Nov 7, 2012


Today I'll talk about Nordic cross flags. After all, what are their magic? The example I chose isn't the older Nordic cross flag (Denmark adopted its flag in 1219), but I personally prefer three color Nordic crosses, and Norway flag is the older in this aspect (1821). Pay attention on this beautiful flag:

About the meaning, nothing too special: blue, white and red were the colors used by France and USA, countries that, at time, were considered democracy and freedom examples. There's a theory saying that red is for Denmark and blue for Sweden, two countries Norway has important historic relationships. Anyway they're perfect together in a Nordic cross.

Returning to the question I asked on the started of this text: why Nordic crosses are so special? They're highly geometric, what takes a lot of points; they're on limit between symmetry and asymmetry, what makes them sound enigmatic — and enigmas, of course, attracts human brains.

Oh, let me talk a little about the origin of Nordic cross flags. As I said, the first was the Danish flag, that, according to the legend, fell from the sky, what doesn't explains too much. But, if you observe, if flown vertically (and they are, when used as gonfalones), they form a Latin cross [✝], an obvious reference to Christianity — some flags, including Norwegian one, explicit this reference on official explanations.

I made this post to compensate the absence last week. I know you probably like Nordic crosses (everybody likes), so what about tell more about it on the comments? Thanks in advance.

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