Payment Card Year Books

Lithuania 2019/2020

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Payment Organisation


Domestic Card Brand

None. Domestic cards were phased-out 2009.

Market Structure

The Lithuanian card market has a competitive, decentralised, infrastructure composed of seven major issuers, six major acquirers, card processors, three ATM networks and six major POS networks.

The number of bank cards issued grew from 214,000 at end-1999 to 4.3 million by end-2008, since then the number has fallen back to 3.23 million in 2018.

Debit cards dominate, accounting for 88.08% of cards at end-2018.

As in the other Baltic states, the Swedish banks SEB and Swedbank are key players in the Lithuanian bank market.

In 2015, Lithuania became the 19th member of the euro system.

The Bank of Lithuania has been active in re-shaping the country's regulatory framework to create an EU friendly environment for start-ups wishing to take advantage of EU passporting rights.

Emerging Open Banking ecosystem. Improving AML capabilities.

Notable Market Trends

Contactless rollout of cards and POS terminals, mobile banking apps.

Statistical Key Figures for 2018 provided in this profile:

UPDATED: tables with card business data 2014-2018; growth rates: Y-o-Y, CAGR
Population, Cards per Capita, Card Value per Capita
Debit Cards, Credit/Delayed Debit Cards, Total Cards
Card payments by number and by value, ATV per card, payments per card/year
ATMs, POS terminals, ATMs/POS terminals per 1 million capita
ATM withdrawals by number/by value, ATV per withdrawal, TXs per ATM/month
POS payments by number/by value, ATV per POS payment, TXs per POS/month
Internet Use, e-payment mix, B2C e-Commerce by value and growth rate
Issued Card brands by individual major issuer bank
Accepted card brands by individual major acquirer
Drill down into the debit card use and credit cards use details

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1.1 last updated 13th January 2020