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Blog of The Free

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Lifestyle
Top 5 coworking spaces in Berlin

Are you a freelancer or digital nomad looking for the perfect spot to share inspiration, ideas and innovation with fellow peeps?

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Products and Services
Top 5 reasons for having a joint bank account

Living together? Sharing expenses often? Never sure if Netflix’s already paid for, or if groceries for tonight are already bought?

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Company
Our green efforts make top 3!

Today we’re celebrating that our green efforts were recognized by the Fair Finance Guide Netherlands!

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Stories
Quick, easy and sustainable insurance? Meet Lemonade

Save your time and effort for the things that matter in life: family, adventures, your dreams, or you know, - making a lovely dinner on a Tuesday.

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Updates
Here's what we improved based on your feedback

With bunq Update 18, we’ve improved a couple of our features based on your valuable feedback. Here are 3 of them!

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Updates
3 features from bunq Update 18 that make life easy

Last week we welcomed bunq Update 18, which brought some new exciting features. Let’s have a look at these 3 additions that make life easy!

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Updates
Bank like a local with bunq Update 18

Summertime is almost over, but we’ve decided to end it with a bang: a brand new Update!

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Lifestyle
What to do if you have a weekend in Paris

Oh, Paris! The city of love and lights. It’d be unfair to say that you can truly experience Paris in one weekend, but we’ve listed “must dos"

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Lifestyle
5 easy tips for saving money right away

Saving money can be easy when you have a plan and a couple of tips to follow. Not a lot of effort and actual results.

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Lifestyle
What to do if you have a weekend in Berlin

Oh, city breaks! A great way to relax, explore and recharge before another busy week. If you’re travelling to Berlin, here’s a guide!

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Products and Services
Here’s how bunq keeps your money safe

With bunq, you have the freedom to handle your money and time the way you want. Meanwhile, we’ll take care of all those safety details. Curious how?

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Company
Started as a fan, now I’m here

The story of how a new bunqer went from fan to employee.

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Company
Today is a big day

Today’s a great day for all bunqers!🌈

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Lifestyle
Yoga or audiobooks? Here's how bunqers do self care

Mixing working from home with office time is awesome, but it’s important to make time for ourselves too: relax, recharge, get shit done.

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Lifestyle
5 amazing countries with visas for freelancers

Dreaming of taking a morning dip before opening your laptop? You may find some of the countries in the list below a great place to start!

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Lifestyle
Choo Choo! All aboard the Meatless Monday train!

Sustainability is an important topic nowadays. At bunq, we’re always looking for ways to improve and do better than yesterday.

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Company
Cards - what could go wrong with that?

That's what Ophelia first thought when hearing about her new bunq title. Boy, was she wrong...

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Company
Catching bad guys and keeping us safe! Velislav’s story

Ever watched police TV shows as a kid and dreamt of catching bad guys yourself? Well, Velislav went ahead and he’s now doing it at bunq!

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Updates
3 new ways to save more time with bunq

With every bunq Update, we look for ways to help you save more time, so you can enjoy spending every day doing things you love.

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Updates
Here's what's new from bunq Update 17

Life is easy in the summer...with some brand new bunq features! Check out the latest and greatest from bunq Update 17.

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Business Insights
How to make your website more visible: 5 steps to success

Just created your own website? We’re sure it looks awesome, but how do you get some eyes on it? Our guest writer is here to answer that.

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Products and Services
Embrace your True Name

Diversity is a wonderful thing, one we care deeply for. Letting everyone be who they really are and complementing each other.

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Business Insights
5 first steps to start your business

Dreaming of opening your own business? You probably have millions of questions running through your head! We’ve got your first 5 steps covered!

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Products and Services
Committing to a greener future

Wow, you’ve done it again! Before we knew it, you planted 3 million trees, equivalent to 975K flights from Paris to New York!

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Lifestyle
5 fun things to do while we wait for the summer

Spring is here, summer around the corner, and we’re all excited for our lives to go back to normal. Here are 5 fun things to do!

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Products and Services
Woohoo! You can now get your own German IBAN!

We’ve got great news today! bunq is the first neobank outside of Germany to offer German IBANs, and you can get yours if you sign up today!

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Lifestyle
5 easy ways to live more sustainably

Is sustainability on your mind, but worry that it's too much of a hassle? From small changes to big steps, you can do it all without much effort.

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Products and Services
5 top bunq features, according to the bunq community!

We’ve recently asked our lovely community on Instagram to let us know what are their favorite bunq features. Here’s what they told us.

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Company
The Producer (singular) and the world around them

There was always a charm or romance when it came to visual production to me: read how I broke into the industry.

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Lifestyle
10 ways to transform your home into a productive office

Using your home as an office used to be relevant mostly for digital nomads and freelancers - today, we could all use a little inspiration.

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Business Insights
Turning lessons into growth when building a start-up

Are you an entrepreneur embarking on the most exciting ride of your life: turning your dream into a start-up? Here's what you need to know!

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Lifestyle
10 best cities for digital nomads

Becoming a digital nomad sounds really attractive, but the question is: where to?

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Company
1 year at bunq equals love (and 5 years anywhere else)

This week is my 1 year anniversary at bunq, and what better time to share my story with everyone who wonders what it’s like to work here?!

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Stories
Bringing extra to the ordinary: Jut & Jul’s story

There’s no better day than today to celebrate! Bringing that little bit of magic is what makes life so beautiful.

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Company
Mapping the road of influencers in fintech

Alexandra, our influencer specialist, is here to tell you why influencers should be part of any digital company's marketing strategy.

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Business Insights
What you need to know about being self-employed in Germany

The idea of making your own work schedule and being your own boss is quite enticing - but what do you actually need to know to get started?

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Products and Services
Enjoy instant payments across Europe!

We’ve got great news! Starting from today, you can enjoy instant payments across Europe (and yes, that includes the Netherlands)!

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Stories
Save the planet with every note you take!

With Easy Green, bunq lets you become CO2 free in less than 2 years, but what else can make an impact?

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Business Insights
How to choose the right insurance for your business

Thinking of opening your own business or just started out? Insurance is an essential safety net, but which one’s the right one?

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Business Insights
How to start an online business

If you decided to start your own online business, then you’ve just taken a great decision!

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Lifestyle
Top 5 European cities for expats

With globalization being an increasing trend, the world is your oyster and being an expat becomes more accessible.

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Lifestyle
10 ways digital nomads make money

Thinking of shifting your lifestyle to a nomadic, work from anywhere one soon? Here are 10 ways to get you inspired!

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Business Insights
How digital banking helps you achieve financial goals in 3 ways

Digital banking has revolutionized the financial market and the way people handle bank activities. Here's three of the biggest ways!

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Company
5 Common Mistakes PHP Coders Make

At bunq we use PHP because it's easy to learn and flexible, but that can leave room for mistakes.

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Updates
Here’s what’s new from bunq Update 16!

New year, new features that make life easy! Check out everything that’s new from bunq Update 16 and explore all the benefits.

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Updates
5 brand new ways to save time with bunq

Enjoy the things you love, while we take care of the things you need with these 5 brand new time saving features.

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Updates
4 great benefits that Easy Green users enjoy

Being green is easy with bunq. We’ve recently added a couple of cool features for Easy Green members. Check them out!

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Lifestyle
6 ways mindfulness can help you and your business grow

By bringing your thoughts into the present, you’re able to go through life with positivity and less stress. Discover 6 ways to get started!

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Lifestyle
Career change? 5 tips for a successful switch

Thinking of a career change? What an exciting challenge! Here are a couple of tips for a successful and hassle-free switch.

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Products and Services
Open the best business account in less than 5 minutes!

Opening a business account can be super easy. In fact, you don’t even have to visit a physical branch or wait weeks. Yes, really!

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Company
How I managed to Get Shit Done all the way from South Africa!

Read how one of the newest additions to our bunq family managed to do his Get Shit Done day all the way from SA!

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Lifestyle
5 ways bunq can help you with New Year's resolutions

As we’re stepping into 2021, we’re all thinking: new year, new me. What an exciting time to plan ahead for our growth and happiness!

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Stories
You can eat climate change. What?

Nick, Head of Climate Farmers Academy is here to tell you more about what Climate Farmers are doing to give back to our planet.

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Lifestyle
5 ways bunq can help with holidays shopping

bunq’s here to help get you ready for the festive season!

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Company
Celebrating 1 year of bunq in Sofia: Neda’s story from kickoff to now

Today bunq is celebrating 1 year since opening its doors in Sofia. Woohoo!

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Company
Rotterdam, watch out! We’re bringing the bunq love to you!

bunq is constantly growing, which means we’re always on the hunt for brilliant minds. This time we're coming to Rotterdam!

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Company
From academia, to bunq, to Berlin...and back to bunq

Another bunq employee story, you wonder? Yep! And this one is about coming back to what always felt like home.

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Stories
Be empowered to take control of your nutritional health!

A healthy lifestyle is important for most of us, but how can you take control of your nutritional needs in a healthy way?

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Company
bunq is celebrating 5 years of freedom

Today is a super special day: bunq turns 5! We’re celebrating 5 years of innovation, 5 years of freedom and building the bank of The Free

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Products and Services
Introducing bunq Easy Plans

We’ve introduced our new, simplified plans: Easy Travel, Easy Money and Easy Green.Check out what's in it for you!

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Business Insights
6 steps to become an online entrepreneur

How many of us had that thought - should I start my own thing? Okay, but where to begin? Is this idea good enough? Is it really gonna work?

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Company
Sofia, get ready for bunq

bunq is heading to Sofia. Get ready for it!

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Stories
Share your story and get featured on the bunq blog!

We'd love to hear your stories, and here's some tips on how to get yours published on the bunq blog.

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Company
Once a bunqer, always a bunqer: Emy’s veteran story

You know, most companies collect employee testimonials but how many share the words of a veteran? Well, bunq does; so this is my story.

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Lifestyle
5 great tips for productivity while working from home

How can we keep being productive and deliver great results when working from home? Here's 5 tips!

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Stories
5 goals that bunqers easily achieved

Small or big, goals are important and we’re happy to help you achieve them.

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Lifestyle
A guide to traveling with pets

Here’s a comprehensive guide from our guest writer, Rebecca Siggers on how to travel with pets!

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Updates
Save money easily with these 3 new features

Read about some awesome bunq features that help you save money!

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Products and Services
Woohoo! We've just been added to the Dutch Fair Finance Guide

Today is a great day! We’ve just been added to the Dutch Fair Finance Guide (Eerlijkegeldwijzer). So why is this a big deal?

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Updates
3 new ways to save time with bunq

Here are some new ways you can save time by using bunq!

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Company
We’re stronger together! Join our daily wellness program now

Discover bunq's wellness program to get the most out of working from home!

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Updates
Everything new from bunq Update 15 that makes life easy!

Inspired by your wants and needs, here’s what’s brand new in bunq Update 15!

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Updates
Save money every step of the way with bunq Deals!

Read all about our newest bunq deals: exclusive offers to save money for our bunqers!

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Updates
Under 18? Automatically become CO2 free in less than 2 years

By simply being a SuperGreen member, we plant a tree in your name for every €100 you spend!

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Lifestyle
7 things that get you ready for autumn

Check out these 7 things you can do to get ready and enjoy this autumn season to the max!

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Products and Services
Top 5 bunq features that make life easy

We’ve asked some bunqers around the office what’s their favorite bunq feature ever. Here’s what they told us!

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Business Insights
Growth hackers: what’s all the hype about?

What is Growth Hacking? Let’s hear from Irina, our industry expert! She’s a growth hacker at Sprints and Sneakers.

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Lifestyle
Here our top 10 favorite TV series of all time - part 2

We recently shared part 1 of this article with you, where we talked about 5 out of 10 favorite TV series of all time. Here is the other half

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Lifestyle
Here our top 10 favorite TV series of all time - part 1

We recently put together a list of our 10 favorite movies. This time, let’s look at the best TV series!

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Products and Services
Automate your business today and focus on what matters

Looking to save time so you can focus on growing your business, we’ve got some sweet shortcuts for you!

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Company
From the Great White North to bank of The Free: My journey from Canada to bunq

Read all about how Will came all the way from Canada and started his new adventure with bunq!

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Stories
How Salt Farm Foundation helps with worldwide food shortage

Inspired by you, we recently launched Common Goals, enabling to support the causes you care about! Here's the Salt Farm Foundation's story

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Company
Here’s who bunq really is

Ever wondered what happens behind the scenes at bunq? What do bunqers do all day, every day? And is there magic dust around?

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Products and Services
Wow! We’ve just planted 1 million trees together!

We’ve just reached an impressive milestone in the number of trees we planted: 1 million, to be exact!

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Products and Services
Support what you love and bunq will pitch in too!

Inspired by you, we recently launched Common Goals, enabling to support the causes you care about!

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Lifestyle
5 things successful people do every day

We've collected 5 things that successful people do every day to get you started on your own adventure!

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Lifestyle
4 benefits of travelling like a local

We're slowly getting back to travel, so let's explore the beautiful beaches in the South or experience capitals full of culture and history.

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Lifestyle
Health & Wealth: what’s the connection?

We're expanding on the idea of investing in self-care above all else, in order to be the best you can be.

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Products and Services
Get a free Metal Card today!

With our new Easy Green subscription, you can get a Metal Card free of charge and become CO2 free in less than 2 years.

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Lifestyle
5 hacks for career growth

No matter what industry we work in, our careers are a huge part of our life. Here are 5 hacks for career growth!

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Stories
How Free a Girl gives freedom to those who need it most: children

Recently we launched Common Goals so you can support causes you care about effortlessly. Here's a story of one of the charities we support.

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Products and Services
Got a great idea for an app? Let’s make it happen together!

Want to make an app that will improve the daily life of thousands? Well then, let’s make it happen with bunq’s developer program!

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Products and Services
Plant 20 trees together effortlessly!

What’s better than enjoying the great things in life? Sharing them with others, of course.

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Products and Services
5 apps that make your life easy

Some things in life just deserve your full time and attention, and there are some things that can be done quicker and better with just 1 app

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Stories
Here’s how One Acre Fund supports farmers every day

All about the first Common Goals we recently launched in the bunq app through valuable partnerships with 5 charities.

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Lifestyle
Workation tips for the digital nomad

Anne de Buck, a successful Amsterdam based lifestyle blogger and the founder of Your Little Black Book, gives tips on working from anywhere.

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Lifestyle
7 valuable tips for short trips

It's not as easy as ever to take long trips right now. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to still enjoy some much needed time off!

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Products and Services
Empower others to buy their own home with one tap!

You suggested that you’d like your money to be invested in ways that can help others. We knew we’d better get to work!

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Lifestyle
5 ways in which giving back makes you grow

Ever wondered if giving back to the community actually makes a difference or if it's worth it at all? Let's look into that!

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Lifestyle
7 fun and easy ways to raise money for causes you care about

Want to raise money for a cause that matters to you, but have no idea where to start? We’ve got 7 tips for you to get inspired!

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