Sights you unfortunately won't see in Denmark - but should!

the EU flag aflutter in the breeze...but not in Denmark

One thing that has always annoyed me is the Danish governments insistence on minimalising - which is to say entirely avoiding - flying the European flag on any official government buildings in the country. Anywhere. Pretty much every other European country happily flies the blue EU flag, alongside their own, in front of most government buildings - which is surely the way it should be.

It's a shame this doesn't happen in Denmark though. After all, Denmark has a lot to offer Europe, particularly the new members - the less developed countries.

And it's not like there is any risk that flying a few EU flags will ever overshadow the Dannebro, Denmark's own flag. After all, this is a country where families wrap garlands of Danish flags around the Christmas tree each year (thank goodness the Americans haven't caught on to that idea...), and on birthdays Danish flags are flown in front of homes, or little Danish flags decorate the table and the birthday cake, and the garden (or surround the 'birthday group' if they choose a park as the setting for a birthday gathering - which is a frequent sight in the warmer months).

But maybe this will change one day and EU flags will appear in Denmark...

4 Response to "Sights you unfortunately won't see in Denmark - but should!"

  1. When I first moved to Copenhagen, I arrived in my new empty flat to find a Danish flag on a metal stand in the bedroom and a pack of flag cake decorations in a kitchen drawer.

    KULBE says:

    Danish people are proud of their currency and my Danish friends say the referendum against EURO was a great victory. But I believe this opinion is not supported buy any evidence except nationalism.

    Check this two graphs:

    DKK value is flat against EUR as much as Chinese RMB was with USD.

    Denmark is Europe,
    and UK is not.

    Tim says:

    I thought about mentioning the Euro in the post, funny enough. The kroner tied to the Euro (I mean really tied, as in government policy), as it always has been, though few people in Denmark actually know this small but important fact - hence the flat graph you pointed to. The funny thing is this was the case back when the referendum was held about joining the Euro, but the government at the time, while in support of joining, never dared to mention this small but rather significant fact. So the kroner really is essentially a symbolic currency.

    I (a Dane) was walking with my parents in Prague last week and was wondering why the Czechs had the EU flag on every public building and why we didn't in Denmark.

    I don't know the reason for this but I think it might be the people in government that don't what to display to the people the fact that we are a member of EU for better or worse. Like the story with euro and krone, as I understand it we can't really do anything anyways just in Denmark because it is so tied to the euro.
    Most Danes are proud to be Danish and to show the flag but I don't know why we should be more reluctant to want the European flag?

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