• The colors of the Norwegian flag

  • Norwegian flag as one knows today was designed in 1821 by Fredrik Meltzer, a member of Norwegian parliament. It consists from red, white and blue colors, which are not traditional back to viking age. Why is it so?

  • Since the constitution was written in 1814 the flag design had been discussed and planned during 7 years. Norway was in a transition period: from Danish to Swedish union. The final version is a kind of compromise that everybody could agree on; Danes, Swedes or Norwegian patriots. The red basic color of the flag was taken from Denmark, the blue cross was meant to represent Sweden, and the white frame around the cross made it the tricolor of freedom and placed Norway among the other free nations. Another explanation of the white color, is that several Norwegian kings had used this color in their banners and weapons.

    The photo was taken during annual parade dedicated to Constitution day on 17 May.