company_name = Postbanken
company_type = Division
foundation = 1948
key_people = Jarle Mortensen (CEO)
homepage = [http://www.postbanken.no www.postbanken.no]
Postbanken was founded in 1948 after major political battle as Norges Postsparebank with the goal to incurate to
savings, though the maximum amound allowed to be saved per person was set to NOK 10,000. In 1948 the bank had services provided at 3,600 post offices and post outlets. The first loans were often large and given to investments in rural areas. Up until 1999 the bank was owned by the Government of Norway, but then it was merged with Den norske Bank, now DnB NOR. In 2001 the Postal Giro System was bought by Bankenes Betalingssentraland the year after the two girosystems merged, making the 60 year old postgiro system history.
There has been raised criticism to the fact that though the bank no longer is state owned, it receives subsidies from the state owned Postal Service since they have greater costs running the bank service than they get from DnB NOR. The Postal Service has announced that it does not wish to renew the agreement with DnB NOR and stop offering banking services.
* [http://www.postbanken.no Postbanken web site] no icon
* [https://postbanken.no/oss/oss.view.overview.jhtml?area=oss&page=pbnoossomosshistorie&folderid=9802 History of Postbanken] no icon
* [http://www.dnbnor.com DnB NOR corporate web site]
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