The Flag of Finland

The flag of Finland, known as the Siniristilippu (Blue Cross Flag), features a blue Nordic cross on a white background. The design symbolizes the country's geography with blue representing its lakes and the sky, and white denoting snow and summer nights. The cross reflects Finland's cultural and historical ties to other Scandinavian countries.

The Flag of Finland

History

The flag was officially adopted on May 29, 1918, shortly after Finland declared independence from Russia in December 1917. The design was influenced by the Scandinavian cross, a symbol used in various forms by all Nordic countries, emphasizing Finland's connection to its Nordic neighbors. Initially, there were several designs proposed for the flag, including ones with a red cross to denote Finland's past association with Sweden and Russia. However, the blue cross design was chosen for its simplicity and representation of the Finnish landscape. Over the years, the flag has become a powerful symbol of Finnish identity, unity, and independence.