Swedish Flag – What Does The Symbol Of Sweden Mean?
The Swedish flag was introduced in Sweden in the 16th Century. It is not sure under which king and in what year. But the design - blue with a yellow cross - and color pattern have become famous all over the world.
The design is similar to the Danish flag, but with different colors. Sweden was under the influence of Denmark until 1523.
It is believed that the cross indicates the close ties between the Scandinavian states. The colors come from the national coat of arms. This shows three gold crowns on a blue field.
Although the flag was created in the 16th Century, there exists a seal from 1449 employed by the Swedish king, with a gold cross on blue.
Some say king Gustav Vasa officially introduced the national flag of Sweden in 1521 when he fought against the Danish. Other sources believe king Johann III decided in 1569 to use the cross from the coat of arms for banners and flags of the empire.
June 6th is Flag Day in Sweden - a national holiday since 2005.
The date was chosen for two reasons. Gustav Vasa became king on June 6th, and in 1809 laws about freedom of speech and safety for people and property were introduced on this day.
All Swedes are allowed to own a flagpole and fly flags on it, for whatever reason. Most Swedes however fly the national flag. Especially in smaller towns and rural areas you see a lot of national banners, waving from gardens or balconies.
The use is strictly regulated. The Swedish flag has to be clean and not torn. It is hoisted at 8 AM and lowered at sundown but no later than 9 PM.
The Swedish flag is a national symbol.
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