Tip: Activate javascript to be able to use all functions of our website

History of KfW

70 Jahre KfW Signet

The development of KfW Group has been closely connected to the economic development of the Federal Republic of Germany. Since its founding in 1948 and according to its statutory mission, KfW has been supporting change and encouraging forward-looking ideas - in Germany, Europe and throughout the world. For this purpose it has provided more than one trillion euros in loans over seven decades.

KfW by decade

KfW looks back on 70 years full of events and further development.

Click to find out what KfW got up to in each decade.

KfW issues

From the outset, KfW has focussed on issues such as SME support, export promotion, environmental protection and development assistance.

Click to see how KfW’s priorities have changed over time.


Historical Group Archive

KfW treasures its past. All archive materials are housed in the Historical Group Archive in Berlin.

Click for more information about the Historical Group Archive.


KfW Group


Branch Berlin

Charlottenstraße 33/33a

10117 Berlin