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Blog of The Free

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Lifestyle
Let’s empower women in tech!

Technology is all around us. Remember when you had to get off the couch to get the remote? That was annoying, eh?

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Lifestyle
Top 5 destinations for traveling in Europe this summer

With borders slowly opening up again in Europe, we can finally plan for one of our favorite things ever: traveling!

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Products and Services
A bold leap towards the future

bunq’s ambition has always been to help users manage their money in an easy and fun way, so they are empowered to achieve all their goals.

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Lifestyle
3 ways to be the best you and pay yourself first

To be the best version of yourself, self-care must come first. So let’s make sure you invest in it!

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Products and Services
bunq partners with 5 top charities for Common Goals

When launching V3, we wanted to let you give back to the causes you care, so we’ve partnered with great global charities to make it happen!

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Lifestyle
Want to live a sustainable lifestyle? Choose the right businesses

With all the information available today, knowing what you can do to make a difference is where things can get a bit complicated.

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Company
bunq is still hiring! Here is what my first week looked like

What does the first week at bunq look like? Well, where do I start?! On my first day I was really nervous, but excited!

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Products and Services
5 ways bunq keeps growing despite COVID-19

We’re excited to see our recent surge in new deposits: you’re really helping us grow every single day!

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Business Insights
Follow your dream! Why now is the time to build a start-up

You have a dream - that’s a great start! You may think you have to put that dream on hold for a while, but this is actually a great time to follow it.

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Products and Services
Does SuperGreen really let you become CO2 free in less than 2 years?

A short while ago, bunq became the only bank in the world to let you become CO2 free in less than 2 years with bunq SuperGreen.

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Business Insights
How Jedlix saves time and increases customer satisfaction with bunq

Here at bunq we’re all about 3 things: saving money, time and CO2 - and we’re always happy to collaborate with companies that hold similar values. 🌱

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Products and Services
Save time managing your invoices with GetMyInvoices!

Your business deserves attention, and you should focus on that dream you just made a reality! We partnered with GetMyInvoices to make it happen.

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Updates
Missed bunq Update 14? Here’s all you need to know!

Last week during bunq Update 14, we took our biggest step in creating the best banking experience yet. In case you missed it, here’s what’s new!

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Updates
bunq Update 14: Introducing the new bunq app

At bunq Update 14, we took our biggest step in creating the best banking experience yet: a brand new bunq app, released in Public Beta.

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Updates
Support what matters to you - bunq introduces Common Goals

Supporting causes that matter to you just got a whole lot easier with bunq!

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Products and Services
Great news - Metal Cards are back in stock!

Not long ago we launched bunq SuperGreen, making bunq the only bank in the world that lets you become CO2 free in less than 2 years!

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Products and Services
Predicting your future balance just got better than ever!

Whether you’re online shopping, booking future experiences or investing in something you love, there’s always one question: can you afford it?

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Company
What do you miss most?

It’s been a while since our daily lives changed, and most of us accepted “the new normal”. But we can still miss a couple of things, right?

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Products and Services
Got an audience? Share the bunq love and get paid!

Always wanted to share the bunq love but weren’t sure how? Well, if you have an audience, we have a way!

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Products and Services
Keep your money extra safe with these 6 bunq features

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of a digital bank? We’re guessing money. But safety is a close second, isn’t it?

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Lifestyle
Cabin fever kicking in? Here are 4 ways to beat it

It’s safe to say things are different nowadays and we need to adapt. Being home for more time than we’d like can get tough, but don’t despair.

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Lifestyle
6 things that you can easily start learning today!

Learning is one of the most important things in life. It’s what makes us grow and be better every day.

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Products and Services
8 freedoms bunq users enjoy every day!

We are bunq, bank of The Free. Wondering what a bank has to do with freedom? Let’s have a look together!

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Lifestyle
How bunqers celebrated a very special King’s Day

Let’s start with the beginning - what’s King’s Day, why do we care, and what happened with our favorite day of the year in times of COVID-19

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Lifestyle
The numbers are in! Here's the impact of the increased limit

Last month, when countries around the world went into lockdown, we increased the limit for contactless payments to keep you safe. Did it work?

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Lifestyle
Wow! A 400 percent increase in new deposits. Here’s why

Remember when everyone was buying toilet paper, chocolate and all sorts of pasta?

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Products and Services
Wow! 9 out of 10 prefer bunq for international payments

Being a new expat is a great adventure with its own challenges, we know, but we’re here to make things easy for you!

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Lifestyle
10 movies to watch after work

Look at the clock! Work is done, dinner is ready, time for chilling out and watching a movie.

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Lifestyle
It’s a good time to talk about savings - here’s why

Saving money only takes a couple of tricks, good planning and a bank account that actually helps with it all.

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Lifestyle
4 easy ways to make or save money at home

We have more time on our hands and we can spend it doing all sorts of things: learning new skills, spending time with family, or...making some money!

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Products and Services
7 reasons to choose more bunq, less bank

Here at bunq we always work on awesome stuff to make sure that we fit your needs. And your friends’, and your family’s...have you spread the love yet?

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Company
9 tips to own working from home!

Structure and get the most out of your WFH with these fun tips from our bunqers.

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Business Insights
Freelancer? 5 things to look for in a business bank account

Working hard for your dream can be a challenge: looking for the right business bank account, right insurance, sorting taxes. But don’t worry, we’ve got tips!

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Products and Services
bunq lets you become CO2 free in less than 2 years!

A couple of months ago, bunq became the only bank in the world to let you plant trees with zero effort

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Lifestyle
5 ways you can support small businesses during COVID-19

It’s a good time to show support for small businesses! With the inability to produce or deliver products, our favorite companies need some help.

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Illustrated guy with groceries and bunq card
Lifestyle
COVID-19 - are people changing their behavior?

COVID-19 is affecting all of us, one way or another, but how exactly are we reacting to all this? Is our spending behavior changing?

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With the recent developments of COVID-19, we’re stepping up our game to make sur
Lifestyle
Stay healthy with higher limits for contactless payments

With the recent developments of COVID-19, we’re stepping up our game to make sure you can keep on banking safely!

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Business Insights
Freelancing like a pro through difficult times

While some only have to go through the boredom of staying home, others worry about their finances more than ever.

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A tree in a forest
Company
Data Scientists care about trees. Trust me, we do.

Machine learning and AI are hot topics in today's data driven day and age. Daniela, explains how you can use data too!

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Lifestyle
Worried about spreading germs? 4 simple precautions you should take when banking today

With recent news of Coronavirus, I want to help keep everyone as healthy as possible, even with banking.

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Company
This is what I learned as an intern at bunq

As a huge fan of the app, my ultimate goal during my 6-month internship at bunq was to develop something epic.

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Company
Here’s how you helped us plant over 70,000 trees in just 3 months!

You spent. Forests grew. Now everyone’s a winner! We’re proud to have planted over 70,000 trees in just 3 months.

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Updates
Ready to build client trust? Customize your trade name today!

Operating under multiple trade names is essential, even with banking.

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Ali on update 13
Updates
Didn’t get a chance to see bunq Update 13? Here’s what you missed!

There’s no better way to kick off the first bunq Update of the year than with lucky number 13.

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Updates
5 cool ways you can automate your finances with your favorite apps

With our newest integration with Zapier, you can start automating tasks in a fun, convenient and customized way.

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Updates
Your personal payment link goes international!

Getting money back just got “een tikkie beter”. For all non-Dutch speakers out there, that roughly translates to... a heck of a lot better

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Updates
3 unique ways you can personalize your bunq account

Everything you do in life should match your individual style. So why stop at banking?

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Updates
Quick and easy budgeting tips to keep your hands off your savings

Saving can be hard, but luckily for you, it’s never too late to make a change. Check out some quick and easy tips.

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Updates
Ready to bunq on your Apple Watch? Discover the features you don’t want to miss!

No matter where life takes you, we’ve got a bunq app to meet your needs. Now you can bunq on Apple Watch!

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Updates
Meet the easiest-to-use banking API in the world!

We are celebrating bunq Update 13 with the most amazing improvement ever.

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Lifestyle
I built my own PC and you can too!

Have you ever wanted to build your own PC? I recently did, and I'm here to share my knowledge

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Forest
Products and Services
How bunq Easy Green plants trees

We’re proud to show you how bunq Easy Green, with the help from our partner Eden Reforestation Projects, plants real trees.

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Company
Behind the scenes at bunq

Our team is growing rapidly with 130 bunqers from 37 different countries, all working hard to change banking for the better.

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Products and Services
Here’s how your bunq Metal Card is even greener than you think

The bunq Metal Card does more than just plant trees. We designed our new metal card to be as green as possible.

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Business Insights
Cybersecurity tips for small businesses

Entrepreneurs often assume since they aren’t large enterprises, cybercriminals won’t target them. The reality is - they do!

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Company
Why bunq is the company for me

Joining bunq means leaving past glories and pre-conceptions at the door

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Business Insights
Biometric security and the future of passwords

The adoption of technology and increased attention on digital security and fraud mean that only using passwords could be a thing of the past

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Company
Supporting customers and each other

Life in customer support means engaging with users every day and always keeping their best interests at heart, this is Ramona’s experience.

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Lifestyle
Top tips for planning weekend trips

Looking to get the most out of your short-term travels? Check out our suggestions to plan better and discover more!

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Sand toys
Business Insights
API Sandboxes and the Future of Fintech

The Financial Conduct Authority’s sandbox must evolve if it is to remain relevant in a fast-moving sector

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Products and Services
Freedom of Choice: You decide what happens to your money

We believe you should be empowered to choose if and where your money is invested.

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Lifestyle
5 unforgettable winter attractions

there are many exciting attractions and activities for you to enjoy, here are a few of our top picks for the winter season!

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Lifestyle
Cash and mobile banking working together in harmony

Cultural attitudes to cash and family structures present unique opportunities for hard currency and mobile banking to complement each other.

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Company
One year at bunq as a self-taught iOS Developer

Our developers are constantly pushing the boundaries to create the best possible experience for our community.

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Business Insights
Standing out in a seamless future

Customer experience may be the only way financial services can differentiate themselves.

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Company
My first two weeks at the bank of The Free

Changing banking for the better is a monumental task. Creating and spreading the messaging is an opportunity waiting to be seized.

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Lifestyle
Our top picks for winter city breaks in Europe

Just because the temperature is dropping doesn’t mean your appetite for adventure has to!

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Products and Services
Visibility over spending leads to successful saving

The rise of the smartphone and customers demanding more personalized experiences has ushered in a new era in personal finance management

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Business Insights
Is greater online shopping security bad for business?

Rules to enforce online security are designed to make ecommerce safer for customers, but companies fear it could have a big impact on sales.

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Company
From Russia, with bunq: Egor’s story

At bunq, we are proud to have so many different nationalities in our team. Egor relocated to the Netherlands to join bunq, here is his story

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Company
Let's talk about self-esteem in the workplace

Mental health has become an incredibly important topic of conversation in the workplace, but how does your self-esteem factor in?

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Products and Services
bunq launches across the European Union!

Today, we take an important step in our expansion plans by offering our Travel Card membership to all markets in the EU, Norway and Iceland

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Lifestyle
Immigration: can fintech help with the transition?

Immigrants face an array of financial hurdles when arriving in a new country. Fintech has a role to play in making their lives easier

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Business Insights
Are we sleepwalking into a cashless future?

Without access to cash or the right support in a transition to digital payment, the older generation will suffer.

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Company
Growth hacking is always feasible. This is why.

Growth hacking seems to be the new driver of economic success for startups in 2019.

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Products and Services
Can money buy happiness after all?

Behavioural economics can reveal useful insights into our motivations and feelings when parting with hard-earned money.

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Business Insights
bunq Business: banking by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs

bunq Update 12 was an opportunity for us to announce the new features our team has been building around the clock for you.

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Business Insights
A diverse and inclusive workforce can drive Fintech forward

Looking beyond recruiting talent that immediately fits into a predefined culture can increase diversity and inclusion.

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Business Insights
Fintech can change the world for the better

Around the world, businesses and individuals are turning to financial technology’s innovative approach

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Lifestyle
4 travel money tips for your next adventure

Knowing how to manage your money when traveling abroad allows you to focus on what really matters: enjoying yourself!

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Lifestyle
Struggling with savings? This 4-step budgeting plan can help you!

A 4-step plan that will put you on the pathway to success.

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