A strong Nordic bank

Danske Bank is a Nordic 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. 

We want to help our customers become financially confident and help them build their lives and businesses on a solid financial foundation. We aim to create long-term value for all our stakeholders – our customers, shareholders and the societies we are part of – and our vision is to be recognised as the most trusted financial partner.

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When we share ambitions, we all grow stronger

Danske Bank in numbers

Present in 13 countries

2.8 million personal and business customers

1,955 corporate and institutional customers

21,960 employees

225 branches

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. 

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We are present in 14 countries with focus on the Nordic markets and with strong bridges to the rest of the world. Go to your local website and read more about our offerings and services in your country.
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Meet our executives

We have a two-tier management structure consisting of the Board of Directors and the Executive Leadership Team. 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.

On our Management page you can find photos and CV's of the members of both the Executive Leadership and the Board of Directors.

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Partnering with us

We believe in co-creating products and solutions with partners to offer better services for our customers. Our partnerships comprise of large organisations such as insurance companies and trade unions as well as fintechs that contribute to defining the financial solutions of the future. We also embrace open banking and invite developers to test and create innovative banking solutions in our developer community.

Danske Bank's history

Danske Bank Group’s history goes back to the founding of Den Danske Landmandsbank in 1871. Two years later, in 1873, Handelsbanken is founded. It remained Danske Bank's neighbour and competitor until the two banks merged in 1990.

After the merger, the continuing bank is named Den Danske Bank. 

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Our Essence

Our Essence is the foundation on which we build our business. It consists of our vision, strategic core, customer promise and core values.
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Corporate Governance

We work continually to improve our corporate governance and implement best practices.
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Societal Impact

We want to play an active role and make a positive impact in society by driving sustainable progress and using our expertise to make a positive difference.
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