All of our printed Iceland flags are produced by a process called Dye Sublimation. The system drenches each fibre of the fabric, resulting in a flag with wonderful precise colour, and vitally the design appears perfectly on each side. This is known as ‘printed through to reverse’ and is an important consideration when choosing your flag as both sides will be seen when flying.
Our flags are manufactured to the highest standards. We offer flags in a choice of two materials, Hand Made National Flags, and Digitally Printed National Flags
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Flags will not last forever. Whilst we do everything possible to ensure our products are the most durable possible.
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|Design||A red Scandinavian cross with white fimbrilation, set on a blue field|
|Colours||PMS - Blue: 287 C, Red: 1795 C|
CMYK - Blue: 100% Cyan, 69% Magenta, 0% Yellow, 11.5% Black; Red: 0% Cyan, 94% Magenta, 100% Yellow, 0% Black
For a thousand years, from its original Viking settlement to its autonomous independence in 1912, the country of Iceland bore the flag of Denmark.
The 19th Century was rife with political upheaval, and Iceland was not an exception. The people of Iceland, headed by a political independence movement, sought complete autonomy. To its credit, Denmark granted the province of Iceland complete autonomy in 1874, with its own constitution and its own ministry in the Danish government. The King of Denmark remained head of state.
But it was in 1918, at the close of the Great War, that Iceland was issued with independence and sovereignty as its own state, in union with Denmark under the same monarch. Iceland’s flag had actually been in use since 1915, but now it was recognised as the flag of the nation. The blue symbolised the stark blue mountains, or alternatively, the ocean. White represented the ice that encrusted the eponymous island. Red stood for the active volcanoes, which have also made the country famous.
There was very little change to the flag in 1944 when Iceland became a republic. The flag of Iceland had previously worn a brighter blue, and was changed to a deeper colour. In 1991, legislation codified the colours of the flag in absolute terms.
Ensigns of Iceland
Iceland’s State Flag, known as Tjúgufáni, is a swallowtailed version of the Flag of Iceland and serves multiple purposes. It is used on governmental buildings and embassies. And is the flag of war, and the country’s naval ensign it also features a swallowtail. The second flag, inscribed with a “T” in the canton, is the Customs flag.
President of Iceland
The Flag for the president of Iceland is the current Flag of Iceland with the Icelandic Coat of Arms in the middle of the cross.
The Icelandic Coat of Arms features four shield bearers guarding the spirits of Iceland as described in Heimskringla: A bull on the right side of the shield; a giant, on the left; a bird on the right above the bull; and a dragon on the left, above the giant.
Conventions of the Flag
The rules of flying the Icelandic flag are simple and few; fortunate, because incorrect observance can lead to a prison sentence. It is illegal, for example, to allow the flag to suffer damage, and a damage flag must be immediately repaired, or burned in a respectful manner. The use of Iceland’s flag on sold goods or in advertising, or as part of a private emblem or logo is strictly forbidden.
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