We really are different from other banks
Founded in 1819. Unique ever since.
Erste Group has a strong, unique identity. And it is based on one simple concept:
Here, you are not just in the business of banking. You are in the business ofhelping people lead better money lives.
That was the mission of our founding fathers, when they created this bank to fight poverty some 200 years ago. And it is the mission of our banking group today.
We were also the first to pursue this mission in Central and Eastern Europe, helping ordinary people in the region toreach greater prosperity and financial independence, one small step at a time.
Creating and sharing wealth are concepts that we first created. And we still uphold them, in our name: Erste, meaning “first”.
What makes Erste Group great?
Erste opened its doors some 200 years ago and hasn’t closed them since. By following our roots we became a leading financial corporation in Central and Eastern Europe, serving 17 million customers.
More than 190 years in 4 minutes – watch this short movie to learn more about the history of Erste Group.