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Danish Krone (DKK) - Currency Guide

In this currency guide we look at :


  1. DKK General Info
  2. DKK Recent Performance
  3. DKK Market View
  4. DKK Cross Rates

Danish Krone General Info

The three letter currency code for the Danish Krone is DKK and the symbol is kr. It is the domestic currency in Denmark, Faroe Islands and Greenland.

The Danish krone contributes to a little less than 1% of foreign exchange market volume. It is the world’s twentieth most traded currency. The krone is subdivided into 100 øre.

Denmark is one of more than twenty nations and territories which currently pegs its currency to the euro. Denmark is the largest nation to do this.

Denmark is a member of the European Union but like the UK and Sweden, among other countries, it opted out of adopting the euro upon its introduction in 1999.

As part of the ERM II mechanism, the krone is restricted to moves of 2.25% above or below a fixed euro-krone exchange rate of 7.4604. In other words, the euro-krone rate can trade only between 7.2925 and 7.6282, and it is the role of Denmark’s central bank, Danmarks Nationalbanks, to ensure this happens.

Since 2004, the EUR/DKK rate has traded well within its allowed boundaries. Several times it ventured above 7.47, but no higher, and its most dramatic fall was only to 7.42.

Against the world's reserve currency, the US dollar, the krone was historically strongest in April 2008 when USD/DKK fell to just 4.66. The krone was at its weakest in February 1985 when USD/DKK reached 12.37.

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Danish Krone - Recent Performance

The Danish krone is pegged to the euro (see General Info, above) and as such it shares the same general trading patterns and outlook as does the single currency.

Approaching the end of October, the dollar was buying 6.4 krone – the krone’s weakest level in three months. The dollar had fetched only 6.15 krone in September.

The krone weakened in late October along with the euro following the ECB’s announcement that it would proceed cautiously with the normalization of monetary policy – specifically, that there would be no “sudden end” to the bank’s quantitative easing program and a zero percent interest rate would be preserved “well past” QE’s eventual termination date.

In September, Dutch bank ABN Amro predicted EUR/USD would rise to 1.3 by the end of 2018. Given the krone’s peg to the euro, this suggests a move in the USD/DKK rate to the low 5.7s. As reasons for the euro’s (krone’s) climb, ABN cited “strong conviction” on future US dollar weakness and less stimulative ECB policy.

Medium term forecasts from Credit Agricole and Bank of America Merrill Lynch in October placed EUR/CHF between 1.18 and 1.20, and are suggestive of strength in the krone to levels between 6.2 and 6.3 per franc, from October’s rate of 6.403.


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