general. 

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We are the third-largest bank in Finland, with a good foundation for future growth. Our ambition is to develop our strong position by offering solutions and tools that make daily banking and important financial decisions easy. 

From the outset, we have played a vital role in modernising banking in Finland. Banking became much easier with the introduction of the first modern payment system, the postal giro, and our Finnish banking customers were the first in the world to do their banking on mobile phones. 

We began in Finland in 1887, when the government opened a bank that operated out of local postal offices. The government ran it for more than 100 years, developing it from holding deposits to financing Finland’s growing manufacturing industry and the construction of residential housing. In 2006, this bank became part of Danske Bank.

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In Norway, we are the third-largest bank and see ourselves in a challenger position. We serve personal and business customers as well as large corporations from 28 branches and four regional finance centres across Norway. With an ambition to grow in the Norwegian market, we have the advantage of being a strong, large bank equipped to cater to a wide range of customers while also being able to respond quickly to customer needs by developing innovative and value-creating products and solutions. 

We trace our Norwegian origins back to 1859, when the first Norwegian business bank was founded in Trondheim. Since then, it has grown through mergers between local and regional banks, but our Norwegian headquarters remain in Trondheim. In 1999, the bank merged with Danske Bank.

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Danske Bank is the fifth-largest bank in Sweden, and we have a strong ambition to strengthen our position. By taking advantage of our technological and digital strengths and drawing on both local and Nordic expertise, we aim to create value for our Swedish customers. 

Our Swedish operations began in 1837, when financing needs in the building industry in southwestern Sweden led to the foundation of Öst-Götha Bank. Later, after a boom in the Swedish agricultural industry, the bank developed a strong position among local and regional farmers.

Danske Bank Sweden is the result of a number of mergers and acquisitions that culminated in 1997 with the merger of 17 regional Swedish banks. With that merger, Danske Bank became the first foreign bank to have a wide branch network in Sweden. Today, we have some 50 branches and six financial centres in Sweden.

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Our business units

  • Personal Banking

    Everyone is busy these days. People need a bank that knows them and their needs and that is available 24/7. At Danske Bank Personal Banking, we work constantly to make daily banking and important financial decisions easy and to give our customers the best experience whenever they are in touch with us.

    Customised advice and innovative solutions
    We offer personal advice that addresses our customers’ individual needs as well as a broad range of innovative solutions in day-to-day banking, home financing, retirement planning and other aspects of personal finance.

    We’re open 24/7
    We’re ready to help our customers around the clock – on the phone, by e-mail or chat, or on our websites – as well as at our branch offices during business hours. With our intuitive mobile and tablet eBanking solutions, customers can do most of their banking business whenever it suits them.

  • Business Banking

    We help businesses achieve their goals
    No matter what situation a business is in, we have usually seen something similar before. We use our experience to provide value-creating advice and targeted solutions to business customers throughout the Nordic region, regardless of whether they are sole proprietors or multinational groups. 

    We always base our recommendations on the individual business’s situation and size. There are times in the life cycle of a business when specialised advice is needed, for instance during international expansion, acquisitions or a change of ownership.

    Such situations are strategically important, and we have solutions that enable businesses to benefit from our experience in a variety of situations.

    Easy daily operations and new opportunities
    Our business customers get access to the most innovative digital solutions on the market. These solutions make their daily operations easier and give them new opportunities. They are easy to use, flexible and secure.

  • Corporates & Institutions

    Corporates & Institutions serves the most complex financing and transaction needs of large corporate and institutional clients and helps them prosper and grow.

    We offer expertise in funding, risk management, investment services, corporate finance advisory services, and comprehensive, award-winning transaction banking solutions.

    With our extensive network and years of expertise, we connect issuers and investors to create financing and investment opportunities. Our aim is to be an inspiring partner by understanding our customers’ strategic agendas and developing tailor-made solutions that meet their needs.

    Geographical reach
    Our four core markets are Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark. Our offices in 11 other countries offer gateways to the rest of world for Nordic companies and points of entry to our region for international businesses.

  • Wealth Management

    Wealth Management offers a broad range of products and services within pension savings and wealth and asset management. We serve private individuals, companies and institutional investors in the markets in which Danske Bank operates. The Wealth Management organisation consists of Danske Private Equity, Danica Pension, Danske Capital, Danske Invest and Private Banking.

    Holistic approach
    Focusing on the customer’s unique situation and long-term goals, our ambition is to be the investor’s and pension saver’s preferred partner. Our management and advisory services take a holistic approach that enables our customers to make the right financial decisions – regardless of scale and complexity. For us, the goal is not pension savings or wealth and asset management but using our expertise to help our customers reach their goals.

Making banking easier for over 145 years

Innovation has always been at the core of our business. Throughout our history, we have turned the latest technology into new and efficient tools and solutions to help our customers meet their financial needs. Our ambition is to make daily banking and important financial decisions easy for our customers.


First safe deposit boxes in Europe

The bank opens the first facility in Europe to allow personal customers to rent safe deposit boxes.



Danske Bank becomes the first bank in Denmark to launch a mobile payment solution.

Meet our executives

We have a two-tier management structure consisting of the Board of Directors and the Executive Board. The senior management team is made up of people with international backgrounds and solid leadership experience, and they are dedicated to running a sound and competitive bank that creates long-term value for all its stakeholders.

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Our global footprint

Danske Bank is the largest bank in Denmark, and we serve personal and business customers and large institutional clients. Our Danish headquarters have been located on the same premises in Copenhagen since the bank's foundation in 1871.
Danske Bank is the third-largest bank in Finland, and we serve personal and business customers and large institutional clients. Finland is one of our core markets and our Finnish headquarters are located in Helsinki.
Danske Bank is the third-largest bank in Norway, and we serve personal and business customers and large institutional clients. Norway is one of our core markets and our Norwegian headquarters are located in Trondheim.
Danske Bank is the fifth-largest bank in Sweden, and we serve personal and business customers and large institutional clients. Sweden is one of our core markets and our Swedish headquarters are located in Stockholm.
In Estonia, we serve corporate and private banking customers from the Baltic and Nordic countries. Our Estonian headquarters are located in Tallinn.
In Lithuania, we serve corporate and private banking customers from the Baltic and Nordic countries. Our Lithuanian headquarters in Vilnius also host a large operations and IT development centre. We are able to offer innovative solutions by tapping into the global talent of IT experts.
In Latvia, our branch in the capital of Riga serves corporate and private banking customers from the Baltic and Nordic countries.
From our offices in Moscow and St. Petersburg, we serve Nordic customers and subsidiaries of Nordic companies doing business in Russia.
From our office in Warsaw, we serve Nordic customers and subsidiaries of Nordic companies doing business in Poland.
From our office in Hamburg, we serve Nordic business customers with activities and subsidiaries in Germany as well as German and international organisations with activities in the Nordics.
In Beijing, we have a representative office serving Nordic business customers that are already present or seeking to establish themselves in China. We help both large corporations as well as small and medium-sized businesses by providing contacts to local businesses, facilitating access to Chinese banks and generally offering insights about the Chinese market.
From our Luxembourg office, we offer international private banking solutions, wealth planning, and asset and liability management to expatriates living in countries outside the Nordics.
United Kingdom
From our London office, we serve Nordic business customers operating in the British market as well as large British businesses with activities in the Nordics. We also offer international private banking solutions, wealth planning and investments to expatriates living in the UK.
Northern Ireland
In Northern Ireland, Danske Bank is one of the leading financial institutions. We serve personal and business customers and large institutional clients through 46 branches and four regional finance centres.
In the Irish market, we serve the largest business customers and institutional clients. We use our international network to help both local and international organisations from our Irish headquarters in Dublin.
United States
From our office in New York, we provide access for US institutional investors to invest in securities traded on the Nordic and European exchanges and markets.
At our development centre in Bangalore, more than 800 IT professionals work to solve complex technological challenges related to the innovative solutions that we offer our customers.

General meeting

Danske Bank's annual general meeting took place on 16 March 2017.
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Corporate Governance

We work continually to improve our corporate governance and implement best practices.
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We want to run a strong, sustainable business that creates value for all our stakeholders.
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