Aviva plc is the world's fifth-largest insurance group, the biggest insurance group in the UK and the second-largest insurance group in Canada. Worldwide, it trails behind AXA, Allianz, ING and Fortis. It is one of the leading providers of life and pensions products in Europe and has a presence in 25 countries worldwide, notably France and The Netherlands. The company was formerly called CGNU, and 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. The company still uses the Norwich Union name within the United Kingdom.
Its main activities are long-term savings, fund management and general insurance. It has around £332 billion of assets under management. Aviva plc is the holding company of the Aviva group of companies, which carries out life assurance and long-term savings business, fund management and all classes of general insurance. It also invests in securities, properties, mortgages and loans, and trades in property.