If you’re planning on staying here for a while, you better set yourself up with a bank account. Here’s what you need to know – and how to get started.
First of all, Norway is quite far ahead when it comes to digital banking. We’re also one of the most cashless countries in the world. So leave paper behind – what you definitely want to do when you get here, is become a fully-fledged digital citizen.
Step 1: Get a national identity number
This one really isn’t optional. If you want to do, well, anything at all, you have to get a national identity number. If you’re staying for less than 6 months, you can also get a D-number. For more information on what this is and how to get it, check out this resource.
Step 2: Open a bank account
This is quite straightforward. Once you have your ID number, any bank would be happy to meet with you. Just make sure to bring your passport, employment contract and lease / rental contract. If you need help or advice along the way, the Service Centre for Foreign Workers is there for you.
Step 3: Become digital!
Once your bank account is up and running, a hot tip is to activate BankID. You can use this to securely log into a wide variety of public services online. Want to learn more about BankID? Check this out!
That’s it – you’re all set to start your digital banking journey. Make sure you read up on the Norwegian tax code, and again: SUA will help you!