The Little Mermaid (Den lille havfrue) is a bronze statue depicting a mermaid. Based on the fairy tale of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen, the small and unimposing statue is a Copenhagen icon and has been a major tourist attraction since 1913. It has become a popular target for defacement by vandals and political activists.

The statue was commissioned in 1909 by Carl Jacobsen, son of the founder of Carlsberg, who had been fascinated by a ballet about the fairytale in Copenhagen's Royal Theatre and asked the ballerina, Ellen Price, to model for the statue. The sculptor Edvard Eriksen created the bronze statue, which was unveiled on 23 August 1913. The statue's head was modelled after Price, but as the ballerina did not agree to model in the nude, the sculptor's wife, Eline Eriksen, was used for the body.



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Founded: 1913
Category: Statues in Denmark


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Pyrognats (4 months ago)
A visit to Copenhagen is not complete without seeing this little lady. There is always a crowd and always someone trying to jump onto the wet rocks and landing in water but it's all part of the experience. It's always possible with some patience and waiting to get up close enough for pictures with the Mermaid. I wonder what she is thinking when looking back at all of us ?.
Golnoosh Fanaian (5 months ago)
It was a nice historical landmark to see. There was a little crowd, but I was able to get a selfie and pictures without others in the photo in less than 10 minutes. I would recommend seeing this for anyone interested in Hans Christian Andersen and touring Copenhagen.
Ioana Neagu (5 months ago)
A very good spot to come to and take pictures, admire the landscape and even have lunch and chill near the water and appreciate the sculpture. I'd say the best time to visit is during summer. There's an ice cream truck nearby so you can fight the heat if necessary.
Rakesh J (7 months ago)
Location is just Cool and pleasant to take walk with loved ones. Statue isn’t big but the history behind it is captivating. Industries and wind mills behind the statue will increase the beauty even more attractive. Easily can spend 1 to 2 hours just enjoying the climate.
Karol Giraldo (8 months ago)
Went to see the mermaid because it is a must when visiting the city. Some people say it is not worth visiting because of how small it is, and because it’s only a statue. However, I think it is worth visiting, although the statue is just what you can see in the picture, the place where it is is very beautiful, you do need to walk 15-20 minutes, but with such gorgeous views it isn’t a problem.
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