These banks include Danske Bank, DNB, Handelsbanken, Nordea, OP Financial Group, SEB and Swedbank.
In a statement released by the banks today:
The Nordic payment markets are among the most advanced and well-functioning in the world delivering first-class services to individuals and corporates across the region. At the same time, and despite close ties between the countries, the current payment infrastructures are highly fragmented along national borders. A harmonization of the domestic infrastructures and the products offered would ease cross-border payments and foster further trade between the Nordic countries, stimulating growth and employment.
This is not the first time the Nordic banks have rallied together to create a unified payment ecosystem. Last year, a bunch of Nordic banks merged their mobile payments into Vipps. In addition to Vipps, DNB, banking group Eika, Sparebank 1 Gruppen and others said they would also merge their debit card service into BankAxept and their online authentication services into BankID.