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To start off our list of weird and wonderful (country) facts, here are five facts about Denmark.
1 | Viking
The word “Viking” probably comes from the Old Norse word vik (creek) and seems to mean “men of the creeks,” or sea warriors from the inlets and bays of Scandinavia. The Danes and Norwegians were known to mainly raid Britain and the French coast, although some Vikings traveled round the coast of Spain into the Mediterranean and others went to the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and Iceland.
2 | The Jelling Stone
The larger of Denmark’s two Jelling stones is known as “Denmark’s Birth Certificate.” It was erected in A.D. 965 by Harald I (Harald Blåtand) in honor of his parents, King Gorm the Old (Gorm den Gamle) and Queen Thyra. The inscription on the stone contains the first written record in which the word “Denmark” appears.
3 | The Danish monarchy
The Danish monarchy is the oldest continuing monarchy in the world and has existed for over 1,000 years.
4 | Copenhagen
Copenhagen was a fishing colony until 1157 when Valdemar the Great (Valdemar den Store) gave it to Bishop Absalon, who built a castle on what is now Christiansborg. It was originally called Købmændenes havn (Merchants’ Harbor) and eventually became København (Copenhagen). In the 15th century, Copenhagen became the royal residence and capital of Denmark and Sweden.
5 | Dannebrog
Denmark’s national flag, the Dannebrog (the flag of the Danes), is the oldest flag in the world still in use by an independent nation, having been acknowledged in 1219. According to legend, the Dannebrog fell from the sky during an early 13th-century battle, and the Danish king caught it before it touched the ground, which rallied the Danish troops to victory.
Post inspired by Random Facts.