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?

  • 1
    So how did you solve your problem? Commented Jul 18, 2017 at 13:24

1 Answer 1


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. Commented Mar 13, 2014 at 14:50

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.