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The Danish monarchy is one of the oldest in the world.Queen Margrethe II's heritage can be traced back more than a thous...
01/09/2024

The Danish monarchy is one of the oldest in the world.

Queen Margrethe II's heritage can be traced back more than a thousand years to a king believed to be born in year 958 - Gorm the Old.

Since the 1600s, the Danish monarchy has been a so-called hereditary monarchy, in which the Crown is inherited upon the death of the sovereign.

Until 1953, only male descendants of the king were able to inherit the throne. That was changed in 1953, when, following a referendum, it was determined that female descendants should also be able to inherit the throne, but in such a way, however, that male descendants should have precedence.

It was the amendment of the rules for succession in 1953 that prepared the way for HM The Queen to be able to assume the throne after the death of her father, Frederik 9., on 14 January 1972.

With the most recent amendment of the Act of Succession in 2009, equality in the succession to the throne was implemented. This means that the throne is now inherited by the sovereign's oldest child – regardless of gender.

In Denmark, the tradition up to the present has been that the succession to the throne takes place upon the death of the sovereign, as was the case most recently in 1972. In these instances, the succession occurs the moment the sovereign dies.

The upcoming succession to the throne will be different. This time, the succession will take place during the meeting of the Council of State at the moment The Queen has signed a declaration of her abdication.

Upon the succession to the throne, the new sovereign takes charge of all of the functions which, according to the constitution, are incumbent on the head of state.

📷 Keld Navntoft, Kongehuset ©

In her New Year's Address, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II announced that she will step down as the Queen of Denmark on 1...
01/04/2024

In her New Year's Address, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II announced that she will step down as the Queen of Denmark on 14 January 2024 and hand over the throne to her son His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik.

HM The Queen's 52-year reign is the longest by a monarch in Danish history. She took on the role of Queen at the age of 31 in 1972 when her father, HM King Frederik IX, passed away. Since then, HM The Queen has been a beloved anchor and a gathering figure for Denmark.

When HM The Queen abdicates at the Council of State on Sunday, 14 January 2024, it will be the first time in nearly 900 years that an abdication has taken place in Denmark, and it will be an extraordinary and historic event.

On 14 January, HRH Crown Prince Frederik will become King Frederik X of Denmark and Denmark's Head of State.

📷 Per Morten Abrahamsen ©

Are you passionate about identifying, securing and promoting Danish interests in the US? The Embassy has an opening as a...
01/04/2024

Are you passionate about identifying, securing and promoting Danish interests in the US? The Embassy has an opening as a Maritime Advisor (Commercial and Political) beginning February 1st, 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Wanna join? Click on the link and read more! https://bit.ly/48SqCuB

Are you interested in promoting Denmark in the US?We have an opening as Event and Public Diplomacy Advisor beginning Feb...
01/03/2024

Are you interested in promoting Denmark in the US?

We have an opening as Event and Public Diplomacy Advisor beginning February 1st or as soon as possible thereafter. Deadline for applying is January 17th.

Wanna join? Click on the link and read more! https://bit.ly/47m1bzl

Tonight, it is New Year’s Eve! In Denmark, millions of Danes watch Her Majesty The Queen’s annual New Year’s speech, whi...
12/31/2023

Tonight, it is New Year’s Eve! In Denmark, millions of Danes watch Her Majesty The Queen’s annual New Year’s speech, which airs today at 6 pm.

Here, Her Majesty reflects upon the year, and wishes the people of Denmark a Happy New Year. The tradition dates back to Her Majesty’s great-great grandfather Christian IX, who held the first ever New Year’s speech in the 1880’s.

From the entire Embassy, we would like to wish you all a Happy New Year!

12/24/2023

Finally, the day we have all been waiting for is here! On this joyous 24th day of December, our Ambassador Jesper Møller Sørensen extends his heartfelt gratitude for joining us on this festive journey through Danish Christmas traditions. We've been thrilled to share the magic, stories, and traditions that make this season so special in Denmark with all of you.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

12/23/2023

On the 23rd day of December, join us as we unfold a cherished Danish custom - dancing around the Christmas tree! Yes, you heard that right, we do actually 'dance' around the Christmas tree.

Hear our colleague explain more in one of the last episodes of our Christmas Calendar.
📷 Bob Collowan

12/22/2023

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Lars Løkke Rasmussen & Secretary Antony Blinken also addressed the catastrophic situation in Gaza, the call for a humanitarian ceasefire and the need for help to the suffering civilian population. Finally, Lars Løkke Rasmussen & Secretary Antony Blinken discussed the importance of ensuring long-term support for Ukraine from both the U.S. and Europe.

The meeting concludes the year at the Embassy, and for now, we wish you a ‘glædelig jul’!

12/22/2023

On the 22nd day of December, let's sweeten the season with a little story about the Danish dessert 'risalamande.'

Often served with a playful twist known as the 'mandelgave' (almond gift), this is usually a fun event at the Danish Christmas dinner, that both young and old enjoy participating in
📷 Lorie Shaull

12/21/2023

As we are nearing the big day, join us in the debate: Duck or Pork for the traditional Danish Christmas meal? This culinary decision sparks lively discussions as Danes gather around the table.

Hear more in today's Christmas Calendar episode!

12/20/2023

On the 20th day of December, let's navigate the classic Danish dilemma: the choice between attending a Christmas church service or tuning into Disney's festive show. Many Danes find themselves at the crossroads of tradition and modern entertainment.

(Psst, you could also combine the two, as many people do. Attending a Christmas service during the day, and enjoying Disney's Christmas show in the afternoon.)


📷 DR

12/19/2023

Today, we will delve into the history of the Danish Santa Claus or 'Julemand' as he is also called in Danish.

Although they are much alike, you will hear our colleague unravel the distinctions between the Danish 'Julemand' and the American 'Santa Claus' - hint: it is all about the 'nisser'!

12/17/2023

Today, our colleague invites you to embrace the famous Danish term 'hygge.' Discover the art of cozying up with loved ones, sipping warm beverages, and enjoying the simple pleasures of the season.

'Hygge' is very important to Danes, and we take it very seriously - especially during Christmas!

12/17/2023

On the 16th day of December, discover the Danish tradition of 'julefrokost'! Or Christmas lunch, as it would be called in English.

This festive gathering is a rooted Danish Christmas tradition for families, friends and colleagues. It might seem a bit tricky for outsiders, but we promise it is a lot of fun!

12/15/2023

On the 15th day of December, let's explore the art of decorating the Christmas tree in true Danish style. Delicate ornaments, the Danish flag 'Dannebrog', and real candles adorn the branches.

A Danish tree is not only beautifully decorated but also filled with tradition!

12/14/2023

On the 14th day of December, explore the heart of Danish Christmas traditions—the Christmas tree. Did you know that Denmark proudly stands as the largest net exporter of Christmas trees worldwide? Or that the natural Christmas tree is a more sustainable option than the plastic one?

Hear Brigadier General Prince Joachim explain more in today's episode of the Embassy's Christmas Calendar!

12/13/2023

Today we unfold the magic of December the 13th!

In many Scandinavian countries, this day is also called 'Luciadag' (Lucia Day). It is marked in schools, churches, kindergartens, and elderly homes by a choir singing in dimmed rooms while carrying around lit candles.

Hear our Deputy Chief of Mission tell you more about Lucia Day and where it originates from in today's Christmas Calendar episode!



📷 Claudia Gründer, Fredrik Magnusson, Arria Belli, Holger Motzkau, Niels Henningsen

Experience ‘Sort Sol’ in Seattle! Danish photographer Søren Solkær is displaying his ‘Sort Sol’ photographic series for ...
12/12/2023

Experience ‘Sort Sol’ in Seattle! Danish photographer Søren Solkær is displaying his ‘Sort Sol’ photographic series for the first time in the US at the National Nordic Museum.

The Danish term sort sol (black sun) refers to the murmurations of starlings which temporarily obscure the sun. It is a beautiful sight occurring right before dusk, and quite an attraction, especially in the Southern part of Jutland, in the spring and fall months.

Søren Solkær has captured this phenomenon across Europe since 2017. At the National Nordic Museum he will display over 50 photographs and video art through March 10, 2024.

Images: Søren Solkær.

12/12/2023

Today, on the 12th of December we talk about the importance of having marzipan during the Holiday season! The sweet almond-based delight can be used for many different things, or even eaten on its own.

In Denmark, it is a common tradition to indulge in marzipan throughout December, and on New Year's Eve, where we celebrate with a marzipan wreath cake (kransekage)!

12/11/2023

Today, in the 11th episode of the Embassy's Christmas Calendar, you will learn more about the Danish storyteller Hans Christian Andersen.

H.C. Andersen is known for his timeless fairy tales, but have you ever heard about his Christmas stories 'The little match girl' and 'The fir tree'? Tune in and hear our colleague tell you more!

Today is Human Rights Day and the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 🙌Today, we commemorate o...
12/10/2023

Today is Human Rights Day and the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 🙌

Today, we commemorate one of the world's most groundbreaking declarations and celebrate people's right to have a voice, to participate, and to freely choose their future.

The United Declaration of Human Rights is a milestone in the history of human rights and a global blueprint in international, national and local laws.

12/10/2023

On the 10th day of December, immerse yourself in the world of Danish Christmas calendars!

In Denmark, the act of giving gifts is done throughout December in various ways. From the sweet surprises of chocolate calendars to the cheeky gifts from your 'nisse' (Secret Santa), each day brings a new surprise

12/09/2023
12/07/2023

Last night, the Embassy hosted its annual Christmas Reception spreading Danish holiday cheer and celebrating the arrival of the festive season with hundred of guests. Thank you to everyone who joined us!

Tonight, hundreds of people were introduced to ‘kransekage’! The traditional cake that Danes have for New Year. The tast...
12/06/2023

Tonight, hundreds of people were introduced to ‘kransekage’! The traditional cake that Danes have for New Year.
The taste of marzipan turned out to be a great success throughout the evening ✨🇩🇰

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