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How to write a Danish postcard Posted by on Aug 31, 2018 in Uncategorized

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Writing a postkort (postcard) can be a great way to practice your language skills. It’s also a nice way to show people you think about them. While firing off a digital message is quicker, receiving a postcard is funnier, and most people will appreciate the extra effort…

Postkort (postcards) are sold in many different places in Denmark, typically in a boghandel (bookstore) or souvenirbutik (souvenir shop). When in doubt, you can ask things like:
Har I postkort? (Have you got postcards?)
Hvor kan man købe postkort? (Where can one buy postcards?)
Har I frimærker? (Have you got stamps?)

Heldigvis (fortunately), there are no rules for postcards – you can write (or doodle!) whatever you want. Still, they typically do include a date/location, an intro greeting to the receiver, and an outro greeting from you. Here’s an example:

Møn, 31. august 2018

Hej Dennis!
Hvordan går det? Jeg håber I har det godt. 🙂
Jeg nyder strandlivet. Vejret er dejligt og mine danske venner har vist mig Møns Klint. I aften skal vi grille og og hygge os i haven.
Vi ses!

Kram fra Anne

(Hi Dennis!
How are you? I hope you guys are doing fine.
I’m enjoying beach life. The weather is lovely and my Danish friends have shown me Møns Klint [a famous cliff]. Tonight we’re going to grill and have a good time in the garden.
See you!
Hugs from Anne)

Some points to notice:
• Danish dates usually follow the sequence day-month-year (in the above example it could also be written as 31/8 2018)
Hej is an easy-going word. If you want to be more intimate OR formal, go for Kære… (Dear…)
• There are many ways to end a postcard. If hugging is not your style, you could go for venlig hilsen (friendly greetings), kærlig hilsen (”loving greetings”), or just hilsen (greetings) – like this: Hilsen Anne (Greetings [from] Anne).

A red postkasse (letter box) for your postcard is never far away in Denmark. Frimærker (stamps) are typically bought at the postal service section of larger supermarkets. (Please note that stamps have become quite expensive in Denmark, so don’t be too shocked if the portage ends up costing you more kroner than the card itself…) Held og lykke! (Good luck!) 🙂

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About the Author: Bjørn A. Bojesen

I was born in Denmark, but spent large parts of my childhood and study years in Norway. I later returned to Denmark, where I finished my MA in Scandinavian Studies. Having relatives in Sweden as well, I feel very Scandinavian! I enjoy reading and travelling, and sharing stories with you! You’re always welcome to share your thoughts with me and the other readers.