CANCELLATION OF SAMPO PLC'S A SHARES

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SAMPO PLC         STOCK EXCHANGE RELEASE           7 May 2008 at 12.10 pm 

CANCELLATION OF SAMPO PLC'S A SHARES  
                                          
The Board of Sampo plc has today decided to cancel 6,715,000 Sampo A shares     
repurchased during 2007 and January-March 2008. The cancellation reduces the    
number of Sampo A shares with the corresponding amount but has no effect on the 
share capital.                                                                  

Once the cancellation is entered into the trade register, the number of Sampo   
plc's A shares totals 570,615,890. Total number of shares of the company,       
including 1,200,000 B shares, is 571,815,890 shares.                            


SAMPO PLC                                                                       

Jarmo Salonen                                                                   
Head of Investor Relations and Group Communications                             
phone +358 10 516 0030                                                          

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