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
Major Cities: Cape Farewell, Qeqqata, Sermersooq
Area: 836,109 square miles
Currency:Danish Krone (DKK)
Official Language: Greenlandic
National Anthem: You Our Ancient Land