Our history

Hans Christian Andersen (1805–1875), the famous Danish poet and fairy tale writer, was one of Nordea’s first customers.

“For nearly 200 years Nordea has made it possible for customers to fulfil their goals and dreams”

Nordea’s Nordic banking roots run deep and for almost 200 years we have been making it possible for our customers. Our family tree includes some 300 banks in the Nordic countries, founded from the 1820s onwards.

Through several mergers over the years, the number decreased until the 1990s, when there were the four major banks remaining from Sweden (Nordbanken), Finland (Merita Bank), Denmark (Unibank) and Norway (Christiania Bank og Kreditkasse), which came to form the new banking group Nordea in 2001.