Denmark Flag and Meaning

Flag of Denmark

Flag of Denmark

Denmark Flag Meaning

According to legend, the Danish flag, called Dannebrogen, fell from the skies to Valdemar Sejr’s troops during the battles at Lindanäs in Estonia during the early 13th century. It is the world’s oldest now official flag. Every year, the event is celebrated on Election Day on 15 June.

The national and trade flag has a white cross with a red background. The Swedish flag has probably taken inspiration from the Danish, but with the colors from the national coat of arms Tre kronor. The Danish flag laid the foundation for the Nordic tradition of cross flags. Historians also believe that the flag of Englandoriginates from the Danish flag as it looks exactly the same although it is inverted, with a red cross and white fields. During the time the flag was created, England was ruled by Normans, who were of Norwegian and Danish origin and it maintained close contacts with its Nordic tribesmen.

Denmark Overview

Population 5.3 million
Currency DKr
Area 43.090 km2
Capital city Copenhagen
Population density 122.9 residents/km2
HDI location 19

With an average height of 35 m above sea level, Denmark is one of the flatest and lowest-lying countries in Europe. The country is divided into a continental part – the peninsula of Jutland – as well as in islands that make up one third of the total area. The summers are relatively much characterized by the mainland climate, are warm and rainy. The soil is very intensely cultivated despite the cold winters. In addition, the country is a significant meat producer and has a considerable sea shipping. The pollution of the North Sea and the Baltic Sea by wastewater from Central, Western and Eastern Europe is quite significant.

In domestic politics, Denmark conducts the world’s most intense surveillance of its own citizens through telephone, internet and license plate surveillance. The state must therefore be characterized as a police state. Since 1999, the country has participated in 6 foreign wars (Kosova, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Syria), of which only 2 (Afghanistan and Mali) were based on Security Council resolutions. The other four were crimes against the peace, which according to the UN Charter is the most heinous crime at all. In foreign policy, the country must be characterized as a rogue state. Of the six attacked states, one (Libya) became a failed state in full resolution, while two (Iraq and Afghanistan) were in partial resolution with limited central sovereignty.

Since 2001, Denmark has evolved to become a pariastat, violating an increasing number of international conventions that have helped shape it. Denmark:

  • violates the Refugee Convention: In 2015, the bourgeois parties decided to introduce integration services for refugees. It was part of the government’s apartheid policy, where refugees and persons with Danish citizenship had to be treated differently. The UN had announced in advance that it was in breach of the Convention.
    Police have for many years administratively punished refugees for document falsification. This too is contrary to the Convention. It explicitly takes into account the fact that fake passports are necessary for the refugees and therefore prohibits states from punishing refugees for using false documents.
    In 2017, the government further tightened its policy and broke with the UN refugee quota system. No other country has done that. Denmark stands in isolation in the world.
  • violates the Convention on the Rights of the Child: Denmark, unlike all its neighboring countries, has refused to enshrine the Children’s Convention in Danish law.
    The Convention is routinely violated by the Danish authorities when they expel their parents – and the children themselves – without examining the circumstances of the children. This also applies to children who have lived their entire lives in Denmark. (Children’s Council President: Denmark does not comply with the Convention on the Rights of the Child, POV 3/8 2016)
    Children in prison are routinely sentenced to a disciplinary penalty of 1-14 days in isolation. The Convention explicitly prohibits this. The Convention on the Rights of the Child states that children may only be imprisoned as a last option, and never with adults.
    In Denmark, the incarceration of children is on the rise, despite the fact that crime among children is rapidly decreasing. In 2010, the Danish Parliament lowered the criminal low age from 15 to 14 years. DF wanted it all the way down to 12. The lowering sparked criticism from the UN, and in 2012 it was raised again to 15. In 2017, the bourgeois parties tried to lower the low age to 12, but gave up when it violated the convention.
  • violates the Disability Convention: According to the Disability Convention, applicants for citizenship are entitled to an exemption from the general requirements for passing Danish and native examinations if, with medical certificates, they can prove that they are or will not be able to pass the tests due to a long-term disability. But the Census response from late 2017 showed that in only two out of 65 cases, the NPO granted exemption, although in 64 of the cases, applicants had submitted medical certificates that due to their disability, they could not pass the tests. The disabled applicants were therefore cut off from citizenship. (New information indicates that the Folketing systematically violates the Disability Convention, Information 14/12 2017)
  • violates the Human Rights Convention: The family is one of the basic elements of the convention and the government has now allowed itself to refuse family reunification for 3 years. Turns out sick refugees; expels refugees to countries that are not safe and where the refugees are subsequently killed.
  • breaks the torture convention. Danish forces have tortured prisoners themselves and have delivered prisoners to torture. Occasionally, the Danish authorities also break the convention in Denmark when protesters are abused or detainees are prohibited from going to the toilet.

The people: 95.5% of the population is of Danish origin. In particular southern Jutland there is a smaller German minority. 1½% of the population is of Turkish origin, and there are also smaller minority communities from other Asian, African and Scandinavian countries as well as from the former Yugoslavia. With 3.5% of immigrant groups, only half the population is in Sweden.

Religion: 87.7% of the population belongs to the Protestant State Church, 60,000 are Catholics, 50,000 Muslims and 8,000 Jews.

Language: Danish (official and universal)

Political parties: Social Democracy, Left, Conservative People’s Party, Danish People’s Party, Radical Left, Progressive Party, Christian People’s Party, Center Democrats, Socialist People’s Party (SF), Unity List.

Social organizations: LO with DKK 1.4 million members organized in 22 federations, the FTF (Association of Officials and Officials) with 360,000 members and AC (Academics Central Organization) with 97,000 members.

Official name: Kingdom of Denmark.

Administrative division: 14 counties, Frederiksberg and Copenhagen municipalities.

Capital: Copenhagen 1,339,395 residents (1994)

Other important cities: Aarhus, 274,535 residents; Odense, 181,824; Aalborg, 158,000 (1994).

Government: Constitutional Monarchy. Margrethe II has been the queen of the country since 1972. Prime Minister since June 2019 is Mette Frederiksen.
Parliament (Parliament) has one chamber with 179 members, including 2 from Greenland and 2 from the Faroe Islands.
The state’s pursuit of apartheid policies towards refugees and immigrants has, since the beginning of the 21st century, led to widespread international criticism from UN and Human Rights organizations due to Denmark’s breach of international conventions.

Political prisoners: For the first time since World War II, Denmark got political prisoners again in 2006. In 2008 there were 4-5 political prisoners in Danish prisons. Most Muslims, including the “bookseller from Brønshøj”, Said Mansour, who in 2006 received 3 years in prison for selling Arab splatter films. In 2008, the only ethnic Danish political prisoner was Frank Grevil, who, as a member of the Defense Intelligence Service, revealed that in 2003 the Danish government led both the Folketing and the Danish population behind the allegations of weapons of mass Iraq. In September 2008, in a political trial, the Østre Landsret sentenced 6 Danes to prison for 2-6 months for selling T-shirts in favor of PFLP and FARC. They fall into the Amnesty International category: prisoners of conscience. In June 2011, the Copenhagen City Court sentenced 72-year-old Anton Nielsen to six months’ imprisonment, of which the two were unconditional, for having also supported the FARC and PFLP resistance movements. Anton Nielsen was chairman of the Horserød-Stutthof association, which organizes the political prisoners handed down by the Danish authorities during World War II to the Nazi occupying power. 70 years after Anton Nielsen’s own father Martin Nielsen was a political prisoner in Horserød he now had to sit in Horserød himself – because of the same ideals for democracy and freedom.

National Day: June 5 (Constitution Day)

Armed Forces: 33,100 (1995)

Colonies: Greenland, Faroe Islands

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