Kong Christian stod ved højen mast - National Anthem
Lyrics by Johannes Ewald and music by Johann Hartmann.
Recorded in Koncerthuset, Copenhagen, by Danish Broadcasting Corporation / DR.
Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Vocal Ensemble, Danish National Choir, Danish National Girls Choir and Danish National Junior Choir. Conductor: Michael Bojesen
‘Kong Christian stod ved højen mast’ (King Christian stood by the lofty mast) is mainly used for royal and military occasions. Though every New Year´s Eve, is it tradition to sing immediately after midnight. The theme of the song is about the heroics of Danish sailors during the wars against Sweden in the 17th and 18th centuries. It is regarded as one the oldest national anthems in the world.
Denmark has two officially recognised national anthems.
The other is ‘Der er et yndigt land’