How to open a bank account in Danske Bank A/S

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In 2007 SAMPO Bank was sold to Danske Bank. Since 15 November 2012 the name of the bank has been Danske Bank. October, 2018 Danske Bank is in dialogue with the US authorities regarding the Estonia case.


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    Bank's characteristics

    General information and rating

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    Global rating Countrywide rating Countrywide rating of the head bank Global rating of the head bank Credit rating
    Not rated Not rated 1 52 A-
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    Year of foundation 1992
    History Founded in 1992 and initially named Estonian Forexbank. In 1998, it merged with Estonian Investment Bank. In December 1998, the bank got the name of Optiva Bank. In 2000, Sampo Finance Ltd acquired shares in Optiva Bank and from 29 December 2000 the bank is officially named Sampo Pank. From 1 February 2007, Sampo Pank has been part of Danske Bank Group. From 1 June 2008, Sampo Pank has operated as a branch of Danske Bank. The new commercial name of the bank is Estonian Branch of Danske Bank A/S. But the trademark name is still Sampo Pank
    Personnel Personnel speak Russian and English languages
    Bank’s shareholders Approximately 330 000 shareholders. AP Moller-Maersk Gruppen, Copenhagen holds more than 22,3%; Fonden Realdania (Copenhagen holds) - 11,8%;
    Confidentiality Judicial Cooperation Agreement with Russia is signed; Double Taxation Agreement with Russia is signed

    Minimum requirements

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    Minimum balance, € Transactions permitted per month Initial deposit of funds, € Deadline for the initial deposit, month Minimum turnover, €/year
    0 No restrictions No restrictions
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    How fast payments are executed For ordinary and urgent international payments – one banking day after the international payment instruction is accepted for execution. For urgent international payments, the value date is the banking day on which the payment instruction is accepted for execution

    Tariffs and services

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    Outcoming transfer, € Incoming transfer, € Account maintenance, €/year Payment limit for credit cards, €/day Funds to be blocked for CC issue, €
    32 6 360 N/A N/A
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    Outcoming transfer, € Outgoing transfer – from 0 to 32 EUR (ordinary payment – 6,4 EUR; urgent payment – 12,8 EUR; extra urgent payment - 32 EUR)
    Incoming transfer, € Incoming transfer – from 0 to 6,5 EUR
    Account maintenance, €/year Personal account maintenance: no charge. Resident company account maintenance: no charge. Non-resident company account maintenance: 360 EUR per year. Individuals are not charged for opening an account. Account opening for a non-resident company is 200 EUR. Cash payments: 0,4% of the total amount (a minimum of 1,9 EUR)
    Distant access to the account Sampo Internet bank, Sampo telephone bank
    Financial products Universal banking products, including documentary payments and trade financing. The bank also has developed a private banking programme under which the client is offered various instruments for investments and savings
    Credit/debit cards MasterCard; Visa; Freestyle. Debit cards: monthly charge on MasterCard - 0,32 - 2 EUR; monthly charge on Visa - 0,32 - 2 EUR. Credit cards: MasterCard annual fee - 20 - 50 EUR. Freestyle interest rate - 21% per annum from the amount of drawdown limit
    Hold mail Sending a statement by mail: 0 - 5,11 EUR. Sending a statement via Sampo internet - bank: free of charge

    Account opening procedure

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    Days to open for incoming transfers Days to open for outcoming transfers References Business description Purpose of the account
    14 14 Not necessary Sketchy Current
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    Visit to the bank Before the account is opened, the bank officer needs to meet the potential client. The parties may agree to meet either in Estonia or representative office of the bank or with the bank officer travelling to the client’s country of residence
    Required Original and photocopy of constitutive documents of the company and international passport of director (or attorney)
    Types of accounts Personal; Corporate; Current
    Opening procedure and Due Diligence It is possible to open an account without visiting the country where the bank is located
    Chances to open an account Predictable
    Business description Reasonably detailed: the bank would like to have the information on the sources of funds, together with the business description.
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