Banco Santander, known as just Santander, is a Spanish banking company based in the city of Santander (Cantabria), whose first financial activities date from May 15, 1857. Retail banking, which contributes almost 70% of the profit, is the bank’s main business area.
As of December 31, 2017, Banco Santander’s assets amounted to 1,444,305 million euros, making it the leading Spanish financial institution by volume of assets. As of the same date, it had 13,697 offices, 202,251 employees, and 133 million customers.
As of June 31, 2017, it was the 18th largest bank in the world by asset volume.