Norway flag: Colors, meaning and history

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Design and description of Norway flag :-

The design of Norway flag consist of a red field and divided into four parts by a blue ‘Scandinavian cross’. The blue Scandinavian cross is surrounded by white stripes. The vertical part of the cross is more towards the left side (hoist side) of Norwegian flag. the design proportion of flag of Norway is 16:22.

Norway flag was designed by Fredrik Meltzer and was adopted on 13 july 1821.

meaning of Norway flag :-

colors on Norway flag are considered as the colors of liberty and freedom.The blue cross is common to most Scandinavian countries flags, and it shows the Norway’s link to the other Scandinavian countries.

colors of Norwegian flag :-

colors of flag of Norway flag are believed to be adopted from the French flag , United States flag and the flag of Britain.

color scheme of Norway flag :-





Deep Carmine Pinkef2bd239,43,45






Cool Black0028680,40,140


Norway flag history:-

It is difficult to determine what the oldest flag of Norway saw. In ancient times the country was not flying flags. The kings and other leaders flew flags, especially in battle. St. Olav used to make a snake in a white spot in the Battle of Nesjar. Before that the crow or the dragon was used. Magnus the good used to the same brand as St. Olav. Harald Hardråde used to the banner of the raven. This flag was flown by various Viking chieftains and other Scandinavian rulers during the ninth, 10th and 11th century AD Inge used a red lion on gold. Sverre uses an eagle in gold and red. The first known flag, which is used as the national flag of Norway, which is now used as Royal Standard, will be described. Eirik Magnusson used a flag like a lion described with an ax and a crown on the red in 1280 and regularly since it was the flag of Norway and the Norwegian king.

The flag is based on the coat of arms and was originally a flag for the rule of Norway (as is the case today). It was later used in ships and fortresses until it became phased during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. His first description is the seal of the Ingebjørg Duchess in 1318. By 1500 it was customary to identify for ships under the flag of their country under their nationality. A red flag with the Golden Lion and the silver halberd as the flag of Norway in a Dutch flag book from 1669 to 1670.  At least as late as 1698, the banner of the lion was stolen from the Akershus fortress. The “Norwegian Lion” was placed in the colors of Norwegian regiments in 1641. In 1748, a decree agreed that the Dannebrog flag should be the only legal distributor.

From the 16th century to 1814, Norway has used the same flag as Denmark as it was in association with this country. In 1814 Norway adopted the Danish flag with the Norwegian lion in the canton, or the hoist at the top. This flag was used as a state and war flag until 1815 and as a merchant flag until 1821. Later, in 1814, was united in Norway with Sweden and on 7 March 1815, a common battle flag for both states was approved by the Royal Order in Council, the Swedish flag With a white cross on red background on the square church. The same design in a rectangular flag was introduced in distant waters for use in 1818 as an alternative trade flag, meaning south of Cape Finisterre in Spain.

The current flag of Norway was designed in 1821 by Fredrik Meltzer, a member of the European Parliament (Storting). It was handed over by both chambers of the Storting May 11 and May 16, respectively. However, the law rejected the flag of the King, but approved the draft for the civilian use of Royal Order in the Council on July 13, 1821. The Constitution of 1814 expressly stated that the war flag was a flag of, therefore, association that Common flag (with a Swedish municipality means Norway) was used by the armies and fleets of the two countries until 1844.

Until 1838 the Norwegian flag was used only in the northern waters, that is, the waters north of Cape Finisterre, while Norway had to make North and had the statement of the Swedish flag or association no contract with the pirates of Afrika barbaris. In 1844 was placed on the hoist flags of both countries a unification mark Norwegian and Swedish colors are combined. The badge was paired or dérogatoirement Sildesalaten ( “herring salad”) named because of its mix of colors and resemblance to a popular dish on the tables the morning of both countries. Originally the Union flags were popular in Norway, as it clearly indicated the same status both the United States. While the Union has been less popular with Sweden, the Norwegian Parliament abolished the trade union national flags mark (dealers) and status in 1898. Although the law was not approved by the king, it is because it was adopted entered into force by three successive Storting. The flag “pure” was flown for the first time in 1899, but the unification brand should be held in the flag of the war. After the dissolution of the Union it has also been removed from the naval flag on 9 June 1905. Sweden has been preserved in all flags until 1 November 1905.

Previous Norwegian flag Images :-

Raven Banner first known Norway flag of 8th century:-

first recorded norway flag

First recorded flag or banner “Raven banner” flown by chieftains and rulers in/from Scandinavia notable Norway and Denmark from 8th to 10th century.

Royal standard Norway flag :-

Flag with the “Golden Norwegian Lion” the coat of arms of Norway. A banner of arms, this has been the historical flag of the kings of Norway. Used as the coat of arms from at least 1318 (also sometimes used in flag-format on ships and fortresses), and in various ruler’s seals since 1285. It is today the flag of the Norwegian monarch.


Flag of Denmark–Norway 1536–1814 :-

Flag of Denmark–Norway c. 1536–1814

Norway flag (1814–1821) :-

norway flag from 1814 to 1821

Norway flag (1821–1844) :-



Norway  flag (1844–1899):-


norway flag in 1844

Flag of Norway (1899–present) :-

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