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The process of applying for a Norwegian fødselsnummer can take quite a while. At the same time, everything in Norway is paid by credit card which you cannot get without a bank account which in return requires the fødselsnummer. Are there any possibilities of getting a Norwegian bank account prior to receiving a fødselsnummer?

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    So how did you solve your problem? – Dmytro Titov Jul 18 '17 at 13:24
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It should be possible to open a Norwegian bank account using a D-number. This is basically a temporary (dummy) ID number for foreigners. There may be other requirements such as country of residence and (large) minimum deposit.

Of course, it takes time to apply for this so if you plan to stay more than six months, you may as well apply for the real ID number (if applicable).

  • A problem with this solution is that you have to wait for the D-Number as well and it will delay the retrieval of the F-Number. Some institutions do not accept the D-Number either or charge higher fees. Also, it is hard to get medical care without a F-Number. Many people, especially out of Oslo don't even know what a D-Number is. – Rafael Winterhalter Mar 13 '14 at 14:50

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