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Greenland Flag

Until 1979, when Greenland was granted home rule, it used the Danish flag. The flag of Greenland, or Kalaallit Nunaat, was adopted on 1985. To celebrate its 10th anniversary on 10th June 1995, the Greenland Post Office issued a series of stamps and a brochure explaining the flag. The text in the brochure is written by Thue Christiansen, the flag's designer.

Christiansen makes some remarks about the natural features of Greenland, and then goes on to account for the symbolism of the flag: "The large white part in the flag symbolises the ice cap and our fjords are represented by the red part in the circle. The white part of the circle symbolises the ice bergs and the pack ice, and the large red part in the flag represents the ocean." In other interpretations the circle is seen as representing the rising and setting sun.

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