Nordic Cross flag

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A selection of official and in-use Nordic Cross flags in the Northern Europe region.

The Nordic Cross Flag, Nordic Cross or Scandinavian Cross is a pattern of flags usually associated with the flags of the Scandinavian countries of which it originated.


All of the Nordic countries, except Greenland (mostly inhabited by Inuit.), have adopted such flags. The cross design is depicted extending to the edges of the flag with the vertical part of the cross shifted to the hoist side as opposed to flags where the cross is centred on the flag. It is also the basis of the popular Vinland flag used by some European residents of North America.

The first flag with the design was the Danish Flag; thereafter, Sweden, (Although mythology says that the Swedish flag appeared on the sky 1157, some years before the Danish flag) Norway, Finland, Iceland, and some of their subdivisions used this as inspiration for their own flags. The Norwegian flag was the first Nordic cross flag with three colours. Though the flags share this pattern, they have individual histories and symbolism.

Some of the flags in this list do not have official status. Also, note that flag proportions may vary between the different flags and sometimes even between different versions of the same flag.