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've had so many events that have made a real difference to our users' lives, since our launch. Here are our highlights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
April 25, 2019
We didn't stop there, because in 2019 we included Belgium and Ireland into our market!
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 Wise to give our users the freedom to send money abroad as fast as possible and up to 8x cheaper, at the real exchange rate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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