Hi. I'm looking for some tipping guidelines (who/where to tip and how much). I will be traveling to Denmark, Sweden, and Russia, so input/advice on tipping for any or all of these places will be greatly appreciated.
We do not have a tradition in Denmark to tip in restaurants and bars. But it is not looked down on if you want to tip - it is even an option to add tips if you pay by credit card. The option is mostly given because of tourist who are used to tipping - but the Danes almost never tip, as we know the waiters are well payed.
In regards to Denmark, tipping is not very common and service is always included at restaurants in taxies, at hotels etc. However at a nice restaurant, or if the service has been very good, I normally leave between 5-10%.
Your most generous tip should always go to the waiters at the restaurants who often dont get paid at all and survive mainly on what they get from customers. You are not obliged to tip anywhere but it is always appreciated (taxi drivers, doormen, cleaning lady). Anything from 10% and up is fine. I leave 25% tip to the waiters and dont bother so much anywhere else. I am a native Saint Petersburg (Russia). ^-^