Ah yes, and then there is one of the minor issues when you move from one country to another: Setting up a new ban account. Or in my case: Re-setting my Danish bank account.
Now, beside the practicalities (making sure that I dealt with the closest branch office, etc, etc), I also assumed that having a VISA card linked with my Swedish bank account would be a bit tricky as I no longer have any Swedish incomes. Denmark has a special debit card system, the Dankort, which in many ways has helped making us Danes a card-carrying people1 but as the Dankort can’t be used outside of Denmark, you need some kind of international payment card. So I asked the bank if I could have a combined Visa/Dankort.
Well, yes. And no. The bank insisted on issuing me with a) a VISA/Dankort (debit card), b) a MasterCard (credit card) and c) an American Express card. Except, I never received the VISA, but now I hold a) a Swedish VISA card, b) a Danish Dankort, c) a Danish-issued MasterCard and d) a Danish issued AmEx card. The bank also insisted on giving me a credit (hmmm…. my Danish bank is Danske Bank, in case you wonder) but I will do my utmost not to move into the IT business.
- Bonus information: I have never had a check-book [↩]