Today’s Date: Military flagday

Surprising the Swedes (not just in football)

July 1 is the official military flagday that commemorates the Battle of Køge Bay in 1677 when the outnumbered Danish Navy – led by Admiral Niels Juel – beat the Swedish Navy.

It was a deciding victory that ruined Sweden’s ambitions to rule the Nordic seas.

Some 100 Danes were killed, while the Swedes lost around 3,000 men.