A guide to international payments

When making a payment to another country, it’s important that you give correct information. Here‘s a guide that explains every field in the form “Betale utlandet” in our internet bank (nettbank).

Field in nettbank Explanation
Fra konto From your account. Choose the correct account, be particularly careful if you are using the wheel on your mouse.
Til konto (IBAN)

To account. IBAN (International Bank Account Number) is obligatory when you transfer money to countries in the EU/EEA. You will normally find the IBAN on the invoice or letter from the payee. View a list of IBAN and other important information regarding different countries on this page.

Please contact the payee if IBAN is missing. The payee may receive their IBAN from their bank.

IBAN og BIC IBAN and BIC. Check this box if you have both an IBAN and a BIC/SWIFT code.
Hent mottakerliste

Get list of payees. When registering an international payment, information about the payee and the receiving bank will automatically go into the list of payees in your internet bank. When paying to the same payee at a later date, name, address and bank information will appear automatically. All you have to do is enter a previously registered account number, or you can click on the icon next to ”Til konto (IBAN)”. You can also add payees in advance if you choose "Mottakere utland" from the menu "Alle tjenester". There is a limited number of 200 payees in the list. Remember to update the list whenever there is an address or name change, for instance.

If you lack some information, for instance postnummer (postal number) or adresselinje 1 or 2 (address 1 or 2), or if these details aren’t relevant for your payment, just write “.” (point) in these fields to continue.

It is important that the name you write as payee is the same as the name registered to the account number in the receiving bank.

If the name of the payee is too long to fit in the field provided, you can use the first address line (adresselinje 1) to complete the name. Write the recipient name in full, without shortening it. If you don’t have enough space, shorten the address instead.

Forfallsdato Due date. Due date is limited to 13 months from now. Fill in the date as follows: DDMM
If the time of payment is more than 12 months from now, add the year to the date as follows: DDMMYYYY 
Valutasort  Type of currency. When selecting another currency than NOK, the image will expand with a field for the equivalent value in NOK. Click on "Beregn motverdi" to calculate equivalent in NOK. Note that the exchange rate used in this calculation is not the final rate. 
Overføres i  Currency. If your payment should be transferred in another currency than what you selected in "Valutasort", select currency here. If ”Overføres i” is the same as "Valutasort", leave this field blank. Sparebanken Sør might in some cases convert into another currency if this is more conventient. 
Prioritet - normal eller hastebetaling?  Priority – normal or urgent payment. Normalbetaling: Normal payments. 3-4 banking days to EEA countries.
The transfer time might be longer for some Asian, African and South-American countries – maximum 10 banking days. Contact the bank for detailed information.
Hastebetaling: Urgent payments - 0-2 banking days, depending on which currency. See our price list regarding fees for urgent payments (hasteoverførsel SWIFT).
The payee’s account will normally be credited within 1 banking day after the recipient bank has received the amount. 
Omkostninger betales av  Costs will be paid by. When a payment is transferred between two countries, there are normally costs to be paid in both your bank and the receiving bank, and sometimes in intermediary banks. You have to select who will pay the money transfer costs in the field ”Omkostninger betales av”. If this is not specified in your agreement with the payee, we recommend that you select "Avsender betaler kun omk. i Norge" (remitter will pay costs in Norway only). This is by far the most common option. The other options translate as follows: Avsender betaler alle omkostninger = Remitter pays all costs. Mottaker betaler alle omk. etter avtale = Recipient pays all costs by agreement. See our price list.
Faks eller e-post til mottaker  Fax or e-mail to the recipient. If you want the bank to send a confimation in English to your payee, yourself or others, please write the fax number or e-mail address here. See our price list.
(Note that we always issue a complete statement available in your internet bank the next banking day.) 

Reporting to the authorities. The selections in the list "Betalingsart" (type of payment) is according to government regulations and will be sent to the Directorate of Customs and Excise. Individuals who are sending support to people abroad must select "Arv, gave, egne midler m.m." (inheritance, gift private means etc.). In addition, you must give a description in the field "Beløpet gjelder" (the amount concerns). Other options in the field translate as follows:

Kjøp/salg av varer = Purchase/sale of goods
Leie = Rent
Annet kjøp/salg av tjenester = Other purchase/sale of services
Renter = Interest
Utbytte = Dividend
Annen kapitalavkastning = Other return on investments
Kjøp/salg av fast eiendom og aktiverte rettigheter i utlandet = Purchase/sale of property and activated rights abroad
Direkteinvesteringer i aksjer mm. = Direct investment in shares etc.
Direkteinvesteringer i annen kapital = Direct investment in other investments
Porteføljeinvestering i aksjer og verdipapirfondsandeler = Portfolio investment in shares and securities
Porteføljeinvestering i obligasjoner og sertifikater = Portfolio investment in bonds and certificates
Porteføljeinvestering i derivater = Portfolio investment in derivatives
Livsforsikring/pensjon = Life insurance / pension
Andre finansinvesteringer = Other financial investments
Lønn = Salary
Arv, gave, egne midler m.m. = Inheritance, gift, private means etc.

The regulations are founded in the Foreign Exchange Register Act of 28.05.2004, and the information is used for statistical purposes and to combat crime. 

BIC/SWIFT adresse  BIC (Bank Indentifier Code) is used to identify banks in the SWIFT system (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication). BIC consists of 8 or 11 characters and is mandatory for payments to a number of countries, and always when IBAN is used. Only the SWIFT/BIC of the recipient bank must be given. Search for BIC/SWIFT here

Bank code. A bank code consists of digits and is used to identify the recipient bank in national clearing systems. The bank code must not be filled in when you are using an IBAN account number. To the USA, you must register FW + Routing Number/ABA, 9 digits (example: FW999999999).

To Canada, you must register CC + Routing Number/ABA, 9 digits (example: CC999999999).

To South-Africa, you must register ZA + Routing Number/ABA, 6 digits (example: ZA999999).

To Australia, you must register AU + Routing Number/ABA, 6 digits (example: AU999999).

More about bank codes here