The design of the current Finnish flag was inspired by the flags of Denmark and Sweden. It represents Finland’s heritage link with other countries that are Scandinavian. The blue represents the many lakes found all over Finland. The white represents the snow that covers the entire country during winter.
What is the national flag of Finland?
flag of Finland/Country
When was the Finnish flag made?
May 29, 1918
The Finnish flag with “the blue of our lakes and the white snow of our winters”, as a poet described these symbolic colours in 1870, was made official in a law enacted on May 29, 1918, less than six months after Finland had achieved independence. The flag features a blue cross on a white background.
Why does Finland have a Nordic cross?
The Scandinavia cross flag originated as a symbol of Christianity and was used on banners during war. The Kalmar Union, which was the kingdom that united Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, as well as parts of Finland between 1397 – 1523, adopted a flag with a red cross and yellow body.
Is Finland in the Nordics?
The Nordic region, or Norden, may be defined as consisting of the five sovereign states Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, plus the three autonomous territories connected to these states: the Faroe Islands and Greenland (Denmark) and Åland (Finland).