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Denmark Flag

Flag of Denmark
Flag Name(s)Dannebrog ("Danish cloth") [Flag Of Denmark]
Aspect Ratio(28:37)
Color Schemered white
Color and Design

A red field charged with a white Nordic cross that extends to the edges; the vertical part of the cross is shifted to the hoist side. Dimensions: 3:1:3 width / 3:1:4.5 to 3:1:5.25 length.

Meaning & SymbolismThis Danish flag has a very simple design that prominently features the Scandinavian cross. The meaning of the Scandinavian cross is simple, it symbolizes Christianity.
Description and Brief History

The flag of Denmark is red with a white Scandinavian cross that extends to the edges of the flag; the vertical part of the cross is shifted to the hoist side. A banner with a white-on-red cross is attested as having been used by the kings of Denmark since the 14th century. An origin legend with considerable impact on Danish national historiography connects the introduction of the flag to the Battle of Lindanise of 1219. The elongated Nordic cross reflects the use as a maritime flag in the 18th century. The flag became popular as a national flag in the early 16th century. Its private use was outlawed in 1834, and again permitted in a regulation of 1854. The flag holds the world record of being the oldest continuously used national flag.


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