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Swedbank AB
TypePublicly traded Aktiebolag
Nasdaq StockholmSWED
ISINSE0000242455[1]
IndustryFinancial services
Founded1820; 202 years ago (1820)
HeadquartersSundbyberg, Sweden
Area served
Sweden, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia
Key people
Göran Persson
(Chairman)
Jens Henriksson
(President and CEO)
ProductsRetail banking, mortgage loans, corporate banking, merchant processing services
RevenueIncrease 46.89 billion kr (2021)
Increase 25.82 billion kr (2021)
Increase 20.87 billion kr (2021)
Total assetsIncrease 2.75 trillion kr (2021)
Total equityIncrease 161.69 billion kr (2021)
Number of employees
16,565 (end 2021)
Subsidiaries
  • Swedbank Estonia
  • Swedbank Latvia
  • Swedbank Lithuania
Websitewww.swedbank.com
Footnotes / references
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Swedbank AB (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈsvɛ̌d(ː)baŋk, ˈsvɛ̌d(ː)bæŋk, ˈswɛ̌d(ː)bæŋk])[3][verification needed][self-published source?] is a Nordic-Baltic banking group based in Stockholm, Sweden, offering retail banking, asset management, financial, and other services.[4] In 2019 Swedbank had 900,000 private and 130,000 corporate clients and a 60% market share of Estonia’s payments.[5]

History

The first Swedish savings bank was founded in Gothenburg in 1820. In 1992, a number of local savings banks merged to create Sparbanken Sverige ("Savings Bank Sweden"). In 1995, this bank was listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange and in 1997, it merged with Föreningsbanken under the combined name FöreningsSparbanken (abbreviated FSB). During the late 2000s global financial crisis, Swedbank accepted government assistance due to its losses from loans made to neighboring Baltic economies.

On 8 September 2006, Föreningssparbanken AB changed its name to Swedbank AB. The name change took place in the afternoon local time, after the Swedish Companies Registration Office registered the changes in the company's articles of association. On the same date, the subsidiary AB Spintab changed its name to Swedbank Hypotek AB ("Swedbank Mortgage AB") and FöreningsSparbanken Jordbrukskredit AB changed its name to Swedbank Jordbrukskredit AB ("Swedbank Agricultural Credit AB"). Other subsidiaries will change their names at later dates.

Headquarters

The current Swedbank Headquarters was inaugurated in 2014 in Sundbyberg Municipality. The building was designed by 3XM.[6]

Organisation

Swedbank sign above an automated teller machine in Karlskrona.
Swedbank sign above an automated teller machine in Karlskrona.
The Swedbank logo (1997—2006). FöreningsSparbanken was created in 1997 through a merger between Sparbanken and Föreningsbanken. The unusual corporate name and logo were compromises of the merger of two different corporate cultures.
The Swedbank logo (1997—2006). FöreningsSparbanken was created in 1997 through a merger between Sparbanken and Föreningsbanken. The unusual corporate name and logo were compromises of the merger of two different corporate cultures.

Swedbank has 7.25 million retail customers and 544,000 corporate customers in Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.[7] The group has 252 branches in Sweden and in the Baltic countries.[7] It also maintains a presence in Copenhagen, Helsinki, New York City, Oslo, Shanghai and Johannesbourg.

Swedbank has close cooperation with about 60 local, but still independent, savings banks who chose not to join during the 1992 merger. These banks use FSB logos and customers have the same access to independent banks and branches belonging to FSB. Two relatively large independent savings banks, including the one in Skåne, have chosen not to cooperate with Swedbank and continue to use the logo used by Sparbanken before the merger with Föreningsbanken.

Together with the independent savings banks, Swedbank has branches all over Sweden. The bank has more than 15,000 employees across its operations in Sweden and abroad.[7] Jens Henriksson is president and CEO, while former Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson is chairman.

Market position

Swedbank is one of the primary banks in Sweden, together with Nordea, Handelsbanken, and SEB. In 2001, a deal to merge Swedbank (then FSB) with SEB failed as the European Commission thought that the merged company would have had too dominant a position in the Swedish banking market. Today, Swedbank has 4 million private customers in Sweden.

Money laundering

On 20 February 2019 Swedish broadcaster SVT revealed that Swedbank is under investigation for alleged link in money laundering scandal by Estonian authorities due to suspicious transactions through Danske Bank which is being investigated in Denmark, Estonia, Britain, France and the United States. Estonian authorities confirmed findings by SVT.[8] At least 40 billion Swedish crowns (£3.3 billion) had been transferred between accounts at Swedbank and Danske in the Baltics between 2007 and 2015, SVT's Uppdrag Granskning investigative programme reported.[9] Chief executive Birgitte Bonnesen was fired in March 2019 during the money laundering scandal[5] and her severance pay was cancelled. The bank's chairman Lars Idermark resigned the following month. Swedbank was subsequently fined a record SKr4bn ($380m) by Swedish and Estonian regulators.[10]

On 4 January 2022, Swedish prosecutors indicted Bonnesen. A statement from the Swedish Economic Crime Authority said: ”The former CEO deliberately or recklessly, to the public and the bank’s stakeholders, disseminated misleading information about the bank’s efforts to stop, discover, preempt and report suspicious money-laundering in Swedbank’s operations in Estonia."[11]

Patron of the University of Latvia

Swedbank is a gold patron of the University of Latvia Foundation. Cooperation and support has been received from Swedbank since 2005 to promote the development of education in Latvia by donating to student events and activities. Major projects - Open Mind Research Fellowships 2007/2008. and 2008/2009. as well as annual support for the LU student festival "Aristotelis".[12]

References

  1. ^ http://www.nasdaqomxnordic.com/aktier/microsite?Instrument=SSE120[bare URL]
  2. ^ "Swedbank AB 2021 Annual and Sustainability Report". Swedbank AB. Retrieved 26 April 2022.
  3. ^ "Hur uttalar ni Sweddbank?". FamiljeLiv.se (in Swedish). 3 August 2008. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Company Profile for Swedbank AB (SWEDA)". Bloomberg. Retrieved 1 November 2012.
  5. ^ a b Swedbank chief sacked amid money laundering scandal Guardian 28.3.2019
  6. ^ "45,000 sq m HQ opens in Stockholm". World Architecture News. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  7. ^ a b c "Quick facts | Swedbank". www.swedbank.com.
  8. ^ "Estonia investigates alleged Swedbank link to money laundering scandal". Reuters. 20 February 2019 – via www.reuters.com.
  9. ^ CNBC (20 February 2019). "Swedbank linked to Baltic money laundering scandal, Swedish TV says". www.cnbc.com. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  10. ^ "Swedbank failings on €37bn of transactions revealed in report". Financial Times. 23 March 2020. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  11. ^ Westerberg, Ola. "Swedbank ex-CEO Indicted for Financial Crimes". www.occrp.org. Retrieved 4 January 2022.
  12. ^ "AS "Swedbank"".

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