List of flags of Sweden

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The following is a list of flags of Sweden.

National flag and State flag[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Flag of Sweden.svg 1905—Present State flag and civil ensign Dimensions: 5:2:9 horizontally and 4:2:4 vertically.

Royal Standards[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Personal Command Sign of the King of Sweden.svg 1943—Present Personal Command Sign of H.M. the King of Sweden (used on land). The greater Coat of arms of Sweden, which is blue divided quarterly by a cross pattée of gold
Sweden-Royal-flag-grand-coa.svg 1905—Present Used by H.M. The King of Sweden and H.M. The Queen of Sweden Royal flag with the greater national coat of arms
Sweden-Royal-Pennant.svg 1905—Present Used by H.M. The King of Sweden above the royal flag on naval ships Split pennant with the greater national coat of arms
Sweden-Royal-flag-lesser-coa.svg 1905—Present Used by other members of the Royal House Royal flag with the lesser national coat of arms (surrounded by the insignias of the Order of the Seraphim)
1905—Present Used by the heir apparent above the royal flag on naval ships Split pennant with the lesser national coat of arms
Naval Ensign of Sweden.svg 1905—Present Used by the Regent ad interim, when he is a non-royal Same as the Military ensign
1844–1905 Royal Standard of the King
1815-1844 Royal Standard with the Swedish Royal Arms Naval ensign of the Union with square canton

Military flag[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Naval Ensign of Sweden.svg 1905—Present Military ensign of Sweden. Also used as a naval jack.

Flags of the Navy[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Naval Rank Flag of Sweden - Amiralsflagga.svg 1972—Present Rank Flag of Admirals. The naval ensign with four white stars in the upper hoist corner. Before 1972 the flag bore three stars (like the present flag of a Vice Admiral)
Naval Rank Flag of Sweden - Viceamiralsflagga.svg 1972—Present Rank Flag of Vice Admirals. The naval ensign with three white stars in the upper hoist corner. Before 1972 the flag bore two stars (like the present flag of a Rear Admiral)
Naval Rank Flag of Sweden - Konteramiralsflagga.svg 1972—Present Rank Flag of Rear Admirals. The naval ensign with two white stars in the upper hoist corner. Before 1972 the flag bore one stars (like the present flag of a Flotilla Admiral)
Naval Rank Flag of Sweden - Flottiljamiralsflagga.svg 2001—Present Rank Flag of Flotilla Admirals. The naval ensign with one white stars in the upper hoist corner.
Naval Rank Flag of Sweden - Örlogsstandert.svg Broad pennant of Commodores. Horizontally divided (1:1) forked broad pennant (5:8).
Naval Rank Flag of Sweden - Örlogsvimpel.svg Pennant of Commanders and Lieutenant Commanders.
Naval Rank Flag of Sweden - Örlogsgaljadet.svg Burgee of Captains, Lieutenants and Ensigns. Vertically divided (1:1) triangular ensign (5:8).
Naval Rank Flag of Sweden - Avdelningschef.svg Pennant of the Fleet Commander.
Naval Rank Flag of Sweden - Flottiljchef.svg Pennant of the Flotilla Commander.
Naval Rank Flag of Sweden - Divisionschef.svg Pennant of the Division Commander.
Naval Rank Flag of Sweden - Äldste chef.svg Pennant of the Senior Commander Afloat.

Historical flags[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Swedish civil ensign (1844–1905).svg 1844–1905 National flag and civil ensign Union badge in the upper hoist corner
Naval Ensign of Sweden (1844-1905).svg 1844–1905 State flag and military ensign Union badge in the upper hoist corner
Flag of Sweden (1897-1905) (alternative).svg 1897–1905 Alternate State flag State flag to be used on state ships and at government buildings that did not fly the military ensign. Prior to 1897, used by private ships serving the Swedish Royal mail.
Union Jack of Sweden and Norway (1844-1905).svg 1844–1905 Naval jack and diplomatic flag The Union badge: a cross bearing the colours of both Sweden and Norway.
Svensk flagg 1815.svg until 1844 Civil ensign Same as present national flag (slightly different colors and proportions occurred)
Unionsflagg 1818.png 1818–1844 Union civil ensign ("distant waters") White saltire on red in the upper hoist corner. The canton in red and white represented Norway. The ensign was introduced on 26 October 1818, for use in "distant waters", i.e. beyond Cape Finisterre in North-West Spain, as an alternative to the standard Swedish civil ensign which could also be used by Norwegian ships if they wished. By Royal resolution of 17 July 1821, the saltire flag was ordered as the only Norwegian and Swedish civil ensign in "distant waters".
Swedish and Norwegian naval ensign 1815–1844.svg 1815–1844 State flag and military ensign White saltire on red in the upper hoist corner. The canton in red and white represented Norway.
Flag of Sweden (1818-1844) (alternative).svg 1838–1844 Alternate state flag Used by private ships serving the Swedish Royal mail.
Sweden-1761-army-fleet.svg 1761–1813 Military ensign for the light Army fleet An all blue triple-tailed flag to be used by the Arméns flotta.
Naval Ensign of Sweden.svg mid 17th century-1815 State flag and war ensign Same as present military ensign (slightly different colors and proportions occurred)
Sweden-Flag-1562.svg c.1520s-c.1650 State flag and war ensign Swallow-tailed flag (slightly different colors and proportions occurred)

Regional Flags[edit]

Flag Status Area Description
Flag of Skåne.svg Unofficial The traditional county of Skåne (Scania) Danish red background (used to belong to Denmark) and Swedish yellow cross.
Skåne län vapenflagga.svg Official Scania (Skåne) county Also a similar flag exists with blue background for Scania region. Compare unofficial above
Unofficial Flag of Jamtland.svg Unofficial The county of Jämtland Jamtland (that for a short period belonged to Norway) has its own movement for the Republic of Jamtland - not a serious attempt for independence but more a touch of humor and local culture. The flag however is used in the area.
Flag of Jamtland lan.png Official Jämtland county Compare unofficial above. Jämtland modern county includes the two traditional counties Jämtland and Härjedalen.
Flag of småland.svg Unofficial The traditional county of Småland Småland is a relatively large traditional county in the south of Sweden that today is divided in 3 administrative counties and also with 2 smaller areas outside these 3 counties.
Kronobergs län vapenflagga.svg Official Kronoberg County Part of historical province of Småland (see above)
Jönköpings län vapenflagga.svg Official Jönköping County Part of historical province of Småland (see above)
Kalmar län vapenflagga.svg Official Kalmar County Part of historical province of Småland (see above) and the island county Öland (see below).
Flag of Oland.svg Unofficial The historical province and island Öland outside Småland in the Baltic Sea Öland (Swedish means "The Island Land") has a long history and different nature compared to the main land of Sweden.
Flag of Ostergotland.svg Unofficial The traditional county Östergötland The blue cross relates to the two main channels and the yellow to agricultural flat areas. Not much in use.
Östergötlands län vapenflagga.svg Official Östergötland County Compare unofficial above.
Västra Götalands län vapenflagga.svg Official Västra Götaland County Flag includes arms/flags from the 4 traditional counties (Västergötland, Bohuslän, Dalsland and Älvsborg) that are included in this relatively newly formed regional county.
Flag of West Sweden.svg Unofficial The traditional county Västergötland Not much in use. Also compare the previous flag above that covers the same area and more.
Blekinge län vapenflagga.svg Unclear Blekinge county Not much in use.
Hallands län vapenflagga.svg Official Halland county There is a geographical difference between the administrative Halland county and the traditional Halland county.
Värmlands län vapenflagga.svg Official Värmland county There is a geographical difference between the administrative Värmland county and the traditional Värmland county.
Örebro län vapenflagga.svg Official Örebro County The Örebro county includes the traditional county Närke and parts of traditional counties of Värmland and Västmanland. The flag includes arms from these 3 counties.
Södermanlands län vapenflagga.svg Official Södermanland County The administrative Södermanland County includes parts (southern part) of traditional Södermanland County
Uppsala län vapenflagga.svg Official Uppsala County The administrative Uppsala County includes parts (northern part) of traditional Uppland County
Stockholms län vapenflagga.svg Official Stockholm County The administrative Stockholm County includes parts (southern part) of traditional Uppland County and (northern part) of traditional Södermanland county. the flag includes arms from these both counties and also the arms of Stockholm city.
Gotlands län vapenflagga.svg Official Gotland County The administrative Gotland County consists of one main and a number of smaller islands in the Baltic sea. This county is the only county in Sweden that only has one municipal.
Västmanlands län vapenflagga.svg Official Västmanland County The administrative Västmanland County includes parts of traditional Västmanland County
Dalarnas län vapenflagga.svg Official Dalarna County This county was earlier known as Kopparbergs county
Gävleborgs län vapenflagga.svg Official Gävleborg County Gävleborg administrative County encompasses the traditional counties of Gästrikland and Hälsingland.
Västernorrlands län vapenflagga.svg Official Västernorrland County Västernorrland administrative county covers approximately the traditional county of Ångermanland and county of Medelpad.
Västerbottens län vapenflagga.svg Official Västerbotten County Västerbotten administrative county covers the traditional county of Västerbotten and parts of the traditional county Swedish Lapland and traditional county of Ångermanland.
Norrbottens län vapenflagga.svg Official Norrbotten County Norrbotten County includes the traditional county of Norrbotten and about two third of traditional county of Swedish Swedish Lapland.

Each official flag is based on the coat of arms for the county, see gallery, and used on buildings etc. used by respective county administration. Unofficial flags are used by private and local people.

Swedish municipals often use flags that simply are the actual coat of arms transferred into a flag. See List of municipalities of Sweden where you can see the arms and links to each municipal.

See also[edit]