Note 1 Accounting principles

Note 1 Accounting principles

The parent company essentially applies the same accounting principles as the group does, and thus applies RFR 2, Reporting of Legal Entities. The differences between the parent company’s and the group’s accounting principles result from the parent company’s limitations in applying International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as a consequence of the Swedish Annual Accounts Act and the Law on Safeguarding of Pension Commitments, and are to some extent also based on tax considerations.

Participations in subsidiaries, associated companies and joint ventures

Participations in subsidiaries, associated companies and joint ventures are reported in the parent company using the acquisition cost method.


Dividends from subsidiaries, associated companies and joint ventures are reported as income when the right to receive such dividend is established.

Anticipated dividends from subsidiaries are reported in cases where the parent company has the exclusive right to determine the size of the dividend and has made a decision on the size of the dividend prior to publication of the parent company’s financial statements.

If the carrying amount of the parent company’s holding in the subsidiary, associated company or joint venture exceeds the carrying amount reported in the financial statements, this is considered an indication of an impairment and an impairment test shall be performed.

Group contributions are reported as balance sheet appropriations.

Employee benefits

Pension commitments for civil servants covered by pension insurance plans are reported in the parent company as defined contribution plans. Other pension costs are included under operating profit.

Financial guarantees

The parent company’s financial guarantees consist mainly of guarantees for the benefit of subsidiaries and joint ventures. Financial guarantees entail the company pledging to compensate the owner of a debt instrument for losses incurred in the event a debtor does not complete payment on the due date specified in the contract. To report financial guarantee agreements, the parent company applies RFR 2, which is somewhat more lenient than the rules in IAS 39 regarding financial guarantee contracts for the benefit of subsidiaries, associated companies and joint ventures. The parent company reports financial guarantee agreements as provisions on the balance sheet when PostNord has a commitment for which payment is likely to be required to settle the commitment.


The parent company reports untaxed reserves, including its deferred tax liability.

Segment reporting

The parent company’s business activities consist of a sole operation, group functions.