Numbers in Danish

Learn numbers in Danish

Knowing numbers in Danish is probably one of the most useful things you can learn to say, write and understand in Danish. Learning to count in Danish may appeal to you just as a simple curiosity or be something you really need. Perhaps you have planned a trip to a country where Danish is the most widely spoken language, and you want to be able to shop and even bargain with a good knowledge of numbers in Danish.

It's also useful for guiding you through street numbers. You'll be able to better understand the directions to places and everything expressed in numbers, such as the times when public transportation leaves. Can you think of more reasons to learn numbers in Danish?

North Germanic language of the Indo-European family, Danish (dansk) is the official language of Denmark and cooficial in the Faroe Islands (with Faroese), and is also spoken in Greenland and Schleswig-Holstein (Germany). It counts about 5.6 million speakers.

List of numbers in Danish

Here is a list of numbers in Danish. We have made for you a list with all the numbers in Danish from 1 to 20. We have also included the tens up to the number 100, so that you know how to count up to 100 in Danish. We also close the list by showing you what the number 1000 looks like in Danish.

  • 1) en
  • 2) to
  • 3) tre
  • 4) fire
  • 5) fem
  • 6) seks
  • 7) syv
  • 8) otte
  • 9) ni
  • 10) ti
  • 11) elleve
  • 12) tolv
  • 13) tretten
  • 14) fjorten
  • 15) femten
  • 16) seksten
  • 17) sytten
  • 18) atten
  • 19) nitten
  • 20) tyve
  • 30) tredive
  • 40) fyrre
  • 50) halvtreds
  • 60) tres
  • 70) halvfjerds
  • 80) firs
  • 90) halvfems
  • 100) hundred
  • 1,000) et tusind
  • one million) en million
  • one billion) en milliard
  • one trillion) en billion

Numbers in Danish: Danish numbering rules

Each culture has specific peculiarities that are expressed in its language and its way of counting. The Danish is no exception. If you want to learn numbers in Danish you will have to learn a series of rules that we will explain below. If you apply these rules you will soon find that you will be able to count in Danish with ease.

The way numbers are formed in Danish is easy to understand if you follow the rules explained here. Surprise everyone by counting in Danish. Also, learning how to number in Danish yourself from these simple rules is very beneficial for your brain, as it forces it to work and stay in shape. Working with numbers and a foreign language like Danish at the same time is one of the best ways to train our little gray cells, so let's see what rules you need to apply to number in Danish

  • Digits and numbers from zero to twelve are specific words: nul [0], en [1], to [2], tre [3], fire [4], fem [5], seks [6], syv [7], otte [8], ni [9], ti [10], elleve [11], and tolv [12].
  • From thirteen to nineteen, the numbers are formed from the matching unit digits, adding a form of the word for ten (ten) at the end: tretten [13], fjorten [14], femten [15], seksten [16], sytten [17], atten [18], and nitten [19].
  • The modern (abbreviated) tens are: ti [10], tyve [20], tredive [30], fyrre [40], halvtreds [50], tres [60], halvfjerds [70], firs [80], and halvfems [90].
  • From twenty-one to ninety-nine, the tens and units are joined with the word og (and) with no space, the unit being said before the ten (e.g.: niogtyve [29], fireogtredive [34]).
  • Hundreds are formed by stating the multiplier digit before the word for hundred (hundred, plural hundrede), except for one hundred where it is optional: (et) hundred [100], to hundrede [200], tre hundrede [300], fire hundrede [400], fem hundrede [500], seks hundrede [600], syv hundrede [700], otte hundrede [800], and ni hundrede [900].
  • Thousands are formed the same way as hundreds, i.e. by stating the multiplier digit before the word for thousand (tusind, plural tusinde): et tusind [1,000], to tusinde [2,000], tre tusinde [3,000], fire tusinde [4,000], fem tusinde [5,000], seks tusinde [6,000], syv tusinde [7,000], otte tusinde [8,000], and ni tusinde [9,000].
  • The Danish language uses the long scale for big numbers where every new word greater than a million is one million times bigger than the previous term. Thus, the word for million being million (plural: millioner) or 106, we get milliard (109, the US billion), billion (1012), billiard (1015)…
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