Denmark
Gud, konge og fædreland - "God, King and Fatherland"
Motto of Denmark

National symbols of Denmark

Denmark, or the Kingdom of Denmark, is the country located in northern Europe which is made up of the Jutland Peninsula and more than 400 islands in the North Sea. The capital and the biggest city is Copenhagen, situated in the eastern part of the country. Danes are mostly Christians, and they speak the official language Danish. The official currency is Danish Krone, and the country code is +45, while the official domain is “.dk.”

“God, King and Fatherland” is the motto of Denmark, while the national hero is Niels Ebbesen, who was a Danish squire known for his killing of Gerhard III, Count of Holstein-Rendsburg in 1340, which ended the Holstein Rule on Denmark. Red and white are the national colors of Denmark shown on the flag that has a white cross on a red background.

The national animal of the country is the white mute swan. Daisies are the national flowers, while the European Beech is the symbolic tree of Denmark. Plus, strawberries are loved by the Danish and are the national fruit. Stegt Flæsk Med Persillesovs, fried pork belly with potatoes and parsley sauce, is considered the national dish and is a symbol of the country. Another national symbol is the Aktavit, a distilled liquor from Scandinavia. Dirndl, the national dress consists of a close-fitting bodice featuring a low neckline, a blouse worn under the bodice, a wide high-waisted skirt, and an apron. Christiansborg Palace in the capital, Copenhagen, is one of the most important national symbols of the country as it is the house of the Danish Parliament, the Danish Prime Minister’s Office, and the Supreme Court of Denmark. The palace has the executive, legislative, and judicial power all in one building.

The poet Adam Oehlenschläger and the philosopher Søren Kierkegaard are referred to as the Danish national poets. The national instrument Lur is another country symbol of Denmark along with the national dance called Danish Folk Dance which is an easy-going, gentle, and relatively easy to learn group dance. Football is the most-watched sport in the country. The mythical creature Necks are humanoid, and often shape-shifting water spirits are other significant national symbols. Lastly, the national airline is called Scandinavian Airlines.

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