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The Little Mermaid (Copenhagen)

The Little Mermaid (Copenhagen)

The Little Mermaid is a bronze statue that depicts one of the most famous characters of great Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen. It was unveiled on August 23rd, 1913. The sculptor Edvard Eriksen who created the Mermaid used his wife Eline Eriksen as a model for his bronze sculpture.




Location: Langelinie, Copenhagen

Bus: 1A, 15, 19, 26




Description of the Little Mermaid


The Little Mermaid is a pure bronze statue that stands on a granite pedestal. It measures 125 centimeters in height and weights 175 kilograms. It honors one of the most famous fairy characters of Hans Christian Andersen's stories. The tale was originally written in 1836 and 73 years later it was staged as a ballet.


Unlike Disney's version of the story, the Little Mermaid in the original Andersen's version is less happy and less positive. In the end she doesn't get the prince. He falls for another woman. Instead the Little Mermaid sacrifices herself and dies. But unlike other mermaids that turn into sea foam, she is turned into an angel that watches over small children.


It is this story of self sacrifice that influenced Carl Jacobsen, the founder of Carlsberg. He commissioned the construction of the Little Mermaid statue with the best Danish sculptor Edward Eriksen. He later donated the Little Mermaid statue to the city of Copenhagen. For the past 95 years this small statue serves as a symbol of Denmark's capital. Many tourists visit the Little Mermaid and some make a wish by throwing a coin into the sea.