Denmark National Anthem

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Anthem History

Denmark has two national anthems with equal status; "Der er et yndigt land," adopted 1844, is a national anthem, while "Kong Christian," adopted 1780, serves as both a national and royal anthem; "Kong Christian" is also known as "Kong Christian stod ved hojen mast" (King Christian Stood by the Lofty Mast) and "Kongesangen" (The King's Anthem); within Denmark, the royal anthem is played only when royalty is present and is usually followed by the national anthem; when royalty is not present, only the national anthem is performed; outside Denmark, the royal anthem is played, unless the national anthem is requested

Anthem Lyrics

Der er et yndigt land


orig. tekst af Adam Oehlenschläger

oversat til engelsk af

Peter Ravn Rasmussen

Der er et yndigt land,

Det står med brede bøge

Nær salten østerstrand;

Det bugter sig i bakke, dal,

Det hedder gamle Danmark,

Og det er Frejas sal,

Der sad i fordums tid

De harniskklædte kæmper,

Udhvilede fra strid;

Så drog de frem til fjenders mén,

Nu hvile deres bene

Bag højens bavtasten,

Det land endnu er skønt,

Thi blå sig søen bælter,

Og løvet står så grønt;

Og ædle kvinder, skønne mø'r,

Og mænd or raske svende

Bebo de danskes øer.

Hil drot og fædreland!

Hil hver en danneborger,

Som virker, hvad han kan!

Vort gamle Danmark skal bestå,

Så længe bøgen spejler

Sin top i bølgen blå.

Anthem Lyrics English

A lovely land is ours

A lovely land is ours

With beeches green about her

Encircled by the sea

Her hills and vales are manifold

Her name, of old, is Denmark

And she is Freya's home

In days of long-ago

This land was home to heroes

From war they rested here

Then forth they went, to smite the foe

Now to their graves they've gone

Among the barrow-stones

This land is yet so fair

Her waters yet so blue

And green are still her leaves

And noble ladies, maidens fair,

And men and able lads

Still dwell on Danish soil

Hail Sovereign, hail Home!

Hail every Dane who labours

To do his very best

Our ancient Denmark shall abide,

While yet the waves reflect

The beeches in their blue

Denmark Flag

Flag Date of Adoption 1625
Flag Symbolism The flag of Denmark 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, and that design element of the Dannebrog (Danish flag) was subsequently adopted by the other Nordic countries of Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden

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