Handelsbanken has repurchased over 12.6 million shares to date

On 14 April 2000, the Annual General Meeting and Board of Svenska Handelsbanken decided to repurchase 50 million of the Bank's class A and/or class B ordinary shares during the period until the next Annual General Meeting in 2001. The acquisitions are to be carried out on the OM Stockholm Exchange at the market price prevailing at the time of acquisition, and for a maximum of SEK 4 billion.

For further information please contact: <br> <br>Sven Grevelius, Head of Accounting and Control, <br>tel +46 8-22 92 20, e-mail: svgr01@handelsbanken.se <br> <br>Bengt Ragnå, Head of Investor Relations, <br>tel +46 8-701 12 16, e-mail: bera02@handelsbanken.se <br>