The number of registered counterfeit banknotes increased from 1,461 in 2015 to 880 in 2016. Of these, 859 were found in circulation. The remaining counterfeit banknotes are typically found in connection with police searches.
By international standards, counterfeiting of Danish banknotes remains limited.
The maximum sentence for counterfeiting is 12 years' imprisonment, which is one of the most severe penalties under the Danish Penal Code.
Advanced security features make the banknotes difficult to counterfeit. These features include the window thread with a moving wave pattern, the hologram that reflects light in different colours, the watermark and the hidden security thread that becomes visible when the banknote is held up to the light:
Windom thread Hologram Watermark Hidden thread
Large numbers of counterfeit coins are rarely seen. As with banknotes, the number of counterfeit coins seen is very low by international standards.
The maximum sentence for counterfeiting
Counterfeiting and attempted counterfeiting are criminal offences under sections 166-168 of the Danish Penal Code. The maximum sentence for counterfeiting is 12 years' imprisonment, which is one of the most severe penalties under the Penal Code. Typically, anyone convicted of manufacturing and distributing counterfeits or being an accessory to counterfeiting will receive an unsuspended prison sentence. In recent years, the longest sentences have been up to approximately 2 years in prison, and even production and distribution of just a few counterfeit banknotes had resulted in unsuspended prison sentences. For accomplices, or where mitigating circumstances have applied, the sentence has been a fine or a suspended term in prison, or dismissal of all charges. The sentence depends on the specific circumstances of the case.
The provisions of the Penal Code also apply to counterfeiting of foreign banknotes and coins.