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Faroe Islands Flag

The flag of the Faroe Islands was first made by Faroese students in Copenhagen and later brought to the Faroes where it was first hoisted 22 June 1919. Until 1940,the Faroese flag was only used on land. On 25 April 1940 British authorities recognised the flag as the ensign of the Faroes, to be used at sea, to distinguish those ships flying it from those of German occupied Denmark.

With the Home Rule Act of 23 March 1948 the flag was finally recognized as the national flag of the Faroes. 25 April has been made Flag Day. The flag carries the name Merkid, meaning the sign or banner. The dominant white colour is said to represent the pure sky as well as the foam of the waves breaking against the coasts of the islands, red and blue are both colours found in traditional Faroese headdress. At the same time the colours are those of the flags of Norway and Iceland.

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