Opening an account

Banking in the Netherlands is pretty straightforward. Most banks offer similar quality services and have established online banking to make life easier for customers. As always, shop around for the best deal or ask people to recommend a bank to you.

You simply cannot get around in Holland without a bank account. Most importantly, you need one in order to receive your salary. Furthermore, you will need one to rent or buy accommodation, pay for gas and electricity, getting a phone line, and many other necessities.

EU citizens need a valid passport and "proof of address" in order to open a bank account. Some banks may, in addition, ask for proof of work and a Sofi-number (Social Fiscal Identification number), and even proof of "residence permit" application. Non-EU citizens are sometimes requested to bring proof of registration with the foreign police in addition to the above.

Choosing a bank

The largest banks in the Netherlands are the ABN-AMRO, ING, Rabobank and SNS. 

Commissions are quite similar in all banks. Most banks have good internet banking facilities. Your best bets are ABN-AMRO, ING and Rabobank.

For a local office near to you, check out the websites of each bank.

 0900 0908  

ING Bank
 0800 7011 

 030 216 0000  

SNS Bank
 0900 - 18 50 

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