Flag of the Nordic Council
|Design||Silhouette of a stylised white swan inside a white circle on a blue field|
Variant flag of Nordic Cooperation
|Design||Silhouette of a stylised white swan against a blue disc on a white field|
|Designed by||Kyösti Varis|
The Flag of the Nordic Council is blue (PMS 300 U), with a stylised circular motif of a white swan. The swan symbol was chosen to represent the Nordic Council, and the Nordic Council of Ministers, in 1984. It is also designed to symbolise wider Nordic cooperation. The current version was designed by Kontrapunkt in 2016.
Before 2016, the flag was white, with a stylised circular motif of a white swan upon a blue (Pantone Reflex Blue C) disk. The Swan had enough wing feathers standing for the eight members and territories of the Council: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Åland, the Faroe Islands and Greenland. The flag was designed by Kyösti Varis, an artist from Finland.
The full members of the Nordic council all use a Nordic Cross Flag. The Nordic Cross was also use in the Flag of the Kalmar Union. The Kalmar Union was the only time when all Nordic countries were under a single state - hence it has traditionally been a sign of unity before the Nordic Council adopted the swan flag.
- Flag section of the Nordic Council Design Manual
- www.crwflags.com, Nordic Council, Flags of the World
- www.norden.org Nordic Council
- The history of the Swan symbol, the logo of the Nordic Co-operation
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