https://www.duolingo.com/profile/otsogutxi

The Flags Of Scandinavia:

I've been asking myself this for a while: Why do all of the flags in Scandinavia have a horizontal cross on them?

Have a look at this photo: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8b/Nordic-cross_Flags.png

See?

June 1, 2015

10 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jdfromdublin

From Wiki: While the design originates as a Christian cross, and as such ultimately derives from 13th-century designs in use during the Crusades, the characteristic shift of the center to the hoist side is early modern, first described the Danish civil ensign (Koffardiflaget) for merchant ships in a regulation of 11 June 1748, which specified the shift of the cross center towards the hoist as "the two first fields must be square in form and the two outer fields must be 6/4 lengths of those".

A selection of Nordic flags used in Northern Europe, from left to right:

Top row: Iceland, Faroe Islands, Orkney, Shetland, Norway, Sweden, Åland, Finland;

Bottom row: Yorkshire West Riding, Denmark, Skåne.

Photo by Alphathon

June 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ravnin

You missed one flag, the Sami flag : )

July 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Windrammer

They are of asian descent, like the Finns.

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/otsogutxi

Thank you for that:)

June 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Azure_Waters

Very interesting! Thank you so much for sharing!!! (:

June 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Snommelp

Short version? Denmark did it first (Denmark's flag happens to be the oldest design for any national flag currently in use), and the others followed suit. The reason for following suit differs from nation to nation.

June 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Snommelp

Of course, Greenland just had to go and ruin the motif:

June 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andreas83

It would have also ruined the map because of size and location...

June 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andreas83

It's probably like selfies became a thing!

June 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Luscinda

Yes. Did you look at the article on Nordic cross flags or just the pic?

June 1, 2015
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