Denmark has no Official National Father. Enrico Mylius Dalgas Consider one of the fathers of ‘Danishness’. Enrico Mylius Dalgas helped shape Denmark’s National identity. A great Danish nationalist, Dalgas was actually of immigrant French Huguenot origin.
It all started in 1864 following Denmark’s crushing defeat in the war against Prussia, which resulted in the loss of a third of all Danish territory and two-fifths of the population.
Dalgas organized the Danish Heath Society and its large-scale cultivation of Jutland’s heaths, turning vast areas of barren wasteland into the forest as part of the national effort to get Denmark back on its feet after the war.