3. What does SWIFT code represent?
SWIFT works by assigning each member institution a unique ID code that identifies the bank name, country, city, and branch.
For example DNBC Financial Group BIC code is: DSFE LT 21 XXX
Here's an example BIC code: DEUTDEFFXXX. Let's break it down:
Bank code: DEUT - This represents the bank. In this case, it's Deutsche Bank. Country code: DE - This is the ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 country code representing the country where the bank is located. In this example, it is Germany.
Location code: FF - This code defines the location (city) of the bank's head office. Here, it is Frankfurt. Branch code (optional): XXX - This part is optional and used to identify a specific branch of the bank. In this example, the 'XXX' indicates that the code refers to the bank's head office.
So, the example BIC code DEUTDEFFXXX represents Deutsche Bank's head office in Frankfurt, Germany.