Finland flag colors symbolism
White stands for the snow that covers the land in winter
Blue represents the thousands of lakes scattered across the country and the sky
Cross stands for Christianity, the majority religion of the country
History of Finland flag
The first known "Flag of Finland" was presented in 1848, along with the national anthem Maamme. Its motif was the coat of arms of Finland, surrounded by laurel leaves, on a white flag. The current blue-crossed design was first used in Finland by Nyländska Jaktklubben, a yacht club founded in Helsinki in 1861. In addition to the blue cross on the white background, the yacht club flag had the crowned arms of the province of Uusimaa within two crossed branches in the upper hoist quarter. Except for the position of the cross, the flag was similar to the flag of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, founded the previous year. The design can be traced to the Russian Navy ensign, which has a blue cross saltire on a white background. After Finland gained independence in 1917, a competition was held for the design of the Finnish flag. Artists Eero Snellman and Bruno Tuukkanen specified the final form of the flag after considering many of the entries received.
Finland flag history