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, the Dutch financial services giant, plans to repay the Dutch government 5.61 billion euros ($8.26 billion) on Dec. 21.

The total repayment includes a principal amount of 5 billion euros, plus interest of 259 million euros and a prepayment premium of 347 million.

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ING received 10 billion euros from the Dutch government last year to help it weather the financial crisis. ING launched a rights issue in November of 7.5 billion euros to repay the aid ahead of schedule.

ING said it would begin working on paying the remaining aid it received.

-- Reported by Joseph Woelfel in New York.

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