The nisse is a particularly well known legendary figure in Danish folklore, apparently dating back to pre-Christian times when it was believed there were household gods.Traditionally each farm had its own nisse living on the loft or in a stable.Today's folk dancing in Denmark dates back to the beginning of the 20th century, when there was renewed interest in the national heritage.
The culture of Denmark has a rich intellectual and artistic heritage.
The astronomical discoveries of Tycho Brahe (1546–1601), Ludwig A.
Researchers travelled across the country collecting innumerable folktales, songs and sayings while observing traditional dress in the various regions.
Folklore today is part of the national heritage, represented in particular by national and local traditions, songs, folk dances and literature.
Many of these were passed on from generation to generation by word of mouth.
As in neighbouring countries, interest in folklore grew with an emerging feeling of national consciousness in 19th-century Denmark.
Copenhagen, the capital, is home to many famous sites and attractions, including Tivoli Gardens, Amalienborg Palace (home of the Danish monarchy), Christiansborg Palace, Copenhagen Cathedral, Rosenborg Castle, Opera House, Frederik's Church (Marble Church), Thorvaldsens Museum, Rundetårn, Nyhavn and the Little Mermaid sculpture.
In many countries Christmas is celebrated on the 25th of December, but in Denmark, and in the other Scandinavian countries, the most important day for celebrations is Christmas Eve on the 24th when the family comes together.
Other significant achievements include winning the Confederations Cup in 1995 and reaching the quarter-final of the 1998 World Cup.