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Denmark has nearly 4,500 miles of coastline, and no part of the nation is more than 30 miles from the sea.Denmark also possesses Greenland, the world's largest island, and the Faeroe Islands, both of which are semiautonomous.Denmark means "field of the Danes." The Danish national flag, the oldest national banner in the world, is a white cross on a red field.Legend has it that the banner, called Dannebrog, descended from the heavens in the midst of a battle between the Danes and the Estonians on June 15, 1219.Danes could now form political parties, elect representatives to a parliament, and were guaranteed freedom of religion, assembly, and speech.The country also under-went an economic revolution.
New threats to Danish territory soon followed from the south.
Sailing in their magnificent ships, Vikings traveled west to North America, south to the Mediterranean, and east to the Caspian Sea. For a brief period in the eleventh century, a Danish king ruled England and Norway.
While Vikings roamed far and wide, those Danes who stayed at home cleared fields, built villages, and gradually created a nation.
After decades of intrigue and diplomatic maneuvering, Denmark and Prussia went to war in 1864 over the status of the Danish-ruled Duchies of Schleswig and Holstein.
The Prussians quickly gained the upper hand and Denmark was forced to surrender both Duchies.
Almost all Danes are of Nordic stock, and most are members of the Lutheran church.