Shopping in Denmark

By | July 27, 2021



The following articles can be imported into Denmark duty-free by people aged 17 and over (when entering from non-EU countries):

200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco;
1 liter of spirits with an alcohol content of more than 22% or 2 liters of spirits with an alcohol content of not more than 22% or sparkling wine;
4 l table wine;
16 l of beer;
Gifts / other goods up to a total value of the equivalent of 430 € (approx. 3,250 DKK, air and sea travel) or 300 € (approx. 2,250 DKK, travel by train / car); Children under 15 years of age generally 175 € (1,300 DKK).
Import regulations

Travelers who bring meat and milk products into the EU from outside the European Union must register them. The regulation does not apply to the import of animal products from the EU countries as well as from Andorra, Liechtenstein, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland. Anyone who does not register these products must expect fines or criminal penalties.

Prohibited imports

Fresh, unprocessed food may not be imported.

There is a general import ban on live poultry, meat and meat products from third countries (with the exception of the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland).

Import / export to the EU

The movement of goods within the EU is unrestricted for travelers, provided that the goods are intended for personal use and not for resale. In addition, the goods must not have been bought in duty-free shops. Proof of personal needs can be requested from travelers. Member States have the right to impose excise duties on spirits or tobacco products when these products are not intended for personal use.

The following maximum quantities apply as personal requirements:
800 cigarettes (people aged 18 and over);
400 cigarillos (people from 18 years);
200 cigars (18+);
1 kg tobacco (people over 18 years);
10 liters of high-proof alcoholic beverages (over 22%) (people aged 16 and over);
20 liters of fortified wine (e.g. port or sherry) (less than 22%) (people aged 16 and over);
90 liters of wine (including a maximum of 60 liters of sparkling wine) (16+)
110 liters of beer (16+);
Tea, perfumes and souvenirs are unlimited when entering Denmark, a country located in Europe according to payhelpcenter. However, gold alloys and gold plating in the unprocessed state or as a semi-finished product and fuel are excluded from this. Fuel may only be imported from an EC member state exempt from mineral oil tax if it is in the vehicle’s tank or in a reserve container carried with it. A fuel quantity of up to 10 liters in the reserve tank will not be rejected.

If additional quantities of these goods are carried, z. B. a wedding an event with which a bulk purchase could be justified.
Note: There are, however, certain exceptions to the regulation of the unrestricted movement of goods. They particularly concern the purchase of new vehicles and purchases for commercial purposes. (For more information on taxes on motor vehicles, see the European Commission’s guide “Buying goods and services in the internal market”).


Duty-free sales at airports and shipping ports have been abolished for travel within the EU. Only travelers who leave the EU can shop cheaply in the duty-free shop. When importing goods into an EU country that were bought in duty-free shops in another EU country, the same travel allowances and the same travel allowance apply as when entering from non-EU countries.



Copenhagen has some very excellent shopping opportunities. The main shopping streets are Købmagergade, Østergade and Niels Hemmingsens Gad. However, it is also worth taking a look at the small side streets where many smaller shops offer their goods. In many other Danish cities, too, nicely laid out pedestrian zones with cozy cafes invite you to go shopping.

Typical Danish are z. B. Bing & Grøndal and Royal Danish porcelain, Holmegård glasses, Georg Jensen silverware, Bornholm ceramics, woolen items from the Faroe Islands and Lego building sets.

Visitors from countries outside the EU can claim the value added tax (MOMS) back if the purchased items are sent directly from the shop to their home address (purchase value at least: 3100 dkr).

Opening hours

As a rule: Mon-Thu 9 a.m.-5.30 p.m., Fri 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Every first Saturday of the month the shops are open until 4:00 p.m. / 5:00 p.m. Supermarkets are often open Mon-Fri 9 am-8pm. Some shops in the resorts also open on Sundays and public holidays.


Danes often like to pay cashless with the Dankort (chip card that is filled with credit and which only needs to be inserted into the appropriate machine for debiting at the checkout). In addition to cash (Danish kroner), you should always have your Eurocard with you, as you can pay with it almost anywhere.

In the supermarkets, the price for larger quantities of goods is often printed in large letters, the unit price is small below that.

Shopping in Denmark