Danish Word of the Day: udbetaling

Danish Word of the Day: udbetaling
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Ker-ching! It’s the Danish word of the day.

Why do I need to know udbetaling?

It’s pretty important in banking and tax, and in any situation where you might be in a position to receive money. So not a bad one to know.

So what does it mean?

Udbetaling is a combination of the preposition out (ud) and the noun for payment (betaling), signifying a payment that goes in a specific direction. Usually towards you.

An udbetaling is therefore a payment that the subject of a sentence receives (and the opposite of an indbetaling) – most commonly heard in references to wages, tax rebates or other types of money transfer.

How do I use it?

You can use udbetaling when talking about receiving money.

For example:

Vil du med ud at spise i morgen? Jeg får udbetalt løn.
Do you want to go out for dinner tomorrow? My wages are going to be paid in.

Hold da op! Jeg fik udbetalt 7.000kr fra Skat efter årsopgørelsen.
Wow! I got a 7,000 kroner tax rebate at the end of the financial year.

The word can also be used to explain practical issues such as when paydays are, whether you will be paid in arrears on starting a new job, and when deposits are returned.

Der går maksimum 30 dage fra udflytningsdato til evt. udbetaling af depositum.
Any deposit due return will be paid out no more than 30 days from the date you move out.


A slightly less technical or more informal version of udbetaling or its verb at udbetale is overførsel or at overføre, literally ‘transfer’ or ‘to transfer’.

This is more likely to refer to smaller or less critical sums of money, possible being sent between friends and family.

Vil du lægge ud, når pizzabuddet kommer? Jeg skal nok overføre halvdelen.
Will you pay when the pizza delivery guy comes? I’ll transfer half the money to you.

Du skal blot overføre 210kr om måneden for at sikre din billet til Roskilde Festival 2019.
Simply transfer 210 kroner per month to secure your ticket for the 2019 Roskilde Festival.

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