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This article is about the Danish as an ethnic group. For information about residents or nationals of Denmark, see demographics of Denmark.

The Danish nation is a concept connected to 19th century ethnic nationalism. It relates to self-identification rather than to laws. The term's use is relevant chiefly in historical contexts of debate on the status of Schleswig and Holstein vis--vis a Danish nation-state.

The Danish nation is to be distinguished from the legal concept of nationality, Danish nationals; i.e. persons fully subjected to Danish law.

The Danish nation consists, in theory, of all people the other members see as members.

In practice, it is a way to cover Danes in Denmark and in the formerly Danish Duchy of Schleswig by the same term.

Excluded are people from the formerly Norwegian Faroe Islands and Greenland.

In World War II (1939 - 1945) the Danish nationalism was in opposition to Nazi Germany and anti-racist because Nazism was racist.

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