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Global presence

Since Barclaycard was founded in the UK in 1966, we've developed a strong international presence and are now established across Europe, North America, Asia and Africa. With 10,400 colleagues across 20 countries.

Every one of our 21.6 million customers around the world benefits from cutting edge solutions that simplify how they make and accept payments. All are secure, convenient and flexible, and designed to meet their specific needs.

Below are just a few of the areas we operate in:

The United Kingdom

We're a leading credit card issuer in the UK, and are constantly developing innovative and simpler payment solutions for our 11.1 million business and personal customers.

Read more about Barclaycard in the UK

South Africa

In 2005, Barclays became a majority shareholder in Absa Group Ltd. This full service banking group includes Absa Card, the leading card issuer and acquirer in South Africa.

More on our presence in South Africa

The United States

We became established in the USA with the acquisition of Juniper Financial Corporation in 2004. Our partnerships with several household brands offer customers credit cards with great discounts, rewards and flexibility.

More on our presence in the USA


Our first branch outside the UK was opened in Germany in 1991. Since then, we've become the second largest card issuer in Germany, offering eight credit cards, several partnership cards and loans and savings accounts.

More on our presence in Germany

Nordic region

Barclays Bank partnered with Swedbank, the leading bank in the Swedish and Baltic region in 2005. This resulted in the formation of EnterCard, which handles over 2 million credit cards in the Nordic region.

More on our presence in the Nordic region

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