OP Financial Group

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OP Financial Group
TypePrivate (cooperative bank)
IndustryFinancial services
HeadquartersHelsinki, Finland
Area served
Finland
Key people
Timo Ritakallio (President and Group Executive Chairman)
ProductsBanking, Insurance
RevenueIncrease €3.115 billion (2017)[1]
Decrease €1.077 billion (2017)[1]
Decrease €764 million (2017)[1]
Total assetsIncrease €137.242 billion (31 December 2017)[1]
Total equityIncrease €11.121 billion (31 December 2017)[1]
Number of employees
12,269 (31 December 2017)[1]
SubsidiariesOP Bank Group Central Co-operative, OP Corporate Bank, Pohjola Bank, Helsingin OP Pankki, OP-Kotipankki
Websitewww.op.fi
Former OP-Pohjola Group headquarters in Niemenmäki, Helsinki

OP Financial Group is one of the largest financial companies in Finland. It consists of 180 cooperative banks and their central organization. “OP” stands for “osuuspankki” in Finnish, literally meaning “cooperative bank”. The financial group has over 2 million customer-owners,[2] offering retail and commercial banking services all over Finland, as well as insurance services.[3]

In 2014 the group acquired the remainder of the shares of Pohjola Bank and consolidated its services under the OP brand, shortening its name to OP from OP-Pohjola, a name it had used since 2007.[4]

OP's current headquarters are located in Vallila, Helsinki, and opened in 2015.

History[edit]

The company's predecessor was founded in 1891 when the fire insurance company Palovakuutus-Osakeyhtiö Pohjola commenced its operations. Pohjola Bank was listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange in 1922, being one of the first companies to be listed in Helsinki.

The first local cooperative credit societies were founded in 1902 and received a large loan from the Finnish state the next year. The central organization for cooperatives was founded in 1928 as an ideological organization between local branches. As 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 became a major shareholder of Pohjola Bank, which made the group the largest financial services group in Finland. The remainder of the shares were acquired in 2014.[5]

Healthcare[edit]

In 2014 OP announced plans to expand into the health and wellbeing market. It already operates one hospital in the Helsinki region but plans to open new ones in the near future under the Pohjola brand, which is no longer in use in banking.[6]

OP Corporate Bank[edit]

OP Corporate Bank Plc is the most significant subsidiary of OP Financial Group.[7]

OP Corporate Bank's customers are large companies in Finland. It is responsible for the Baltic business, operating as a bank for large companies and conducting financial services in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.[7] In addition, OP Corporate Bank offers financial services in internationalization. OP Corporate Bank also acts as the OP Financial Group's central bank.[7]

Katja Keitaanniemi has been the President and CEO of OP Corporate Bank since 2018.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "OP Ryhmän toimintakertomus ja tilinpäätös 2017" [OP Financial Group 's Report by the Board of Directors and Financial Statements 2017] (PDF). OP Financial Group (in Finnish). 2017. Retrieved 2 March 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ "OP Financial Group in brief". Retrieved 30 July 2021.
  3. ^ OP Financial Group in brief Retrieved on 10 January 2015
  4. ^ https://www.op.fi/op/op-pohjola-group/media?cid=-66107&kielikoodi=en&srcpl=3
  5. ^ OP's History Retrieved on 11 January 2015
  6. ^ OP to build a new hospital network in Finland under the Pohjola brand Retrieved on 10 January 2015
  7. ^ a b c "Structure of OP Financial Group and OP Corporate Bank Group - Corporate governance (OP Corporate Bank PLC)".
  8. ^ "President and CEO - Corporate governance (OP Corporate Bank PLC)".