Fact Sheet: The Danish motor vehicle taxes
In Denmark, two different taxes must be paid; A registration tax and an annual green owner tax. The registration tax, which is a purchase tax, was introduced already in 1910. The main purpose was to ensure that vehicle owners contribute to the public expenditures of road maintenance and construction. Today the registration tax aims to reduce the number of vehicles in Denmark. In addition, an annual weight-based tax had to be paid from 1910 until 1997.
In 1997, the green owner tax replaced the weight-based tax to provide an incentive to use vehicles with higher energy efficiency and thereby reducing environmental damage caused by cars. In 2007, the tax system was restructured to give stronger incentives to choose smaller and more energy efficient cars.