The Dannebrog (literally translated: Danish cloth) has a long tradition and an exciting history, celebrating its 800th anniversary in 2019, it’s one of the oldest flags in the world!

The story of how and where the Danish people have received the flag:

It was on June 15, 1219. King Waldemar II fought in the Battle of Lyndanisse – now Tallinn – against the heathen Estonians. When the fight was almost lost, the sky opened and a huge flag (a really huge flag) fell on the ground and destroyed the Estonians. The Danish people have received their well-known red and white flag in this way and no other way.

Today the flag is shown everywhere: at birthdays, at funerals, when picking up loved ones from the airport, for school enrollment, at weddings, for divorce – actually there is no opportunity where you cannot use the Danish flag. Many Danes seethe flag as a garland or simply a beautiful ornament.

But of course, there are a few rules:

  • the flag may not touch the ground when hoisting
  • a worn flag should be replaced immediately.
  • You cannot hoist any other flag besides the flags of the Nordic countries, the EU and the UN next to the Danish flag.

There is also a 64-page guide to the use of the flags in Denmark – the Danes love their flag.


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