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New times

In this era of globalization, there is a growing need for cross-border communication and logistics. Regions rather than countries are important to doing business. 

To meet these new challenges, the historic merger of Post Danmark A/S and Posten AB took place on June 24, 2009. As of May 2011, the Group is called PostNord AB.

For the first time, two national postal companies have formed a joint Group. With a total of nearly 800 years of industry experience and a strong presence locally, regionally, and globally, we have a solid foundation. With the Nordic region as our domestic market, PostNord will be the leading player in communications and logistics in northern Europe. 
 
Read more about today’s PostNord here at About us.

More about our history

Post farmers and mail carriers

Christian IV’s “Forordning om Post-Budde” (Mail Carrier Decree) was enacted in December 1624. Twelve years later the Swedish council of state approved the ”Förordning om Postbådhen” (Mail Carrier Ordinance). This was the beginning of formal postal services in both countries.

Cross border

Sweden established a permanent post office in Hamburg in 1620. Dutchman Leonard van Sorgen was assigned the task of arranging postal service from Sweden to Hamburg.

Stamps

Englishman Rowland Hill is usually credited with inventing flat-rate postage, which was introduced in 1840 and paved the way for the use of stamps.

Railways

The Danish postal service was quick to exploit the innovation of sending post by train. The first Danish railway line between Altona and Kiel opened in 1844.

By water

Initially, the many islands comprising the country of Denmark made it difficult to establish a reliable postal service to all areas. 

Automobiles

The New York Times reported in the summer of 1904 on a commission dispatched by the Danish government in Europe to investigate the usefulness of the automobile for short postal transports. 

By air

Sending mail by air is not particularly modern – the ancient Egyptians used carrier pigeons. The bird of peace was used for postal transport through the Second World War.