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Íslandsbanki is an Icelandic bank with roots tracing back to 1884, formerly being the domestic part of Glitnir banki hf., but on 15 October 2008 being split from the bankrupt Glitnir and reestablished into a new independent bank. The sole operations of the bank is to manage a branch network in Iceland, with a 20%-40% market share across all domestic franchise areas. As of 2017, the bank has 14 branches around Iceland. The bank is fully owned by the Icelandic State Treasury.

Íslandsbanki hf.
PredecessorGlitnir banki hf.
Founded15 October 2008
(history traces back to 1884)
HeadquartersReykjavík, Iceland
Area served
Key people
Birna Einarsdóttir
Fridrik Sophusson
ProductsConsumer banking, corporate banking, mortgage loans, private banking, private equity, wealth management, credit cards,
RevenueDecrease ISK 44.189 billion (2017)[1]
Increase ISK 14.802 billion (2017)[1]
Decrease ISK 13.226 billion (2017)[1]
Total assetsDecrease ISK 1.036 trillion (2017)[1]
Total equityIncrease ISK 181.045 billion (2017)[1]
Owner100% Icelandic State Treasury [2]
Number of employees
861 (End of 2017)[1]

First ÍslandsbankiEdit

Íslandsbanki was originally created in 1990 through the merger of Alþýðubanki (Union Bank), Verzlunarbanki (Bank of Commerce) and Iðnaðarbanki (Industrial Bank). After its 2000 merger with FBA Icelandic Investment Bank, the bank was briefly renamed Íslandsbanki-FBA, but "FBA" was dropped from the name in 2002. In 2006, the bank again rebranded itself as Glitnir.

Second ÍslandsbankiEdit

The bank was re-established on 15 October 2008 under the name Nýi Glitnir ("New Glitnir") to take over the Icelandic operations of Glitnir banki hf.[3] The name was changed back to Íslandsbanki on 20 February 2009.[4] The name Glitnir was deemed to be unreliable after the financial collapse, and a new logo was designed based on the old Glitnir and Íslandsbanki logos.[5]

By the end of 2017, the bank had 861 full-time employees and a total amount of assets worth ISK 1.036 trillion, and its operations were divided into six business segments: Retail Banking, Corporate Banking, Markets, Wealth Management, Treasury and Subsidiaries & Equity Investments. The Bank has a 20–40% market share across all domestic franchise areas, and operates an efficient branch network in Iceland. It is entirely owned by the Icelandic State Treasury.

The directors, executives, and auditors of four Icelandic banks: Kaupthing Bank, Landsbanki, Glitnir/Íslandsbanki, and the Central Bank of Iceland, were awarded the satirical Ig Nobel Prize in Economics in 2009 for demonstrating that tiny banks can be rapidly transformed into huge banks, and vice versa and for demonstrating that similar things can be done to an entire national economy.[6][7][8]

The current CEO is Birna Einarsdóttir.


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Annual Consolidated Statements 2017". Reykjavík: Íslandsbanki. 14 February 2018. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  2. ^ Ownership. "Organisational structure",, Reykjavík, 14 February 2018. Retrieved on 14 February 2018.
  3. ^ Financial Supervisory Authority (FME) (14 October 2008). "Decision of the Financial Supervisory Authority (FME) on the disposal of assets and liabilities of Glitnir Bank hf., ID no. 550500-3530, to New Glitnir Bank hf., ID no. 491008-0160". Retrieved 2008-10-16.
  4. ^ Glitnir Becomes Íslandsbanki – Bank of Iceland Iceland Review Online, December 18, 2008
  5. ^ Íslandsbanki is back! Íslandsbanki, February 20, 2009
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  8. ^ List of Ig Nobel Prize winners#2009