The Flag of Denmark

The flag of Denmark, known as the Dannebrog, features a red field with a white Scandinavian cross that extends to the edges of the flag. The vertical part of the cross is shifted towards the hoist side. The design of the Dannebrog is one of the oldest flag designs in the world and is a symbol of Danish heritage and pride.

The Flag of Denmark

History

The origin of the Dannebrog is steeped in legend and history, dating back to the 13th century. According to the most famous legend, the flag fell from the heavens during the Battle of Lyndanisse on June 15, 1219, as a sign from God of his support for the Danish King Valdemar II the Victorious. This event supposedly led to a Danish victory against the Estonians. Historical records first acknowledge the flag in the 14th century, and it has been recognized as the national flag of Denmark since the 17th century. Over the centuries, the Dannebrog has become a powerful symbol of Danish identity, culture, and national pride, also influencing the design of other Nordic countries' flags.