We are bunq,

bank of The Free

We’re here to break free from the status quo, and create the bank with you in mind. Giving you the freedom to live life on your terms.

We've been a fully-fledged bank since 2014, getting our official banking licence from the Dutch Central Bank (DNB). Since then, we've been making lives easier for our users in 30 European countries.

We value progress


We revolutionize mobile banking - for you

You deserve the best. That’s why we’re building the Bank of The Free, together. Got an idea? Please share it with us on together.bunq.com!

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We value transparency


We have nothing to hide

Other banks hide their dirty business.

We don’t have any.

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We value freedom of choice


You decide what happens with your money

bunq is the only bank in the world where you decide what happens with your money. What's yours always stays yours. And we’ll never sell out your private information.

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bunq milestones

We've had so many events that have made a real difference to our users' lives, since our launch. Here are our highlights.

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Launching bunq Green Card

November 28, 2019

In November 2019, we partnered with Eden Restoration Projects to create a beautiful metal card that plants trees as you spend. Green Card was launched to help make the world a greener place without any effort, and we're proud to say it's been doing just that. Learn more about Green Card here.

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Launching bunq Travel Card

June 6, 2019

Bringing another life-changing card to our users, we launched bunq Travel Card, the best card to travel the world. Our users can now benefit from getting the real exchange rate without any additional charges, anywhere in the world, on top of a whole load of other great travel features.

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Expanding to France

November 28, 2018

Responding to high demand, we expanded our market coverage to include France, so French users can now experience the full service of bunq.

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Expanding to Spain & Italy

March 22, 2018

Our expansion to Germany and Austria wasn't enough! In 2018, we expanded to bring the power of bunq to users in Spain & Italy.

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Being the first bank with a fully open banking API

March 7, 2017

Marking another "first" in 2017, we became the world's first bank with a fully open Api. Anyone with some basic coding skills can use our fully open API to build awesome banking projects. The limit is endless!

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Bringing bunq to businesses

December 1, 2016

After hearing the needs of CEO Ali Niknam's fellow entrepreneurs, bunq Business was launched. Since then, we've released countless features that allow entrepreneurs to save time, every time.

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Launching in Beta

September 16, 2015

The world got a first glimpse of the future of banking in 2015 with the launch of our first closed beta. It was launched to a limited 1,000 users and we sold out within just 1 hour.

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Expanding to the entire EU

October 1, 2019

In our biggest expansion to date, we released bunq to all markets in the European Union, Norway and Iceland in 2019. This brings bunq's market coverage to a current 30 markets. Read more about it on our blog here.

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Expanding to Belgium & Ireland

April 25, 2019

We didn't stop there, because in 2019 we included Belgium and Ireland into our market!

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Creating lightning-fast global payments with Transferwise

November 6, 2018

We know that lightning-fast payments are just one of the things that make bunq great. But how about lightning fast, international payments? Well, in 2018 we partnered with Transferwise to give our users the freedom to send money abroad as fast as possible and up to 8x cheaper, at the real exchange rate.

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Being the first bank with Freedom of Choice

February 26, 2018

We've always prided ourselves on being focused on solving real user problems, and at the same time catering to their wants and needs. In 2018, we were the first bank to launch the concept of Freedom of Choice, so bunq users have the freedom to choose where their money is stored, and how it is used. This has since become a fan-favourite feature of bunq.

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Expanding to Germany and Austria

March 7, 2017

Our first market expansion was to Germany and Austria, and was a huge moment for bunq. It was a sure sign that we were on to something great, and we were excited to see where we'd go next.

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Launching to the Public

November 24, 2015

After overwhelming demand, the full bunq app was launched to the general public in September 2015. The first fully mobile bank of the Netherlands is now live.

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Getting our official banking license

September 26, 2014

We got our official banking licence from the Dutch Central Bank (DNB) in 2014, putting bunq on the road to banking success. Our banking permit was the first European banking permit to be given in over 35 years, and we're of course very proud of it.

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The story begins...

March 26, 2012

bunq was founded in 2012, when Ali Niknam (CEO) set out to radically change the traditional banking industry and create the Bank of The Free. Since then, we've been conquering the world of banking and building a product that breaks so many world-firsts, we've lost count.

2019-Icon-About-Us

Launching bunq Green Card

November 28, 2019

In November 2019, we partnered with Eden Restoration Projects to create a beautiful metal card that plants trees as you spend. Green Card was launched to help make the world a greener place without any effort, and we're proud to say it's been doing just that. Learn more about Green Card here.

2019-Icon-About-Us

Expanding to the entire EU

October 1, 2019

In our biggest expansion to date, we released bunq to all markets in the European Union, Norway and Iceland in 2019. This brings bunq's market coverage to a current 30 markets. Read more about it on our blog here.

2019-Icon-About-Us

Launching bunq Travel Card

June 6, 2019

Bringing another life-changing card to our users, we launched bunq Travel Card, the best card to travel the world. Our users can now benefit from getting the real exchange rate without any additional charges, anywhere in the world, on top of a whole load of other great travel features.

2019-Icon-About-Us

Expanding to Belgium & Ireland

April 25, 2019

We didn't stop there, because in 2019 we included Belgium and Ireland into our market!

2018-Icon-About-Us

Expanding to France

November 28, 2018

Responding to high demand, we expanded our market coverage to include France, so French users can now experience the full service of bunq.

2018-Icon-About-Us

Creating lightning-fast global payments with Transferwise

November 6, 2018

We know that lightning-fast payments are just one of the things that make bunq great. But how about lightning fast, international payments? Well, in 2018 we partnered with Transferwise to give our users the freedom to send money abroad as fast as possible and up to 8x cheaper, at the real exchange rate.

2018-Icon-About-Us

Expanding to Spain & Italy

March 22, 2018

Our expansion to Germany and Austria wasn't enough! In 2018, we expanded to bring the power of bunq to users in Spain & Italy.

2018-Icon-About-Us

Being the first bank with Freedom of Choice

February 26, 2018

We've always prided ourselves on being focused on solving real user problems, and at the same time catering to their wants and needs. In 2018, we were the first bank to launch the concept of Freedom of Choice, so bunq users have the freedom to choose where their money is stored, and how it is used. This has since become a fan-favourite feature of bunq.

2017-Icon-About-Us

Being the first bank with a fully open banking API

March 7, 2017

Marking another "first" in 2017, we became the world's first bank with a fully open Api. Anyone with some basic coding skills can use our fully open API to build awesome banking projects. The limit is endless!

2017-Icon-About-Us

Expanding to Germany and Austria

March 7, 2017

Our first market expansion was to Germany and Austria, and was a huge moment for bunq. It was a sure sign that we were on to something great, and we were excited to see where we'd go next.

2016-Icon-About-Us

Bringing bunq to businesses

December 1, 2016

After hearing the needs of CEO Ali Niknam's fellow entrepreneurs, bunq Business was launched. Since then, we've released countless features that allow entrepreneurs to save time, every time.

2015-Icon-About-Us

Launching to the Public

November 24, 2015

After overwhelming demand, the full bunq app was launched to the general public in September 2015. The first fully mobile bank of the Netherlands is now live.

2015-Icon-About-Us

Launching in Beta

September 16, 2015

The world got a first glimpse of the future of banking in 2015 with the launch of our first closed beta. It was launched to a limited 1,000 users and we sold out within just 1 hour.

2014-Icon-About-Us

Getting our official banking license

September 26, 2014

We got our official banking licence from the Dutch Central Bank (DNB) in 2014, putting bunq on the road to banking success. Our banking permit was the first European banking permit to be given in over 35 years, and we're of course very proud of it.

2012-Icon-About-Us

The story begins...

March 26, 2012

bunq was founded in 2012, when Ali Niknam (CEO) set out to radically change the traditional banking industry and create the Bank of The Free. Since then, we've been conquering the world of banking and building a product that breaks so many world-firsts, we've lost count.

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