Pohjola Pankki Oyj: OP-Pohjola to contribute more than one million euros to construction of new children's hospital

 Pohjola Pankki Oyj: OP-Pohjola to contribute more than one million euros to
                   construction of new children's hospital

Press release, 8 October 2013

OP-Pohjola Group has entered into a partnership with the support association
for the New Children's Hospital.Along with this agreement, OP-Pohjola will
contribute one million euros towards the construction of the New Children's
Hospital.The amount of this contribution will be increased through various
actions together with personnel, customers and other stakeholder groups as
well as the support association until 2017.

- We are so happy about being able to make our contribution to such a unique
project. This is a major national project that supports OP-Pohjola's mission
and core values in a wonderful way. We have been involved in building Finnish
society and supporting wellbeing and security for over 100 years now, says
Carina Geber-Teir, Chief Communications Officer of OP-Pohjola.

Based on a decision taken by OP-Pohjola Central Cooperative's Supervisory
Board, OP-Pohjola will become a founding donor of the New Children's hospital.
- We want to show great respect to those who do their incomparably precious
work among children and young people on a daily basis.
- The New Children's Hospital will be a great testimony to the power of
cooperation. We are challenging all and every to contribute to the project.
Everyone's contribution is important, says Geber-Teir.

OP-Pohjola has undertaken to be involved in the construction project as long
as it comes to an end.
- In addition to our financial support, we will activate and encourage our
customers, employees and other stakeholder groups to contribute towards the
construction of the New Children's Hospital.

Anne Berner, Chairman of the New Children's Hospital 2017 support association,
is very happy about the cooperation with OP-Pohjola.
- The old clinic for children no longer serves its purpose in terms of
premises. We need a new children's hospital now. To reach this goal, we will
need to cooperate and join forces with private and public sector players.
OP-Pohjola sets a great example for the entire corporate sector. Although
times are tough, we can still do our bit and be involved in building a future.

- Our ambition is to announce in 2017 that building the New Children's
Hospital has been made possible by millions of people through their support
and determination. The financial support provided by OP-Pohjola and the
challenge uttered by OP-Pohjola give a large number of people and
organisations the opportunity to hear more about the project and contribute to

The support association for the New Children's Hospital 2017 project has the
aim of raising 30 million euros. These donations will enable the construction
in Helsinki of a new national top children's hospital unit focusing on special
healthcare. The aim is that half of the 30-million euros will be raised based
on donations from corporations.

Planning work for the hospital is in full swing and the actual construction
work should begin at the turn of 2014-2015. The aim is to complete the new
hospital by the Finnish Independence Day in 2017 when we celebrate our 100th
anniversary as an independent nation.

For more information, please contact:

Carina Geber-Teir, Chief Communications Officer, OP-Pohjola; requests for
calls should be made to: +358 (0)50 5239904
Anne Berner, Chairman, New Children's Hospital 2017 support association, tel.
+358 (0)400 468180
Tuula Colliander, Funding Manager, New Children's Hospital 2017 support
association, tel. +358 (0)40 5753626


OP-Pohjola Group is Finland's leading financial services group providing a
unique range of banking, investment and insurance services.The Group's mission
is to promote the sustainable prosperity, well-being and security of its
owner-members, customers and operating regions through its local presence.Its
objective is to offer the best and most versatile package of loyal customer
benefits on the market.OP-Pohjola Group consists of some 200 member
cooperative banks and the Group's central institution, OP-Pohjola Group
Central Cooperative, with its subsidiaries and closely-related companies, the
largest of which is the listed company Pohjola Bank plc.


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