Tipping in restaurants in the Nordic Countries 

When referring to Nordic countries we mean those that encompass the most northern regions of Europe: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway & Sweden. In general, tipping in these countries is fairly conservative and not a mandatory requirement as such. Waiting staff wages are high in comparison to most other European countries meaning that there is less emphasis on tips to supplement salaries. In addition, most meals will automatically have service charge included in the price, meaning there are no extra hidden costs you need to account for. But whilst tipping is not necessary, it certainly isn’t uncommon either. 

How much to tip in a restaurant in Denmark?

Across Denmark tipping is not necessarily expected. Most restaurants are required to include any service charge, or tip, in the final bill that you receive. That being said, tipping is not frowned upon. So, if you decide the service you received justifies a bit extra you won’t hear a complaint from the waiting staff. If you’re unsure how much to tip (should you want to), tip up to 10% depending on how you rated the service you received. 

Tipping in Finnish restaurants

Similarly to Denmark, the Finns do not expect a tip, but it is always welcomed. Most restaurants will incorporate a service charge in the menu so that there is no hidden cost. If you decide you don’t want to tip, nothing will be made of it. However, if you do want to tip, then tipping up to 10% of the total bill is the norm.  

Leaving a gratuity for food in Iceland

Following the trend of the other Nordic countries, tipping in Iceland is not expected. However, nor is it considered rude which is a common misconception. It’s entirely up to you whether you want to tip or not. Often a gratuity of 10% will have been added to the bill, however if it hasn’t been, then tipping 10% is a welcome gesture if you think the food and service was worthy a tip. 

How much do you tip in Norway when eating out?

As is with all the Nordic countries, waiting staff get paid pretty well, so tipping is less common on the whole. Norway is no different and tipping is not expected. However, should you decide you want to tip, anything in the region of 5-10% of the total bill will be welcomed. Most tips will get shared out amongst all the staff, including the chef, not just the staff member who served you.

What is the tip percentage for Swedish restaurants?

Rounding up the Nordic countries is Sweden. As with its northern neighbours, waiting staff get paid well and do not rely on tips to enjoy a good salary. Therefore, tipping is not required, however it certainly isn’t unwelcome. If your meal is worthy of a tip then tipping between 5-10% of your meal is considered adequate.