The National flag of Denmark is red with a white Scandinavian cross that extends to the edges of the flag. The vertical stripe of the cross is shifted to the hoist (left) side. The white cross on the Danish flag represents Christianity. The white color symbolizes peace and honesty and the red symbolizes strength, bravery, and hardiness. The white cross is also used by the other Nordic countries of Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Iceland.
The flag of Denmark is called the “Dannebrog”, which translates to “the cloth of the Dane”, “Danish red cloth” or “Red Flag”. Dannebrog holds the world record of being the oldest continuously used national flag. The flag dates back to the 14th Century.
There is a legend attached to the flag of Denmark. According to legend, in the year 1219 the Danish King, Valdemar II, led an attack against the pagan Estonians. His goal was to conquer them and make them Christian. The legend further states that the banner floated down from the sky into the arms of the Danish archbishop, and a voice from the skies said: “When you raise this banner against your enemies, they will yield before you”. The archbishop immediately sent a messenger with this banner to King Valdemar on the battlefield. The King waved the banner high; and this miraculous sign from heaven encouraged the Dane’s and gave them their final victory. There is, however, no historical evidence to this ancient legend. But legend or not; since that long, the Dannebrog has been the national symbol of the Dane’s even though the Dane’s were not allowed to fly the Dannebrog before 1854.
Danes are very patriotic and fly their flags on holidays, birthdays and most family celebrations. It is also flown on June 15th to celebrate the Battle of Valdemar, which was reputed to be the birth of the flag.