Banking in Estonia has been made as simple as possible with the incorporation of electronic systems – almost all services are offered digitally via internet banking, residents who own an ID card can even sign contracts online.
- Secure online transactions
- User-friendly online account management
- Easy tax reporting
- Access to online payment service providers
Local financial stability
The Estonian Central Bank, Eesti Pank, has assessed the risks to financial stability in Estonia as low. Furthermore, the parent banks of those operating in Estonia have borrowed funds on better terms than other big banks in Europe and for example the Swedish financial authorities have strengthened the liquidity requirements, increasing the financial stability of its banks. The Estonian government’s transparent policies and strong links to Scandinavian banks make the financial system stable and reliable.
Opening bank accounts in Estonia
The Estonian commercial banking sector is divided between the four biggest banks, all with foreign capital – Swedbank, SEB Bank, Nordea Bank Finland PLC Estonia Branch and Danske Bank Estonia Branch. In total there are seven registered banks and eleven branches of foreign credit institutions.
It is relatively easy to open an account at a commercial bank, specific requirements vary but usually a personal ID and for companies, a copy of the business register entry card are required.
Many banks also have special offers available for corporate clients, such as discounted or free bank transfers and payments within Estonia or the bank, debit cards with credit card properties at preferential rates, special insurance offers, mobile banking and additional features within the online banking system to name a few. Special packages are available for new businesses, which offer additional benefits.
Both short- and long-term loans are also available for corporate clients. The interest rates are dependent on the personal contributions and depending on the bank, often also for example on the Euribor rates.
Single Euro Payment Area
Banks offer the possibility of holding funds in different currencies in the same account, which makes banking simple for both domestic and foreign businesses. As Estonia is a member of the Eurozone all Euro payments have been simplified from February 1st 2014. The Single Euro Payment Area (SEPA) means that in 34 countries national Euro credit transfers and direct debit schemes are replaced by SEPA instruments. This means that Euro payments across Europe are quick, safe and easy.