First-class letters (A-breve) will jump from the current ten kroner to 19 kroner ($2.84, 2.55 euros) on the first day of 2016, Post Danmark has announced.
“We understand that the price increase is very significant but it reflects the costs of a letter that needs to quickly reach its destination,” Henning Christensen, the head of PostNord Danmark, told the Ritzau news agency.
Christensen said that post volume has fallen dramatically in recent years. The number of A-class letters, which are guaranteed to reach their domestic destination by the next day, have dropped by 82 percent since 1999.
Today, the average Danish household sends fewer than four A-letters per year. The volume drop among the cheaper B-letters has not been quite as significant.
“Letters as urgent communication don't amount to much in the world's most digital society, but packages, logistics and letters that take longer time to arrive still do. And that is what we will focus on in the future,” Christensen said.
B-class letters will increase from the current seven kroner to eight kroner on January 1, while letters to Europe will jump from 14.50 (A-class) and 12.50 (B-class) kroner to 25 and 16 kroner, respectively. Letters to countries outside of the EU will cost 30 kroner (A-class) and 19 kroner (B-class).
By comparison, the new prices mean that it will cost nearly three times as much to send a letter across Copenhagen ($2.84) than it would to send a letter from the United States to Denmark ($1.15 for a first-class international stamp).