Norway

Sweden, Norway and Israel Explore Interlinking CBDC Systems for International Payments

Sveriges Riksbank, Norges Bank, Bank of Israel, and the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) are launching Project Icebreaker to explore how central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) can be used for international retail and remittance payments. The project aims to develop

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Norway, Iceland Join Consortium to Develop Payments Pilot for EU Digital ID Wallet

The Nordic-Baltic eID Project (NOBID) is leading a consortium of six countries—Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Latvia and Norway—to deliver a cross-border payments pilot aligned with the aims of the European Commission’s EU digital identity wallet program. The consortium’s proposal to

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Axo Announces Acquisition of Defero

Axo, a distributor of personal finance products in the Nordic region and portfolio company of Corsair, a private equity firm targeting payments, software and business services investments in the financial services sector, announced that it has acquired Defero Defero is

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Swedish Fintech Zimpler Enters Norway as Part of Their International Expansion

Zimpler, a fintech company born in Sweden, announced today that it has gone live in Norway. Following Sweden, Finland, Germany, Estonia, The Netherlands, Latvia and Lithuania, Norway becomes the eighth market to offer Zimpler’s account-to-account payments solutions. The first merchant

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Signicat Acquires Sphonic

Norway’s Signicat, a leading provider of digital identity and electronic signature solutions, is acquiring all shares in the UK-headquartered anti-fraud company Sphonic for an undisclosed sum. Existing management shareholders will reinvest a substantial part of the consideration into Signicat. Signicat

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Tink Expands Open Banking Payments Services to Finland and Norway

Tink, Europe’s leading open banking platform, has announced the expansion of its open banking payments services to five new markets across Europe. Its Payment Initiation Services (PIS) product is now live in the Netherlands, Norway, Estonia, Finland and Latvia. Tink

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Payment Firms Dominate Mastercard’s Lighthouse FINITIV 2022 Programme

Five payment acceptance startups were among the 15 selected to meet Mastercard in the Lighthouse FINITIV programme. Since its launch in 2018, Lighthouse FINITIV has created a forum for selected startups to enter partnership discussions with Mastercard and its largest

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The Biggest Fintech Funding Rounds of 2021 in the Nordics

The fintech industry in the Nordic region, which comprises Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, saw strong funding growth in 2021 with record deal amounts. Out of the ten biggest funding rounds announced this year, Sweden leads the chart with

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In Europe, Nordic Countries Have the Most Advanced Open Banking Ecosystems

In Europe, the Nordic countries of Sweden, Denmark and Norway have the most advanced open banking ecosystems. Trailblazing regional regulatory regimes, highly developed digital infrastructures, and a pan-Nordic collaborative approach have enabled these countries to take the lead over the

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FSS Taps Norway’s Payment Firm Zwipe to Offer Biometrics Payment Cards Globally

Financial Software and Systems (FSS), a global provider of integrated payment products and a payment processor, is partnering with Zwipe, a Norway-based paymets fintech, to bring biometrics payment cards to issuers globally. Both entities will collaborate closely, offering greater value

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