Danish National Anthem

The Danish National Anthem or Faedrelandssang – Fathers Land Song is Der er yndigt land. (There is a lovely country)

You can click on the video below to hear the music; if you would like to hear the accompanying words, click on the second video.

On the second video you can hear Miriam Jul Rasmussen singing the Danish National Anthem.

The original lyrics were written in 1819 by Adam Oehlenschläger and the music was composed in 1835 by Hans Ernst Krøyer. The lyrics have changed a bit over the years and they even tried to change the music, but it remains unchanged from the original score.

The words are in Danish, so I have included an English translation. The words don't really follow that well in English, but at least you can get an idea of what she is singing about. You can also see the Danish words in the above video and try to sing along with the danish national anthem.

Lyrics to Danish National Anthem

Danish Text

1: Der er et yndigt land,

det står med brede bøge

nær salten østerstrand

nær salten østerstrand

|Det bugter sig i bakke, dal

,det hedder gamle Danmark

og det er Frejas sal

....

2: Der sad i fordums tidde

harniskklædte kæmper,

udhvilede fra strid

udhvilede fra strid

|Så drog de frem til fjenders mén,

nu hvile deres bene

bag højens bautasten

3: Det land endnu er skønt,

thi blå sig søen bælter,

og løvet står så grønt

og løvet står så grønt

|Og ædle kvinder, skønne mø'r

og mænd og raske svende

bebo de danskes øer

bebo de danskes øer

....

4: Hil drot og fædreland!

Hil hver en danneborger,

som virker, hvad han kan!

som virker, hvad han kan!

Vort gamle Danmark skal bestå,

så længe bøgen spejler

sin top i bølgen blå

sin top i bølgen blå

English Text

1: There's a beautiful country

It stands with wide beeches (the tree)

Near the salten eastern beaches

Near the salten eastern beaches

It bays in the back and valley

It's called Old Denmark

And it's the floor/hall of Freja

.....

2: Who sat in former times

The armour dressed fighters

Rested from the fight

Rested from the fight

then went up to the enemies injury

Now resting their legs

Behind the menhir of the hills

3: The country that's still great

because blue is the sea that waves

and the foliage is so green

and the foliage is so green

and noble women and beautiful virgins

and men and healthy swains

inhabit the islands of the danish

inhabit the islands of the danish

.....

4:Hail king and motherland

Hail any danish citizen

who gives what he can

who gives what he can

Our old denmark will consist

as long as the beech reflects

it's treetop in the blue waves

it's treetop in the blue waves

There are more verses, yet they are rarely sung, so I have only included this version since it is the one you will hear. If the other version is ever sung, no one will know the other verses except a very few people.

Note: Besides the Danish national anthem being sung, at many royal events there is also the royal anthem called "Kong Christian stod ved højen mast".

You can hear it below. The words are on the screen. Unless you plan on attending a royal event, you will only hear this on television where royal events are shown, so do not worry about learning the words.

Keep your ears peeled to hear both anthems: the royal and danish national anthem on these dates.

You can learn more interesting information for expats in Denmark here.

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