Charge fee in Denmark

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On a trip my wife and I made to Scandinavia in September ’08, we found that in Denmark, all charges made to a foreign credit card had an extra fee added to the total sale. This fee is to recoup the amount the vendor must pay the credit card company to process a foreign charge.

In our case, 4.75% was added to all charges made on our Visa card. This was the norm at hotels, restaurants, shops, government-operated museums — every place we went.

This happened only in Denmark. It didn’t happen in Sweden, Finland or the Netherlands.

CHARLES GREEN

Des Moines, IA

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On a trip my wife and I made to Scandinavia in September ’08, we found that in Denmark, all charges made to a foreign credit card had an extra fee added to the total sale. This fee is to recoup the amount the vendor must pay the credit card company to process a foreign charge.

In our case, 4.75% was added to all charges made on our Visa card. This was the norm at hotels, restaurants, shops, government-operated museums — every place we went.

This happened only in Denmark. It didn’t happen in Sweden, Finland or the Netherlands.

CHARLES GREEN

Des Moines, IA