Danske Bank links with Nordic API Gateway for payment initiation

Open banking platform Nordic API Gateway has announced that it has extended its partnership with Danske Bank to enable customers to pay from other banks within its mobile banking app.

With more than 3 million personal banking customers across the Nordics, Danske Bank has experienced a rising customer trend as more have started banking with several banks over the past couple of years. 

As an addition to giving customers a full financial overview with account aggregation back in 2018 as the first Nordic bank to do so across Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway, Danske Bank is now taking their open banking strategy to the next level by implementing open banking payments, making it possible for their customers to transfer money frictionlessly between ​all their accounts in one place regardless of what bank they hold. 

Line Munkholm, Group Head of Digital Banking at Danske Bank, commented on the new feature: “In a fast-moving world that is headed towards more openness and transparency, our strategy is to support our customers with the best possible tools to handle their everyday finances. 

“We’ve been working closely with Nordic API Gateway since 2017 and we’re happy to continue developing the partnership, giving our customers a huge flexibility as they’re now able to make payments and transfers between their own accounts across several different banks. For us, it’s all about making it easier for customers to gain a full financial overview – no matter how many banks they have.” 

It is further expected that the payment initiation service will solve 90% of the current money transfer use cases that Danske Bank’s retail customers have today when transferring money. Head of Partnerships of Nordic API Gateway, Jonas Vogt Rasmussen, added: “It’s a bold and innovative move from Danske Bank integrating both account aggregation and payment initiation in their mobile banking app and it’s a clear testimony that shows how banks have moved the focus from compliance to opportunity when it comes to PSD2.

“Danske Bank is a truly forward-thinking financial institution that has leveraged open banking since day one to support new customer demands and stay ahead of the competition in the financial sector. With the launch of payment initiation, Danske Bank is even closer to becoming the preferred banking interface allowing their customers to manage their finances across banks in one place.”