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Sparkasse (pl: Sparkassen) are savings banks in German-speaking countries. All are managed locally, with state level co-operation and marketing managed by the state government controlled Landesbanken and national co-ordination and marketing of the Landesbanken and Sparkassen under the Deutsche Sparkassen und Giroverband (DSGV) and the Sparkassen Finanzgruppe. The majority are owned by local governments (from district to City or State).
There are six Sparkassen in Northern Germany which are independent of state ownership: Bordesholmer Sparkasse, Spar- und Leihkasse zu Bredstedt, Sparkasse zu Lübeck, Sparkasse Mittelholstein (Schleswig-Holstein); Sparkasse Bremen; Hamburger Sparkasse.
The total assets of the Sparkassen amount to about €1 trillion.
The 446 savings banks operate a network of over 16,000 branches and offices. They provide banking services to the whole population and employ around 261,000 staff.  They have a good record of investing wisely in local businesses. 
 HistoryThe first Sparkassen were founded 1778 in Hamburg, 1786 in Oldenburg, 1796 in Kiel, 1801 in Altona und 1808 in Darmstadt, 1817 in Lübeck, 1818 in Berlin and 1821 in Nürnberg. 1818 the Württembergische Spar-Casse was founded in Stuttgart. In the year 1836 there were 300 Sparkassen, 1860: approx. 1,200, 1913: approx. 3,100 Sparkassen.