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We’re bunq, Bank of The Free.

We’re a totally independent bank that makes your life easy. No branch visits, no queues, no paperwork, just immediate access from a mobile device. Users can share bank accounts with whomever they want and pay with worldwide Maestro and Mastercards wherever they go.

bunq was founded in 2012 by Ali Niknam (1981), who managed to get the first European banking permit in over 35 years. He set out to radically change the traditional banking industry and, as its sole investor, invested €79,9m in bunq. bunq’s latest publicly available number of user deposits is €654,619,033, based on the deposits in July 2020.

Over 2019 the total amount of user deposits doubled and is increasing every day. bunq is currently available in 30 European markets: the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, Ireland, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romainia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Norway and Iceland.


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User deposits

*as of July 2020


Our people


Founder and CEO

Ali Niknam (1981), born in Canada but from Iranian descent, set up his first company when he was just 16 years old. In his early twenties he founded TransIP, the biggest domain name and web hosting provider of the Netherlands. In 2012 he set out to change the banking industry radically and founded bunq.

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Idzard van Eeghen (1960) is the Chief Risk Officer. Idzard has extensive banking experience and has held various commercial, risk management and general management positions. He joined bunq in May 2018.

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Bart Wesselink (1984) is the Chief Financial & Operations Officer. Bart’s career started by co-founding Amsterdam-based FinTech company Paylogic in 2005, which was sold in 2015. Bart has held several positions as CFO and has extensive financial, scale-up and technology experience. He joined bunq in October 2019.

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Major features and releases are introduced at bunq Updates. All to make our users' lives easy. Check out what bunq Update 15 brought, below.

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