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Foreign Exchange Guide to the Faroe Islands

Read this currency guide to the Faroe Islands with money transfer and travel tips.

Country Code:
Domestic Currency:
Danish krone
Symbol - Code:
kr DKK
Telephone Prefix:

This is a foreign exchange guide to the Faroe Islands, Danish krone currency news plus DKK transfers and travel tips.

In this guide we review :

  1. Danish krone info - general info about the Danish krone
  2. Danish krone in the markets - recent DKK moves and predictions from the FX markets
  3. Travelling in the Faroe Islands - currency & money saving tips
  4. Buying Danish krone cash online - travel money for the Faroe Islands
  5. Sending money to the Faroe Islands - save on Danish krone bank transfers to the Faroe Islands
  6. Danish krone exchange rates - latest & historic exchange rates.

Danish krone (DKK) general currency information

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.

What is the Danish krone currency code and symbol?

The three letter currency code for the Danish krone is DKK and the symbol is kr.

Which countries use the Danish krone?

It is the domestic currency in Denmark, Faroe Islands and Greenland.

Danish krone (DKK) in the markets

After reaching its strongest level in three years in mid-February at 5.93 to the dollar, the krone followed the euro lower (the krone is pegged to the euro), weakening to 6.3 per dollar by mid-May. The krone lost value against the greenback due to the latter currency’s recoupling with interest rate expectations. Higher US yields had pushed the dollar higher across the board.

Against sterling, the krone is little changed since September of last year. The British currency continues to buy 8.5 kroner, give or take.

Anticipating an end-of-year reduction in the level of ECB quantitative easing, Stephen Gallo of BMO Capital has predicted a summer rally in the euro – a rally that will drive the Danish krone higher. Gallo’s EUR/USD forecast of 1.30 for the first half of 2019 is suggestive of a USD/DKK rate of 5.73.

Danske Bank’s mid-August EUR/GBP forecast of 0.865 is suggestive of a GBP/DKK rate of 8.61 at the same point in time.

The interactive chart below shows the DKK to USD exchange rate for the previous 3 months with rate alerts for days when the exchange rate moved up or down significantly or for 30 day highs and lows.

DKK-USD 3 Month chart
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Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for the Faroe Islands

There are two currencies of equal value in the Faroe Islands: the Faroese króna and the Danish krone. While the Faroese government prints its own bank notes, only Danish coins are used. Danish notes are equally acceptable as Faroese notes throughout the country.There may be a few places in the major towns that accept foreign currency, but this is more likely the exception than the rule, and, unsurprisingly, the exchange rate is rarely favourable. It is possible to withdraw money with Visa, Visa-Dankort, Eurocard, MasterCard, Maestro and JCB from the many ATMs around the country.

The ATMs are often found next to bank branches and can be used outside the banks’ normal opening hours. Most shops, restaurants, petrol stations, hotels and taxis accept credit cards, mainly VISA, but other credit cards, such as MasterCard, Eurocard, Maestro and JCB, are also accepted in large stores, shopping centres and restaurants. If you decide to use currency, and you receive change in the form of Faroese notes, (coin is DKK only) get rid of them before you leave, because notes are not traded, anywhere, not even Denmark, other than at the Faroese banks.

All the taxis accept cards, the same for the busses or ferries.There are two subsea tunnels in the Faroe Islands, both of which charge a toll payment of DKK 100,- (approximately €13) for a return trip. One subsea tunnel (Vágatunnilin) connects the western island of Vágar (Airport) to the island of Streymoy (capital Tórshavn). The other sub-sea tunnel (Norðoyatunnilin) connects the northern island of Borðoy (Klaksvík) to the island of Eysturoy (Leirvík). You are only charged when driving from Vágar in Vágatunnilin, and driving from Klaksvík in Norðoyatunnilin. All major highways are paved, but some roads, especially to the smaller villages, are still gravel roads. Make sure to navigate these roads with care, as loose gravel can make driving difficult. Motorists are obliged by law to use headlights at all times, day and night. Off-road driving in the Faroe Islands is prohibited by law.

Travel money for the Faroe Islands

Save money and time by Ordering your Danish krone online from Travelex, you get better rates and can pick up the DKK cash locally or even on travel day at the airport.

Another popular option is to use a Pre-paid Travel Card. Your Debit/Credit Card provider will charge you 2% from market mid-rate, but your bank may also charge an extra 3% as an “Overseas Transaction Charge” plus “Overseas ATM” fees for withdrawing cash.

For card purchases if offered a choice of currencies always select to Pay in Danish krone otherwise you may get much worst exchange rates.

Travel Money Exchange Rates Compared

Buying DKK Cash with USD 1,000

Travelex US Online logo Travelex US Online
kr5707.50 DKK (10.73%)
Free Home Delivery when you Buy Online Travel Money & Cards with $0 commission and great exchange rates only available from Travelex Online. Zero cost for Home Delivery or pickup your foreign cash at your local Travelex store or at the airport on departure day. * Home deliveries can only be made to the registered billing address of your chosen payment method.
Price Details
Receive: kr5707.50 DKK
Exchange Rate: 5.7075
(Inverse 1DKK=USD 0.1752)
Fees: USD 0
Total Cost : 10.73% (from mid-rate: 6.3935)
Amount of money that could be received by your currency exchange at rate USD/DKK=5.7075 and inclusive of the fee of USD 0.
Rate timestamp : Wed Jul 18 2018 00:00:04 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Bank Rates - Average
kr5538.36 DKK (13.38%)
This is the average USD to DKK Buy Foreign Cash exchange rate from multiple banks, exchange kiosks and post-offices, available over the counter and via the internet.

Price Details
Receive: kr5538.36 DKK
Exchange Rate: 5.5943
(Inverse 1DKK=USD 0.1788)
Fees: USD 10 (1%)
Total Cost : 13.38% (from mid-rate: 6.3935)
Receive DKK kr169 less than with  Travelex US Online logo Travelex US Online
Amount of money that could be received by your currency exchange at rate USD/DKK=5.5943 and inclusive of the fee of USD 10 (1%).

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Sending money to the Faroe Islands

When searching around for information on how to get a good exchange rate when sending money to the Faroe Islands you need to start with finding out the latest Danish krone foreign-transfer exchange rate.

Then compare your bank's exchange rates to several licensed FX providers exchange rate and fees to see how much you can save (we make that calculation easy here).

Get a better deal for foreign transfers to the Faroe Islands

When sending money to the Faroe Islands it’s important to compare your bank’s rates & fees with those we have negotiated with our partner money transfer providers. To get a better deal you should follow these 4 simple steps :

  1. Open an account with a BER reviewed FX provider (id docs may be required)
  2. You specify the local or Danish krone amount you want to transfer
  3. Make a local currency domestic transfer for the requested amount to the provider's bank account in your country
  4. Once your funds are received by the provider the converted DKK amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in the Faroe Islands.

Use our Send to DKK calculator to compare the exchange rates of FX specialist providers rates versus your bank's standard rates you can hopefully save around 5% and maybe more - end result is more Danish krone deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!

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Sending USD 10,000 to DKK

OFX logo OFX
kr63,377 DKK (0.87%)
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Price Details
Receive: kr63,377 DKK
Exchange Rate: 6.3377
(Inverse 1DKK=USD 0.1578)
Fees: USD 0
Total Cost : 0.87% (from mid-rate: 6.3935)
This is the amount of money that could be received by your transfer at rate USD/DKK=6.3377 and inclusive of the fee of USD 0.
Rate timestamp : Wed Jul 18 2018 00:04:06 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Bank Rates - Average
kr61,389 DKK (3.98%)
This is the average USD to DKK International Transfer exchange rate and fees from multiple banks for FX rates available over the counter and also via Internet Banking.

Price Details
Receive: kr61,389 DKK
Exchange Rate: 6.1481
(Inverse 1DKK=USD 0.1627)
Fees: USD 15
Total Cost : 3.98% (from mid-rate: 6.3935)
Receive DKK kr1,988 less than with  OFX logo OFX
This is the amount of money that could be received by your transfer at rate USD/DKK=6.1481 and inclusive of the fee of USD 15.

Danish krone - exchange rates - live and historic

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DKK/USD - Danish krone to U.S. dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
08 Jul 20180.15771 Week
15 Jun 20180.15581 Month
16 Jan 20180.16486 Months
15 Jul 20170.15421 Year
15 Jul 20160.14852 Years
16 Jul 20130.17595 Years
17 Jul 20080.212510 Years

DKK/EUR - Danish krone to Euro - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
08 Jul 20180.13421 Week
15 Jun 20180.13411 Month
16 Jan 20180.13436 Months
15 Jul 20170.13451 Year
15 Jul 20160.13462 Years
16 Jul 20130.13395 Years
17 Jul 20080.134110 Years

DKK/GBP - Danish krone to British pound sterling - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
08 Jul 20180.11861 Week
15 Jun 20180.11731 Month
16 Jan 20180.11946 Months
15 Jul 20170.11781 Year
15 Jul 20160.11262 Years
16 Jul 20130.11645 Years
17 Jul 20080.106110 Years

DKK/JPY - Danish krone to Japanese yen - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
08 Jul 201817.41301 Week
15 Jun 201817.24391 Month
16 Jan 201818.18896 Months
15 Jul 201717.35731 Year
15 Jul 201615.57912 Years
16 Jul 201317.47435 Years
17 Jul 200822.536610 Years

DKK/AUD - Danish krone to Australian dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
08 Jul 20180.21201 Week
15 Jun 20180.20921 Month
16 Jan 20180.20676 Months
15 Jul 20170.19701 Year
15 Jul 20160.19602 Years
16 Jul 20130.19055 Years
17 Jul 20080.218310 Years

DKK/CAD - Danish krone to Canadian dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
08 Jul 20180.20651 Week
15 Jun 20180.20581 Month
16 Jan 20180.20476 Months
15 Jul 20170.19501 Year
15 Jul 20160.19252 Years
16 Jul 20130.18285 Years
17 Jul 20080.213210 Years