One more time the most well known tourist attraction of Copenhagen has been vandalised.

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Our poor, poor mermaid. Once in a while someone takes it out on her. The first time in  1964, she lost her head and in 1984 someone cut off her arm. 1998 she lost hear head again, but it was found a few days later. Last time something happened was in 2003, when she was dynamited off her stone.

This time around ‘they’ painted her red. Red, the colour of blood. The blood of the whales slaughtered on the Faroe Islands every year. It is apparently a tradition, albeit a gruesome one. I saw one picture and it turned my stomach, so am not posting it here, am sure you can find something about it if you google it.

The lady turned 100 in 2013 and has seen many other things in that century – a part from loosing pieces of her body, she has been covered in paint many times, has worn a burka and a Christmas hat – even worn the Swedish and Norwegian football shirts. In the 1970’s she got to hold a banner saying: ‘women got equal pay now – now that was a really adventure’ – obviously referring to the Adventures of H.C. Andersen, book from where the story ‘The Little Mermaid’ comes from.

The statue was commissioned in 1909 by Carl Jacobsen, the son of the founder of Carlsberg – the beer house, another Danish Icon. The only time she left the country was  when she was sent to Shanghai for the Universal Exposition in 2010.

Like many of H.C. Andersen’s tales, The Little Mermaid, is sad and tragic. And though it ends with the Mermaid not getting what she wanted, it tells a story of selflessness. If you have never read it, I encourage you!

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Ahh me! On a very cold day in November 2007. I remembered we literally stopped 1 minute, it was just so bitterly cold that day. Husband always says that even though he has lived 4 years in Switzerland, the cold he experienced in Copenhagen is far the worst he has ever tried. It’s true that a sunny and warm Denmark is much more fun!

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Hi! Hope you are enjoying my travel blog about Mauritius! I am a Danish Expat, mum of 2. Currently we live in Mauritius and we absolutely love it. I am taking you around this beautiful island and also other travels we enjoy!

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  1. That’s really interesting that the mermaid has been used for so many protests. I guess it’s effective at getting people’s attention!

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    1. It certainly does get the worlds attention! And really these poor whales deserves better

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  2. I am glad to tell you that a firm connected to the park administration cleaned her up few hours after the incident.
    The whale slaughter should not be so gruesome as the protestors claime.

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    1. I am sure they are quite efficient when it comes to cleaning her!!! I am all for letting people keep their traditions… i mean we have aleays had furs in the family for exemple. It is frown upon in many places mostly because people have no clue how it is when it gets cold. But the pics i saw of that event really made me uneasy…

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  3. […] quickly to the Little Mermaid. I have already written about her in another post (you can read here, why she was painted all red a couple of months ago and other things that have happened to her over […]

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