OP Financial Group
|Reijo Karhinen (managing director)|
|Revenue||US$ 3.23 billion (2013)|
|US$ 893.8 million (2013)|
Number of employees
|12'587 (2013 average)|
|Subsidiaries||OP Bank Group Central Co-operative, Pohjola Bank, Helsingin OP Pankki, OP-Kotipankki|
OP Financial Group is one of the largest financial companies in Finland. It consists of 180 cooperative banks and their central organization. The financial group has over 1.4 million customer-owners. The group offers retail and commercial banking services all over Finland as well as insurance services.
In 2014 the group acquired the rest of Pohjola Bank shares and consolidated its services under OP-brand. Therefore OP-Pohjola shortened its name OP.
The company’s predecessor was founded in 1891 when the fire insurance company Palovakuutus-Osakeyhtiö Pohjola commenced its operations. Pohjola Bank was listed in Helsinki Stock Exchange in 1922 being the one of the first companies to be listed in Helsinki.
The first local cooperative credit societies was founded in 1902 after it received a large loan from the Finnish state. The central organization for cooperatives was founded in 1928 as ideological organization between local branches. Since the business environment has changed and banking regulation has tightened, the central organization has increased its influence on local banks significantly.
In 2005 the central organization of OP Financial Group becomes a major shareholder of Pohjola Bank which make the group the largest financial service group in Finland. Rest of the shares were acquired in 2014.
In 2014 OP announced plan to expand to the health and wellbeing market. It already operates one hospital in Helsinki-region but is poised to open new ones in near future under the Pohjola brand which is no longer in use in banking.
- OP Financial Group in brief Retrieved on 10 January 2015
- https://www.op.fi/op/op-pohjola-group/media?cid=-66107&kielikoodi=en&srcpl=3 Retrieved on 10 January 2015
- OP's History Retrieved on 11 January 2015
- OP to build a new hospital network in Finland under the Pohjola brand Retrieved on 10 January 2015
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