The Danske Bank group operates a number of local banks around the Nordic Region as well as across Ireland. In 2018 April Danske Bank Bank announced that it would leave the Lithuanian banking market.
In 2014, The Estonian Financial Supervision Authority found «large-scale, long-lasting systemic violations of anti-money laundering rules» in the Estonian branch of Danske Bank and notified the Danish authorities on the findings. According to the Estonian Financial Supervision Authority, the activities decreased after they requested the bank to target the violations. In November, Danish prosecutors filed four preliminary charges against the bank. In February 2019, the Estonian Financial Supervisory Authority ordered the bank to cease its operations in the country within 8 months. During the past years, Danske Bank has employed more than 2,300 employees in Lithuania. Danske Bank, formerly Sampo Bank, is Danske Bank’s Finnish operations.
Sampo Bank was acquired by the Danske Bank Group in 2007. Sampo Bank traces its origins back to 1887, Originally the Finnish state-owned Post and Savings Bank, which accepted deposits from the public at its post offices. In 1999, the state-owned bank was merged with Sampo PLC’s insurance business to form the Sampo Group. Danske Bank’s Northern Irish subsidiary was founded as the Northern Banking Partnership in Belfast in 1809. It became Northern Bank in 1970, after merging with the Belfast Banking Company. Northern Bank was one of the Big Four banks in Ireland. In 1988 the Republic of Ireland operation was renamed National Irish Bank Limited whilst Northern Bank Limited remained the name of the Northern Ireland operation.