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We are bunq,

bank of The Free

About bunq

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 life easy for our users in 30 European countries.

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.


The day we became a unicorn!
July 8, 2021

Following a €193 million investment that led to a valuation of €1.6 billion, we’ve made the largest Series A round for a European fintech company. Welcome to our first investing partner, Pollen Street Capital. Today we also acquired Capitalflow Group. We're here to stay!


We’re  the first neobank outside of Germany to offer German IBANs
April 22, 2021

The brand new German IBAN empowers you to use your bunq account for all payments, direct debits, or receiving your salary - all hassle-free and without worrying about IBAN discrimination.


bunq user deposits hit €1B!
April 22, 2021

We’ve just reached €1 billion in user deposits. This amount has more than doubled for the second year in a row, and we couldn’t be more thankful for your trust.


We’re the first fintech to join the TARGET Instant Payment Settlement (TIPS) service!
April 8, 2021

TIPS was developed by the European Central Bank. This cooperation gives you instant payments with participating banks in the Netherlands, as well as the rest of Europe.


We're the first challenger bank to be included in the Dutch Fair Finance Guide
October 27, 2020

The Dutch Fair Finance Guide (Eerlijkegeldwijzer) was established in 2009 to inform consumers about banks by gauging their performance using independent and preset criteria, empowering you to choose for a socially responsible bank.


We've just planted 1 million trees together!
September 01, 2020

The bunq community has always been super excited about doing good and making the world a greener place. We've made sure a tree is planted for every € 100 spent by Easy Green users through a partnership with Eden Reforestation Projects, and you just reached 1 million!


Support what matters to you
May 29, 2020

Introducing Common Goals. Whether it's supporting a local business or helping to rid the ocean of plastic, bunq makes it super easy to support the charity of your choosing, so you can give back to the causes you care about.


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.


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.


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.


Expanding to Belgium & Ireland
April 25, 2019

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


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.


Creating lightning-fast global payments with Wise
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.


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.


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's used. This has since become a fan-favourite feature of bunq.


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!


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.


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.


Launching to the Public
November 24, 2015

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


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.


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.


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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