Denmark Flag Meaning & Details


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 Denmark Flag
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  • red with a white cross that extends to the edges of the flag

  • the vertical part of the cross is shifted to the hoist side

  • the banner is referred to as the Dannebrog (Danish flag) and is one of the oldest national flags in the world

  • traditions as to the origin of the flag design vary, but the best known is a legend that the banner fell from the sky during an early-13th century battle

  • caught up by the Danish king before it ever touched the earth, this heavenly talisman inspired the royal army to victory

  • in actuality, the flag may derive from a crusade banner or ensign

    note: the shifted cross design element was subsequently adopted by the other Nordic countries of Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden

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     Source: CIA - The World Factbook


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