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Norway Flag

Flag of Norway
Flag Name(s)Rødt, hvitt og blått (Red, white and blue) [Flag Of Norway]
Aspect Ratio(8:11)
Color Schemered blue,white
Color and Design

A red field charged with a white-fimbriated dark blue Nordic cross that extends to the edges; the vertical part of the cross is shifted to the hoist side.

Meaning & SymbolismThe Nordic cross represents Christianity and is used throughout the Nordic countries, such as Denmark and Sweden. The blue color symbolizes the association with Sweden and a white outline added while red is for Denmark. The tricolors denote Norway’s freedom and independence.
Description and Brief History

The flag of Norway is red with an indigo blue Scandinavian cross fimbriated in white that extends to the edges of the flag; the vertical part of the cross is shifted to the hoist side in the style of the Dannebrog, the flag of Denmark.

The Norwegian flag, officially adopted on July 17, 1821 has an indigo blue-colored cross over a red field. The cross is in the style of a Scandinavian cross, with its shorter arm or the vertical part of it placed lopsided, nearer to the hoisting side of the flag. The cross is outlined in white. In another term, it can be a wider white cross with a smaller blue cross placed inside the white one. Its proportion favors a longer flag with a dimension of 8:11.

The Norwegian flag was designed in 1821 by Parliamentarian Frederik Meltzer. The parliament was discussing how to incorporate Norway’s link with Denmark and Sweden. And they also wanted colors that will convey freedom, drawing inspiration from the designs and colors of the flags of the Netherlands, the United States, France and the United Kingdom. Eventually the design took shape, with the lopsided cross in blue to honor Norway’s ties with Sweden that started from 1814 and lasted until 1905; white to outline the cross to echo the color used in the banners well as weapons of the past kings of Norway and red for Norway’s old affiliation with Denmark that started in the middle of the 15th century up to 1814.


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