Flags of the World: Denmark

Denmark holds the prestigious honor of having the oldest state flag in the entire world. Legend has it that the origin of the Denmark flag dates back to the Battle of Lyndanisse, also known as the Battle of Valdemar on June 15, 1219. As the flag fell from the sky, it was believed to have been God’s gift and was named Danneberg. It has been the official flag of the Danish Empire ever since. It is hoisted on June 15 every year in order to commemorate the anniversary of this battle.

The Denmark national flag features a red field with a white Scandinavian cross, which represents the religion of Christianity as it was adopted by Nordic countries that include Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands. The red background on the Danish flag stands for the courage, valor, and strength shown by Denmark’s residents to protect the country from foreign invaders.

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