Pølsevogn at Nørrebro in Copenhagen.

Pølsevogn is a Danish word literally meaning "sausage wagon". Pølsevogn are hot dog stands selling Danish style hot dogs and sausages as street food. While sometimes mobile, many are, despite their names, permanent structures. They are equipped with a small kitchen, boilers, an external desk and room for a pølsemand (sausage-man) preparing and selling hot dogs to passing customers.[1] Pølsevogn are numerous across Denmark and are popular among Danes and tourists alike.

The food

Apart from Danish style hot dogs, sausage-wagons also sell a variety of sausages (pork almost exclusively), and many also offers other types of Danish barbecue fast food like bøfsandwich, fransk hotdog and pølse i svøb and beverages like chocolate milk, soft drinks, coffee or beer. The mustard served in Denmark is strong, unsweetened and less sour than what you encounter elsewhere, and hot dogs and sausages also come with ketchup, Danish remoulade and a sweet soft bun. Danish style hot dogs has some regional variety. In most places they are served with pickled cucumbers, while other places serve them with pickled red cabbage.[2][3]

The immigration and gradual integration of immigrants have also influenced this Danish tradition and resulted in a Halal Pølsevogn being opened in Nørrebro, Copenhagen.[4]

Outside Denmark

Danish themed hot dog stands can be found in more and more countries throughout the world.[5] 130 pølsevogne exist in Russia alone. Other countries with Pølsevogne include Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and as far away as Singapore. Many of these exist due to large Danish permanent or tourist community. Pølsevogne have also been known to travel with Danish groups to events like the Le Mans 24-hour race.[6]

Some Pølsevogne have made trips to and within other countries, including a cross-country trip through the United States, collecting money for charity, and a 2213 km Copenhagen-Paris trip, as part of bet with a main supplier of hot dog buns.

Motor and tow bar on a mobile pølsevogn. 
A pølsevogn in Sønderborg. 
A pølsevogn in the city center of Kolding. 
A stationary pølsevogn in Aarhus 


  1. "Historien om den danske pølsevogn" (in Danish). Fætter Guf. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  2. Hawk Krall. "Hot Dog of the Week: Danish Hot Dog". seriouseats.com. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
  3. Marianne Søndergaard (10 July 2014). "Danske hotdogs hitter i New York [Danish hot dogs is a hit in New York]". foodculture.dk (in Danish). Retrieved 5 April 2016.
  4. Villesen, Kristian (7 November 2002). "McAllah på Nørrebro" (in Danish). Dagbladet Information. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  5. Beck, Rasmus Thirup (15 January 2012). "Pølsevognen har fået renæssance - i Sydkorea". Politiken. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  6. Posselt, Fanny (2010). Verdens mest berejste pølsevogn (PDF). Aarhus Entrepreneurship Centre, Aarhus Universitet. p. 52.
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