- Holger Danske (Holger the Dane)
Holger the Dane was said to be a knight of Karl the Great. The statue of him above is placed at Kronborg Castle, and it is said that when Denmark is under siege or in need, the statue will come to life, and rise to protect Denmark.
Gefion is the nordic goddess of ploughing and virginity. She is said to be the one who ploughed the eastern region of Denmark (Zealand) from Sweden. In one of the folklores Odin sends her out to get more land, and she turns her four sons into oxen, and had them help her plow a part of Sweden, which is now lake Mälaren, and gave it to Denmark as Zealand. Additionally, all those who die a virgin become her attendants.
Nisser is the most outspread danish folklore, that danish kids still believe in. In Denmark, kids don’t believe in Santa Claus for christmas, instead we have small three feet tall people, who live in your house or your barn. They tend to play pranks on you, but can be befriended easily by giving them food, and if you treat them nicely they will give the family of the house presents for christmas, and protect the house.