Are you starting a job and your employer is asking you for your SVNR number? Well, if you don't speak German and you don't know what Sozialversicherungsnummer means, then you might be completely lost. 

So, what's a Sozialversicherungsnummer?

Fortunately it's not that difficult. Your Sozialversicherungsnummer (SVNR) is your German pension number. Everyone in Germany who is employed or has health insurance needs an SVNR. This number keeps track of what your employer is paying into your pension. This number is unique and will stay with you for all your life.

Anytime you start a new job, your employer will ask you for this number. Oftentimes, you will not be able to start at your new company until you give them your SVNR.

Read more about the SVNR on our blog.  

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