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Roskilde Bank was founded in 1884 and in 1996 merged with Ringsted Sparekasse. On the 24 August 2008 was acquired by National Bank after running into financial trouble due to the decline of the Danish property market. The Bank is formally listed on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange, but trading has been suspended. The Bank had approximately 32,000 shareholders. The Bank was, according to Finance Council statement Denmark's 10th largest bank.
Danish National Bank acquires Roskilde Bank
24 August 2008, the National Bank officially stated that, together with the Private Contingency for Settlement of needy banks, savings and cooperative boxes, had taken over the bank because it was insolvent and could not find a buyer. This was the first time since 1928 that the Danish National bank had taken over another bank.
The loss is assumed to be between £3-6 billion, but circulating allegations that the loss in the worst case could amount to 37 billion kroner. The 33000 shareholders also stand to lose their money.