Kickstarter in Scandinavia and Ireland!

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We’re so excited to announce that Kickstarter is now available to creators in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Ireland — four countries with amazing cultural histories and creative populations. From LEGO to Röyksopp to The Seventh Seal to James Joyce, these countries have contributed some amazing stuff to our world. We can’t wait to see what’s next!

Starting now, people in Scandinavia and Ireland can start building their projects here. On October 21, those projects can be launched to the public. We’ll send an email that day letting everyone know when exactly they can click the launch button.

Here’s how it will work:

So Scandinavian and Irish creators can start building their Kickstarter projects as early as today, and launch them beginning in October? 

Yes. We thought a few weeks would give everyone plenty of time to build and tweak their projects — film a great video, develop awesome rewards — before launching.

Will there be a Scandinavia-specific or Ireland-specific Kickstarter site? 

Nope — Scandinavian and Irish projects will join the worldwide community of Kickstarter projects. But if you only want to see projects from home, you can search Kickstarter by location!

Can people outside Scandinavia and Ireland pledge to Scandinavian and Irish projects? 

Yes! As with all other projects on Kickstarter, backers can pledge to projects no matter where they are.

What currency will Scandinavian and Irish projects be listed in? 

Local currency for everyone! Danish kroner, Swedish kronor, Norwegian kroner, and the euro in Ireland. You can use your local banking and business details, and if your project is successfully funded, pledges will be collected in your local currency and transferred to you.

What payment methods are accepted for pledges? 

Right now, pledges can be made with any Visa, MasterCard, or American Express card.

What language should my project be in? 

Use whatever language works best for your project. But we do recommend that all projects also include an English version of their description, rewards, and other important elements. Kickstarter is a global community, and including translations will definitely help your project have a wider appeal. It also makes it easier for us to help you and your backers if a problem comes up.

What are the fees? 

Kickstarter only collects a fee when a project is successfully funded. If that happens, we charge 5%. The partners that process payments for us also charge a fee, which varies depending on where you’re located. For more info, see here. If a project is not successfully funded, there are no fees.

Who can launch a project? 

Almost anyone! You need to be at least 18 years old, and you should be a permanent resident of a country where Kickstarter has launched. You have to start the project in your own name, or on behalf of a legal entity with a valid business number. And you’ll need things like a mailing address, bank account, identification, and a major credit or debit card.

What about taxes? 

In general, funds raised on Kickstarter are subject to taxes. That said, how much you owe can vary based on a number of factors. We highly recommend talking to an accountant or tax advisor. They can guide you through your particular tax scenario in the most advantageous way possible.

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    1. Panagiotis Grigoropoulos on

      Nice! But we kinda want Kickstarter to come to Greece too ;)

    2. Mikko Zitting
      Superbacker
      on

      Well done Kickstarter!!!! More countries, more successful projects. Living in Finland, just next to Sweden, I hope KS will launch here too in few months. ASAP please!

    3. Aleksei Prokopov on

      all of the rest of Europe is waiting

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      Robert Lonn on

      Excited about this. I know it is not a competition(or is it:-)) but I have high hopes that Sweden will produce some unique companies this way.

    5. Michael Armbruster on

      Hopefully the rest of Europe follows in the near future...

    6. Paul Sponagl on

      Any plans for supporting Germany ?

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      Kimmo Vilhunen on

      Mikko, they can't launch in Finland before they change our law to allow collecting money via crowdfunding.

    8. Linus Forsell on

      Great news, thank you!

    9. Maurizio D'Addetta on

      What about the rest of europe?

    10. Daniel & Christian Stenta on

      Hey Kickstarter´s,

      we are ready and waiting in GERMANY for you too launch Kickstarter here.....please give us in Germany also the opportunity to show our ideas to the world.
      THANK YOU SO MUCH IN ADVANCE
      Greetings to all over the world from the the country of poets and thinkers.

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      Juha M. on

      Finland's laws are strange yes, but we have for example already some sites like mesenaatti.me that is a Finnish crowdfunding site for projects. So should not be that impossible for Kickstarter to come also?

    12. Vincent Pompetti / Pegasus & co on

      cool ! now we're waiting for France !

    13. Miska Fredman on

      In Finland you have to basically sell something through crowdfunding, so you can't just collect money from people. That's regulated by law and requires a permit to do. On the other hand, anyone can sell (or pre-sell) their products.

    14. Mikko Zitting
      Superbacker
      on

      If I have understood it right in Finland we do have the Fundraising Act which denies to collect or to raise money without permit and WITHOUT compensation. But if one gives a some kind of compensation in every plegde the Fundraising Act does not apply anymore because one is then selling something and not merely raising money. In my opinion it's different then.

    15. Ed Dulles on

      WTF? Why not ITALY as well?? I mean, is there any country that does not like capital investment?

      Kickstarter, perhaps you could explain why certain countries in Europe are NOT yet included. Is it legal / taxes? Problems with Amazon Payments?

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      Maiken Harris on

      Super duper so pleased have been waiting for this
      With happiness from Denmark

    17. Michalis Hajipanayis on

      I would give priority to struggling countries. Scandinavia poof.. They have the highest standard of living and a gov't that takes care of all their needs. Try Greece, Portugal, Egypt and many more.

    18. Ahabwe Mugerwa Michael on

      How about Africa? Uganda?

    19. satina on

      Followed kickstarter for years when I lived in the USA. Now back in home country Australia. PLEASE bring Kickstarter to Australia next. In gratitude for the AMAZING idea of Kickstarter.

    20. Michael McGregor on

      @satina we are available in Australia! you can see all projects from Aussie creators right here: https://www.kickstarter.com/discover/countries/AU

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      katysei on

      Can't understand why kickstarter insist on very limited countries availability.

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      Pradip Savaliya on

      Come in India. India will give you many project creators.

    23. DEAN on

      Hi Kickstarter, what method is used selecting a country, seeing South Africa is in the top 3 countries regarding new inventions!!! Try and get us up and running with the new countries starting October. Thanx

    24. Game Design House on

      What about coming over to Asian countries? We have quite a few projects here and is looking forward to joining this community..

    25. 3KOF® on

      +1 on the rest of Europe. (Austria) waiting...

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      Augusto Giovanelli on

      When in Italy?? I'm really waiting for!! What need to start here? In my country Kickstarter "paradigma" would become a way to push up such a very "dead" old style economy!

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      Fabio on

      When in Italy?????? A lot of start-up are waiting for this included mine :)

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      tam on

      Is it going to happen in India ? Waiting for this...
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      Conan Barbarian on

      Dear katysei, Kickstarter doesn't insist on limiting countries where Kickstarter is available.

      It is because of LEGISLATION in those countries.

      You can help by contacting your representatives and demanding they rewrite legislation so that Kickstarter (and other such services) will become LEGAL in the eyes of law.

      Don't be daft, be active!

    31. Anshulika Dubey on

      Projects in India can be submitted at www.wishberry.in

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      Jarkko Hautakorpi on

      In Finland it is illegal to collect money via donations, but it is OK for our ministers and politicians to steal money and circumvent taxes. The work is on the way to change this by these organizations
      www.facebook.com/pages/Kyllä-Itsenäisyydelle-kansanliike/548757355201842
      www.ipu.fi

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      Mireille Lucas on

      What about Belgium? Is it available here?

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      Gary on

      Hi
      What about Africa (South Africa) this would be a great opportunity to in prove the standard of living in Africa as majority of people live in tin shacks and have no electricity or water. I’m thinking projects with solar power as the weather is great this side. The exchange rate $1 = 11 rands, so $10 000 =+- R100 000, it is a lot of money. We just need a platform and a little funding to get started.

    35. Eeppi Nieminen on

      When can we expect to Kickstart in Finland?

    36. Wolfgang Gumpelmaier-Mach on

      I'd have some projects from clients only waiting for you guys to launch in Germany (and Austria) :-)

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      Peter Koppendorfer on

      München is waiting !
      Thanks to KICKSTARTER

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      Priit Norak on

      Great job! Getting closer to Estonia and Finland. Hope to find those two countries and the rest of Baltics in the list also.

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    40. Bo Belvedere Christensen on

      Help is needed! I know this is not a support site, but I couldn't find such one.
      I am from Denmark and I created a profile and a project. When I got to specifying my account for the project I was transferred to Amazon which believed I was american and required an american address in order to recieve my account information.
      Therefore it is impossible for me to complete my information and receive funding for my project. What is wrong?
      Please help!

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      Toomas on

      Estonia! I hope all the best for Kickstarter, after all we are really waiting for it, to open our minds. I don't know if it's healthy to keep my explosive ideas only in my head! Estonia is a little country, but we think big...thanks for the good news... aren't we Scandinavian too...?

    42. Dennis Lehmann & Lasse Bak Mejlvang on

      Hey.

      Is it really not possible to change the currency from Danish kroner to Euros? I am afraid people are gonna run away screaming from the weird amount of money asked for in kroner...

      Thanks for an awesome site!

    43. Vital Lacerda on

      Spain projects are alive. What about Portugal?

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    46. Jim Pluff on

      Finland is a part of Scandinavia. For the title i wish they just said 'Kickstarter in Ireland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden,' instead of 'Kickstarter in SCANDINAVIA and Ireland.' That got my false hopes up. I'm an American recently living in Finland. Too bad...

    47. Jim Pluff on

      Ok, never mind, I guess geographically Finland is not considered Scandinavia.