Learn Danish Numbers the Right Way

By OptiLingo • 4 minutes read

Learn Danish numbers and the counting system

Numbers are a crucial part of life. So, when you’re learning Danish, you need to master counting in Danish to become fluent. Luckily, Danish numbers aren’t complicated. With these straightforward charts, you can learn Danish numbers from 1 to a trillion easily.

Danish Numbers 1-20

How do you count to 10 in Danish? Well, Danish numbers between 0 and 20 are pretty straightforward. Although their spelling and pronunciation is unique, you may be able to see some similarities between English and Danish when it comes to counting. The letters in Danish numbers 1-10 often start with the same letters in English. And just like the English “-teen”, Danish numbers 13-19 get the “-ten” ending. 

Numeral

Danish

0
nul
1
en
2
to
3
tre
4
fire
5
fem
6
seks
7
syv
8
otte
9
ni
10
ti
11
ellevu
12
tolv
13
tretten
14
fjorten
15
femten
16
seksten
17
sytten
18
atten
19
nitten
20
tyve

To hear the pronunciation of 0-20 in Danish, here’s a useful video.

Danish Numbers 20-30

When it comes to numbers in Danish between 20 and 30, the logic changes a tiny bit. You start with your numbers 1-9, and you add og + tyve for the twenties. Just like in German, the Danish count the ones first, and then add the tens. The literal translation of 23 for example would be “three and twenty” in Danish (treogtyve). Once you get used to this counting in Danish becomes easy. 

Numeral
Danish
20
tyve
21
enogtyve
22
toogtyve
23
treogtyve
24
fireogtyve
25
femogtyve
26
seksogtyve
27
syvogtyve
28
otteogtyve
29
niogtyve
30
tredive

To hear Danish numbers between 20 and 30, use this handy video:

The Danish Counting System

In English, the counting system is based on tens. In Danish however, their counting logic goes by the 20s (just like in French). This becomes evident from 50 onwards. “Halvtreds” is kind of “halfway to the third twenty”. 60 is “third twenty”, and 80 is “fourth twenty”. By this logic, 70 is “halfway to the fourth twenty”. This seems very confusing at first. But, there’s a simple trick to learning the Danish counting system easily. 

Simply stop doing maths. While the logic of the etymology of Danish numbers is fascinating, when you’re learning Danish, it will just confuse you. Take the Danish word for 50 at face value: “halvtreds”. That’s the way you say fifty. Just like in English, where you don’t think of “fifty” as “five tens”. 

If this is still confusing for you, the video below this chart can help explain the Danish counting logic easily.

Numeral
Danish
30
tredive
40
fyrre
50
halvtreds [(3-½) x 20]
60
treds [3 x 20]
70
halvfjerds [(4-½) x 20]
80
firs [4 x 20]
90
halvfems [(5-½) x 20]
100
et hundrede

Danish Numbers Above 100

Danish numbers after a hundred become familiar again. The only thing you should watch out for is a billion. Funnily enough, “en billion” is not a billion. It’s actually a trillion in Danish. The word for billion in Danish is “milliard”.

Numerals
Danish
100
et hundrede
200
tohundrede
300
trehundrede
1,000
tusind
2,000
totusinde
1 million
en million
1 billion
en milliard
1 trillion
en billion

Danish franctions are important to telling time.

Danish Fractions

Knowing how to say “half” or “quarter” in Danish is crucial, especially when it comes to telling time in Danish. Unlike in English, when you say “half two” in Danish, it doesn’t mean 2:30 (half past two). Instead, it’s 1:30 (halfway to two). This is similar to the counting logic in Danish.

Fractions
Danish Fractions
half
en halv
third
en tredjedel
quarter
en kvart

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