Branch numbers of Banco Santander globally 2012-2018

The number of bank branches for the Banco Santander Group fluctuated globally between 2012 and 2018. The Spanish bank employs over 200 thousand staff and has a customer base that grew by eleven million between 2017 and 2018. As of the end of 2018, there were almost 4.4 thousand Banco Santander branches in Spain. Despite Spain having the largest number of Santander branches in Europe, the UK boasted having more customers, second only to Brazil on a global scale.

Santander focuses its operations

Compared to other leading European banks, the Banco Santander Group operates in far less countries globally. In 2018, the French bank BNP Paribas operated in more than four times as many countries worldwide than Banco Santander. In fact, the Spanish bank operates in less countries than any of the other top ten leading European banks.

Bank branches continue to fall in Europe

With the rise in online banking, and the need from customers for physical stores lessening, it may come as no surprise that the number of bank branches in Europe in operation has fallen annually between 2007 and 2017.

Total number of Banco Santander branches worldwide from 2012 to 2018

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Release date

February 2019



Survey time period

2012 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Data for earlier years published in annual reports by the same source.

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