The flag of the Åland Islands was adopted in 1954, The Flag is blue with a red Scandinavian cross fimbriated yellow. The Swedish cross looks like the island’s ancient relationship with Sweden while the red-cross signifies its connotation with Finland.
Flag of Åland Islands Design and Colour Scheme
The flag of the Aland Islands is subjugated by the Nordic Cross. The flag mostly resembles the flag of Sweden however with a red cross defacing the yellow cross. The Swedish cross looks like the island’s ancient relationship with Sweden while the red-cross signifies its connotation with Finland.
The Flag consists of three colours:
All were borrowed from the Sweden and Finland country flags.
Brief History about the Flag of Åland Islands
Finland declared independence from Russia in 1917, the Åland islanders feared for their Swedish language and culture and mobilized for a reunion with Sweden. This resulted in Sweden, Russia and Finland to appeal to the United Nations, which decided in favour of Åland Islands Autonomy. In the early 1920s, Åland unofficially used a blue and yellow tricolour flag until it was banned in 1935 by the Finnish government. Later in 1952 new laws gave Åland the right to its own flag and a flag was proposed but was rejected by the President as it resembled the Swedish flag with a blue cross inside, however, the final design ended up being in the first proposed model with a red cross inside the represent Finland.