Erste Group was founded in 1819 as the first Austrian savings bank (“Erste oesterreichische Spar-Casse”). In 1997, Erste Group went public with a strategy to expand its retail business into Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Since then Erste Group's customer base has grown through numerous acquisitions and organic growth from 600,000 to around 17 million. 95% of all clients are citizens of the European Union.
But Erste Group isn‘t just one of the leading financial services providers in Central and Eastern Europe. We are also a major employer, providing interesting jobs for over 50,000 employees in more than 3,200 branches and offices in 8 countries. Click on the countries below to get an overview of our strengths in our markets.