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In the U.S. tipping is customary and expected for everything from lackluster to outstanding service. It is an etiquette which is ingrained in all trades, from wait staff at restaurants to our baristas, valets, cab drivers, porters, and many more trades. In Denmark tipping is not as habitual, and it is not part of their culture. This can leave some travelers confused. In Denmark, tipping is a kind gesture and appropriate in some situations, but never expected. If you are truly impressed by the service, you are welcome to tip and most often it is much appreciated and well received.

This guide attempts to cover most situations that you, as a tourist, will encounter. Hopefully using these `tips` will provide a smooth experience when interacting with locals in restaurants, bars, hotels, tour operators, and taxis.

Currency: Can I pay in U.S. dollars, or should I use the Danish Krone (DKK)?

The currency of Denmark is the Danish Krone, written DKK. Some shops catering to tourists will accept payment in Euros but not U.S. dollars. Once you`re in Denmark you`ll need to use the Danish Krone in most all places.

Restaurants, Cafes, and Bars: When should I tip? How much is customary?

In general it`s not customary to tip in Denmark, however it is also not illegal or rude to tip in these places either. According to Danish law, any service charge (including gratuity) needs to be included in the restaurant`s price for menu items. However, there are still times where you should leave a gratuity; it all depends on the service and if the service charge is included or not. Often times you will find that many bills already have the service charge added into the total. If there isn`t a service charge and the service was exceptional, or if you are dining at a very nice restaurant you can leave a tip, 10% is typically the standard to go by.

Hotel Staff: Who should I tip?

Tipping in hotels in Denmark is not customary; the services are included in your bill. However, you are welcome to leave a small tip for your maid or bellman, they would be appreciative but do not expect it, and the same would be true for other services around the hotel.

Taxi Drivers: Should I tip?

Tipping cab drivers is unusual and never expected in Denmark. The price of the ride will cover any service charge. However, if the taxi driver was particularly helpful tipping etiquette dictates that you should round up a bit to the nearest krone and let the taxi driver keep the change.

Tour Guides: Is a tip required?

Tipping tour guides is not expected in Denmark. However, if you had an exceptional experience and felt you wanted to express your appreciation to your tour guide, you can tip him or her as little or as much as you desire. Any tip amount would be appreciated.

Final Thoughts:

Remember it is perfectly okay to abstain, especially if you are not happy with the service provided. Unlike in the US, waiters, tour guides, hotel staff, etc. are paid a decent wage, and tipping is not the standard practice. Service is built into the system and service charges are already included in the prices.