Norway Flag

Norway Flag

Meaning of the Flag

The flag of Norway features a Scandinavian cross. The cross is positioned so that the vertical part is turned toward the hoist side, similar to the design of Denmark’s national flag.

The tricolor design was submitted in 1821b by Fredrik Meltzer, a Norwegian representative and businessman. These colors were chosen because they represented freedom on other flags at the time, including France and America.

The Nordic cross is a representation of Christianity and is used throughout the Nordic countries.

Colors of the Flag

The flag of Norway features three colors, as previously mentioned: red, white, and blue. The flag features a dark blue and white Nordic cross on a red field.

History of the Flag

The Norwegian flag as it is designed today was first adopted in 1821. Prior to this, several other flags were used. The earliest known flag of Norway is today used as the Royal Standard, featuring a golden lion with a crown and an axe. The design of this flag was based on the coat of arms and was first used for the ruler of the nation. Later, it was used on fortresses and ships.

Beginning in the 16th century, Norway used the flag of Denmark. The current flag was adopted and used in 1821 but was only used in Northern waters until 1838.

Flag Facts

The armed forces of Norway use a bugle call known as “flaggappell” – or “attention to the flag” 00 when raising and lowering the national flag.

While most nations fold their flags, Norway’s tradition includes rolling the flag and tying it after it is lowered.

The Norweigan flag should never touch the ground, as this is seen as disrespect toward the flag.

Norges flagg
Red, White, Dark Blue
July 13, 1921
Designed by
Fredrik Meltzer


Red with a white-fimbriated dark blue Nordic cross
Norway Flag

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