The Greenland flag displays two horizontal stripes of white and red, with a disk off-center. The Greenland flag is 18 by 12 parts in size with each stripe measuring 6 parts. The Greenlandic name of the flag is Erfalasorput, meaning "our flag". It is the only flag in the Nordic territories to be without the Nordic Cross. The flag was adopted officially on June 21, 1985.

What Do the Flag's Colors and Symbols Mean?

The white stripe on the flag represents the snowy ice caps. The glaciers cover 80% of the Greenland Island. On the other hand, the red stripe symbolizes the ocean. The red color within the circular disk represents the sun. The sun has the appearance of setting into the sea. Having the sun on the flag also indicates the return of warmth and light in mid-summer.

Who Designed the Flag?

The Greenlandic flag was designed by Thue Christiansen. Out of 555 proposals of the flag that the government received, the Christiansen’s idea of a red and white flag won with a vote of fourteen to eleven.

What Have Historical Versions of the Flag Looked Like?

The very first proposal of a flag in Greenland was in 1973. This proposal's design was very similar to the flag of Denmark. It had three colors namely white, green, and blue. The flag had a white cross decorated with blue. Then the second flag almost similar to the first, but with variations of the colors. Such that the green parts in the first color were painted red while the decoration of the cross was with green. Then there was the flag proposal by Sven Tito Achen in 1984. At the poll, the flag lost by 14 to 11 votes to the current flag. Achen’s flag had only two colors: a lighter green and white. The whole flag was green while the Nordic cross had a white paint. Finally, the flag adopted in 1985 won the votes.

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