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Banking in the Netherlands

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How can I open a bank account?

What are the requirements to open up a bank account?

What are the accounts and services offered by banks?

How does a current account operate?

How do I use my bank PIN card?

What if I want to use my PIN card abroad?

Most banks allow you to use your debit (PIN) card whilst travelling in Europe. However, they will by default put a block on you using your card anywhere outside of Europe. This action is intended to prevent fraudulent activity. If you wish to use your debit (PIN) card to access cash or make payments whilst travelling to a country outside of Europe, you can ask your bank to temporarily remove the restriction on use.

Alternatively, you can use your credit card to pay for goods or services whilst abroad. Normally there is no restriction on where you can use your credit card (as long as the seller accepts credit cards as a method of payment). Please note that you may be charged a fee for withdrawing money from a cash machine abroad using your credit card.

What if I have lost my bank card or had it stolen?

What is a contactless payment?

Are contactless payments secure?

Are credit cards given by banks to all customers?

How easy is it to pay using my credit card in the Netherlands?

What is internetbankieren (internet banking) and how to use it?

How can I access my bank details using mobile devices?

What is the currency in the Netherlands?

Can you explain the numbering conventions used in the Netherlands?

How to exchange foreign money in the Netherlands?

What is an acceptgiro?

Can I directly invest money in the stock exchange?

What types of loans (leningen) are available?