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Leading life insurance companies by gross written premiums market share in Italy 2017

In 2017, Poste Vita was the leading insurance company in the life insurance sector in Italy in terms of gross written premiums. Indeed, the company registered a market share of 17.5 percent. Second in the list came Intesa Sanpaolo, with a market share of 8.5 percent. Poste Vita’s gross written premiums peaked at over 20 billion euros in that year, before decreasing significantly in 2018, and rising again the next year.

Life insurance in Italy

The Italian life insurance sector is the third largest in Europe in terms of gross written premiums. In fact, the value of gross written premiums in Italy reached over one hundred billion euros in 2018. Only the United Kingdom and France recorded higher figures. In Italy, over 33 million individuals are covered by life insurance. Moreover, life insurance penetration in the country was equal to approximately 5.8 percent. Insurance penetration is defined as insurance premiums as a percentage of GDP and is deemed the standard measure to check the development of a country's insurance market.

Poste Vita

Born in 1999, Poste Vita is a subsidiary of Poste Italiane, the Italian postal service provider. Since then, Poste Vita has grown to become one of the leading insurance providers in Italy. In 2018, the company owned assets worth over 131 billion euros and reported a net profit of more than one billion euros, figure that grew nearly threefold since 2015. However, Poste Vita's net profit decreased significantly in 2019.

Leading five life insurance companies in Italy in 2017, by market share of gross written premiums

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February 2019



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