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Finland Flag


Flag of Finland
Flag Name(s)Siniristilippu ("Blue Cross Flag") [Flag Of Finland]
Aspect Ratio(11:18)
Color Schemewhite blue
Color and Design

Sea-blue Nordic cross on white field.Dimensions:4:3:4 (vertically),5:3:10 (horizontally).

Meaning & SymbolismThe Scandinavian cross represents Christianity. The blue colouring is said to represent the country's thousands of lakes and the sky, with white for the snow that covers the land in winter.
Description and Brief History

The flag of Finland, also called Siniristilippu ("Blue Cross Flag"), dates from the beginning of the 20th century. On a white background, it features a blue Nordic cross, which represents Christianity. The state flag has a coat of arms in the centre, but is otherwise identical to the civil flag. The swallow-tailed state flag is used by the military. The presidential standard is identical to the swallow-tailed state flag but also has in its upper left corner the Cross of Liberty after the Order of the Cross of Liberty, which has the President of Finland as its Grand Master. Like Sweden's, Finland's national flag is based on the Scandinavian cross. It was adopted after independence from Russia, when many patriotic Finns wanted a special flag for their country, but its design dates back to the 19th century. The colour combination blue and white have been used over the centuries in various Finnish provincial, military, and town flags.

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