There are 134 members as of January 2019. See member list.
Yes. Both private individuals, companies, organizations and non-profit organizations are covered by the guarantee. The guarantee covers deposits from both Norwegian and foreign nationals and companies.
However, there are exceptions. Deposits from public authorities, other banks, insurance and pension companies and other financial institutions (e.g. investment firms, mutual funds and other collective investment undertakings) are not covered.
The main rule is that the guarantee scheme is obliged to cover losses incurred by a depositor on deposits in a member institution. This will also apply foreign citizens with deposits in a Norwegian bank.
If you have a deposit in Norwegian banks' operations abroad, the coverage level will be 100 000 euro, read more in this article.
The Norwegian Banks’ Guarantee Fund shall cover losses on deposits as soon as possible and no later than seven working days after a bank is placed under public administration. For some types of deposits, it may take longer time. For instance, the deadline for temporary high balances is three months.
More info in this article regarding reimbursement of covered deposits.
Most types of deposits are covered, including deposits on savings and checking accounts, deposit accounts, positive credit card balance and other credits (e.g. flex loans), tax deduction accounts (BSU), etc. Deposits both in Norwegian kroners and foreign currency are covered. The cash deposits of the share savings account are also covered (not shares or financial instruments).
The following deposits are not covered:
* investments in financial instruments such as shares, fund units or other securities
* deposits from unidentified depositors
* deposits deriving from transactions which, in the case of enforceable judgment, contravene money laundering regulations
Only cash deposits on share savings accounts are covered by the guarantee. It is a prerequisite that the account is established in your name. If you have invested in financial instruments at the time of a public administration (bankruptcy), this will not be covered by our deposit guarantee scheme.
Yes. The guarantee covers total deposits up to 2 million NOK including accrued interest.
The Norwegian Parliament has decided amendments to the Financial Institutions Act, implementing the EU directive on Deposit Guarantee Schemes into Norwegian law, without changing the coverage level. The coverage level is therefore still NOK 2 million per depositor per member bank after the new law entered into force January 1, 2019.
Will there be changes in the future?
According to the EU directive, the coverage level in EU and EEA countries should amount to 100 000 Euro. For countries with a higher coverage level a transitional period was established, applicable until the end of 2018. The Norwegian authorities are still working towards EU on keeping the NOK 2 million level, possibly extending the transitional period beyond 2018. Any change in the coverage level will require another amendment to the Financial Institutions Act. Until a possible amendment in the Financial Institution Act the coverage level will be NOK 2 million.
For further information, please contact the authorities (Ministry of Finance).
The guarantee is 2 million NOK including interest per depositor per bank. If you have more than 2 million NOK in a bank, you can open accounts in other banks, spreading your deposits.
The money in the Fund comes from contributions paid by the member banks over several years, in addition to returns on the Fund’s investments.