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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Joshua Formentera (13 months ago)
A symbol bronze statue of Copenhagen. Very popular spot in Copenhagen. Don't expect to see much bigger that's why they call Little mermaid in the harbour. Going to see the little mermaid also give you experience to see other nice places particularly if walk along the harbour.
Surjmani Laishram (14 months ago)
The only good thing here is the location of the mermaid. This place gets crowded at peak hours. Try to go here in the afternoon when there are lesser people and the sun is pretty generous. It’s a waterfront public space, you can do a lot here.
Christian Winter (2 years ago)
Nice place to stroll around, especially for young lovers. Despite this heavy-metal lady giving the could shoulder to all spectators. During summer time the shoulder could be warmer!
Estephanie Liendo (2 years ago)
An historical place Well is representative because of the little mermaid's tale. The very famous :) I suggest to go or too early in the day or st the sunset. The light at those times will be good and there will be less tourists Usually I crowed and difficult to have an "alone" photograph
Wicked Sheila (2 years ago)
Obviously nothing more than a medium size statue, but it's an iconic one. Therefore a must do to visit when in Copenhagen. And the mermaid didn't disappoint me. It would be weird if it does, because you should know what to expect after all the pictures shown of this mermaid. I enjoyed my visit. Especially after visiting the birth home of Hans Christian Andersen in Odense.
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