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Norrland, unofficial flags and flag proposals (Sweden)

Last modified: 2022-12-31 by christopher oehler
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Current status

I would like to update you about the latest events concerning the campaign for the Norrland flag.

The campaign for the green-yellow Norrland flag has been called off, at least for the near future.

The reason is simply that the white-blue-yellow flag is more popular among the inhabitants of Norrland while the green-yellow flag is more or less forgotten. Five years of campaigning for the old flag has ended up with nothing. If the inhabitants of Norrland like the white-blue-yellow flag better, then we just have to accept that.

If there should be some new debate in the future about a "definite" Norrland flag, the green-yellow flag can be proposed as an alternative again. But as it is today, it is the white-blue-yellow flag which will have the best chances of becoming the definite official flag for Norrland.

As for the campaign website, it's still in use but more focused on domestic political issues in the province of Norrland.
Ronny Lindholm, 05 May 2008

Norrland is a vast part of Sweden (making up significantly more than half the territory, even if it is not very populated) so there are different opinions within Norrland. Some people would prefer provincial flags.
Elias Granqvist, 26 June 2022


Actual flag

A site with information about the flag of Norrland can be found at: http://www.freewebs.com/norrlandsite/.

Since there are or has been at least three Norrland flags in use, this site provides information about the "real" Norrland flag which is green with a yellow cross.
Jan Oskar Engene, 08 March 1996


First proposal for a flag

[First flag proposal for Norrland] image by Jan Oskar Engene and Tomislav Todorovic, 25 June 2022

It is true that this flag is the flag mostly considered to be the flag of Norrland, even if it is an unofficial flag.
Elias Granqvist, 26 June 2022

The white-blue-yellow flag seems to have caught on — not only is it being sold online as the regional flag:
https://www.danexflaggbutik.se/bordsflaggor/ovrigt/bordsflagga-norrland.html
https://www.flaggoronline.se/product.html/norrlands-flagga
but its use has been verified as well:
https://www.mostphotos.com/en-us/12477782/norrlands-flagga
https://www.facebook.com/norrland.ett.eget.land/photos/ja-vad-s%C3%A4ger-ni-har-vi-flaggdagar-f%C3%B6r-norrland-eller-%C3%A4r-det-n%C3%A5tt-som-vi-ska-inf%C3%B6/1848486638709676/
http://www.pixgallery.com/i/DQ5GUX
All these examples reveal that the shades of blue and yellow are the same as in the national flag.
Tomislav Todorovic, 25 June 2022

The design that seems to have gained the upper hand, is the white-blue-yellow flag. The proportions are 16:25,6 (6-1-2-1-6 : 7,6-1-2-1-1). Some unidentified person launched the design in the 1980s and the design won a competition among 800 entries in 1992. The colours are a combination of the Swedish and Finnish flag colours. The flag is the same as the one used by the Swedish Tourism Association but without an emblem. The flag seems to be in use.
Jan Oskar Engene, 08 March 1996


Second proposal for a flag

[Second flag proposal for Norrland] image by Jan Oskar Engene

In the early 1970s, a campaign to stop migration southwards made a green-yellow flag for Norrland. Green was in place of the blue in the flag of Sweden, and was to symbolise the natural riches of the region. As I understand the campaign is still using the flag.
Jan Oskar Engene, 08 March 1996


Third proposal for a flag

[Third flag proposal for Norrland] image by Jan Oskar Engene

A third proposal (1972) had no success and has never been used. The proposed design was white-green.
Jan Oskar Engene, 08 March 1996


Geography

Norrland is the northern part of Sweden.
Jan Oskar Engene, 08 March 1996

Norrland consists of the following provinces: Gästrikland, Hälsingland, Härjedalen, Jamtland (Jämtland), Lappland, Medelpad, West Bothnia (Västerbotten), Ångermanland and North Bothnia (Norrbotten).



 
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