Forbes World’s Best Banks

What is behind this award?

Forbes Media, in partnership with Statista Inc., is pleased to publish the Forbes 2020 list of The World’s Best Banks in its second edition. 

The World's Best Banks were selected based on an innovative methodology evaluating your organization's excellence. 65,000 customers across 23 countries were involved in the survey in which they identified banks they have opened checking or savings accounts with. Through these evaluations, the bank's score was based on three main aspects:

1. Customer Recommendations

2. Customer Satisfaction

3. Five Focused Criteria

All credit institutions offering checking and/or savings accounts were eligible to be considered for this recognition.

The final list recognizes the top 450 companies around the world based on over 3 million data points.

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For the first time, Forbes and Statista are honoring the World’s Best Banks by consumer opinion, recognizing the best banks in 23 different countries. The banks were chosen based on a global survey of more than 40,000 bank customers. In the US ratings from another 25,000 customers from the Best-In-State Banks survey were included.

All credit institutions (e.g. brick-and-mortar-banks, online-only banks, mutuals, cooperatives) offering checking and/or savings accounts were considered in the study. Credit unions in the US do not classify as a bank and therefore have been excluded. Banks from the following 23 countries have been evaluated:


  • Australia
  • India
  • Russia
  • Austria
  • Indonesia
  • South Africa
  • Belgium
  • Israel
  • South Korea
  • Brazil
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Canada
  • Japan
  • Switzerland
  • China
  • Mexico
  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • Netherlands
  • USA
  • Germany
  • Poland


The survey was administered using an online access panel. Participants were asked to identify all banks where they have opened checking or savings accounts. They had to evaluate banks regarding general satisfaction, their willingness to recommend the bank to friends and family as well as the five criteria:

  • Trust
  • Terms & Conditions
  • Customer Services
  • Digital Services
  • Financial Advice


For each criterion a detailed battery of questions was asked. In total the survey took an average of 10 minutes to complete and the field period ran in November 2019.

In each country the banks with the highest scores have been honored. The number of recognized banks for each country varies between 5 and 75 (depending on the amount of evaluations collected, the number of active banks in the specific country and the scores achieved). In total, 450 banks across 23 countries were awarded by consumers as the World’s Best Banks.

The detailed methodology can be found here.