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The Icelandic flag, which has been in use since 1913, has a blue field with a red cross bordered in white. The design was proposed by Matthias Thordarson. He explained the colours as blue for the mountains, white for ice and red for fire (Iceland has much volcanic activity). Though the Danish King had agreed that the Icelanders had the right to a flag, he declined to accept the blue-white-red flag at first.

However, a Royal decree of 19th June 1915 allowed the flag to be used on land, but restricted the use at sea to local waters. The flag was officially accepted by the king 30th November 1918 and adopted by law as the national flag the same day. It was first hoisted (as a state ensign) 1st December 1918. On this day Iceland became a separate kingdom united with Denmark under one king.

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