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Featuring Danish colors, red and white, the flag of Greenland was officially adopted on June 21, 1985.

Greenland Flag

Flag of Greenland

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Designed by a local artist of Greenland, Thue Christiansen, the national flag of Greenland features two equal horizontal bands of white (top) and red.
Towards the hoist side of the center is a large disk. The top half of the disc is red and the bottom half white. The white in the flag represents the heavy snowfall experienced by the island and the red color symbolizes the sun shining over the land.

In the local language, Greenlandic, the flag is referred to as  Erfalasorput, meaning "our flag". The Greenland flag is also known as Aappalaartoq - "the red". The term Aappalaartoq is also used to refer to the flag of Denmark. Unlike the flags of the other Nordic countries, the flag of Greenland does not feature a Nordic Cross.

The idea of the national flag first came up in 1973 when some proposed a green, white, and blue flag. The next year in 1974 a newspaper published eleven other designs out of which ten featured a Nordic Cross. No flag was chosen at the time and the plan of selecting an official flag took a backseat.

In 1978, when Greenland was granted home rule by Denmark, a design contest was held across the country. Of the many entries received, a red and white flag with the circle was chosen as the official flag of the country.

Official Name: Greenland

Flag Proportion: 2:3

Adopted on: June 21, 1985

Location: Located between the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans

Capital City:Nuuk

Major Cities: Cape Farewell, Qeqqata, Sermersooq

Area: 836,109 square miles

Population: 56,615

Currency:Danish Krone (DKK)

Official Language: Greenlandic

National Anthem: You Our Ancient Land




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