Sparebank 1 Ostfold Akershus (the Bank), formerly Rygge-Vaaler Sparebank, is a Norway-based regional bank operating in the eastern and southern part of Norway. It offers banking products and services, as well as financial services to retail customers and small and medium-sized businesses in the Bank's core geographical market. The Bankâ€™s products and services include loans, mortgage, insurance, credit cards, pension funds, a range of banking accounts, commercial leasing and payment services, among others. The Bank has branches in such municipalities, as Askim, Fredrikstad, Frogn, Halden, Moss, Rygge, Rade, Sarpsborg, Vestby and Valer. As of December 31, 2011, the Bank had four wholly owned subsidiaries: Nekor Gardselskap AS, EiendomsMegler 1 Ostfold og Akershus AS, Uden Holding Ltd and EiendomsMegler 1 Sarpsborg AS, as well as the 51%-owned EiendomsMegler 1 Ostfold AS. The Bank is a member of the SpareBank1 bank alliance, which comprises 15 independent Norwegian banks.