Aviva plc (LSE: AV., NYSE: AV) is a global insurance company headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It is the sixth largest insurance company in the world measured by net premium income and has 53 million customers in 28 countries. It is the market leader in both general insurance and life and pensions in the UK and has major businesses in Continental Europe, North America and Asia.
Its primary listing is on the London Stock Exchange and it is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. It has a secondary listing on the New York Stock Exchange.
Aviva can trace its history back to the formation of the Norwich Union by Thomas Bignold in 1797 and the Commercial Union in 1861.
It was created by a merger of Norwich Union and CGU plc (itself created by the 1998 merger of Commercial Union and General Accident) in 2000. The Aviva name was adopted in July 2002.