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Der er et yndigt land

Der er et yndigt land
English: There is a Lovely Country
Adam Oehlenschläger, the poet who wrote Der er et yndigt land

Civil anthem of  Denmark
Lyrics Adam Oehlenschläger, 1819
Music Hans Ernst Krøyer, 1835
Adopted 1835
Music sample
Denmark's broad beeches, as referenced in the anthem.

Der er et yndigt land (Danish pronunciation: ), commonly translated into English as There is a lovely country, is one of the national anthems of Denmark.

The lyrics were written in 1819 by Adam Oehlenschläger and bore the motto in Latin: Ille terrarum mihi praeter omnes angulus ridet (Horace: "This corner of the earth smiles for me more than any other"). The music was composed in 1835 by Hans Ernst Krøyer. Later, Thomas Laub and Carl Nielsen each composed alternative melodies, but neither of them has gained widespread adoption, and today they are mostly unknown to the general population.

When first published, the anthem had 12 verses, but this was shortened to the first, third, fifth, and last verse in later editions. In common use, only the first verse (or stanza) and the last three lines of the fourth verse are sung. The first half of the last verse is rarely heard. The last line of each verse is repeated once.

Denmark is one of only two countries in the world, the other being New Zealand, with two official national anthems. Officially, Kong Christian stod ved højen mast is both a national and royal anthem; it has equal status with Der er et yndigt land, which is treated as the civil national anthem.[1] On royal and military occasions, Kong Christian is performed alone or the two national anthems are played together.[2]


  • Music 1
  • Song lyrics 2
    • Danish lyrics 2.1
    • Short version 2.2
    • Free metrical translation 2.3
    • Literal translation 2.4
  • Original lyrics 3
    • Original Danish lyrics 3.1
    • English Translation 3.2
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Instrumental version on a piano

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Song lyrics

Original lyrics

The version today is significantly shortened. The original published version had twelve verses:


  1. ^ "Not one but two national anthems". Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Udenrigsministeriet (6 August 2001). "Instruks for Udenrigstjenesten". Retsinformation. Retrieved 30 June 2013. 

External links

  • - Audio of the national anthem of Denmark, with information and lyricsDer er et yndigt landDenmark:
  • MP3 file (instrumental) - by the U.S. Navy Band
  • Jørgen Ebert has a page that includes the lyrics plus a midi file of the anthem
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