The blue-cross flag and other official flags
A flag is the emblem of a country. Our flag celebrates our national festivals and high points in our nation’s history. There are three official versions of the flag, for different purposes: the national flag, the state flag and the swallow-tailed state flag. In Finland, anyone may fly the national flag at any time, for instance for one’s own birthday. The use of other official flags is regulated by law. Good conduct requires that the flag, whether used as a symbol of joy or sorrow, is always treated with respect.
The Finnish national flag has a blue cross on a white field. The proportions of the rectangular flag are:
- height 11 units, width 18 units
- width of the arms of the blue cross 3 units
- field height 4 units, field length 5 units in the hoist and 10 units in the fly.
The state flag differs from the national flag by having the lion coat of arms in the centre of the cross. The state flag is flown by Parliament, Government, ministries, the Supreme Court, Finland’s missions abroad and the Border Guard. The bodies entitled to fly the state flag are listed in the Finnish Flag Act.
The swallow-tailed state flag differs in shape from the rectangular state flag. The swallow-tailed state flag is flown by the Defence Forces. The standard of the President of the Republic is the swallow-tailed state flag with the addition of a blue and yellow Cross of Liberty in the canton.
Other specifications regarding the flag
- The height of the flag should be about one sixth of the height of the flagpole.
- The colours of the flag as defined in the PMS system are blue 294C, red 186C and yellow 123C.