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President of Finland - Flag and Ensign

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[Flag of the Finnish president] by Željko Heimer
Proportions: 11:19
Source: Album des pavillons (2000)



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Description of the Flag

Finnish swallow-tailed state flag with a blue-yellow Cross of Freedom 3rd Class for Civil Merits in the upper hoist.

Ratio: 11:19 = (4 + 3 + 4):(5 + 3 + 5 + 6)
Use: presidential flag and ensign
Adopted: 26 May 1978
Ossi Raivio, 24 October 1998 President's Pennant

President's Pennant

[pennant of the Finnish president] by Željko Heimer
Source: Album des pavillons (2000)


The is used only on navy ships. It is hoisted above the presidential flag.

This pennant is used only on navy ships. It is hoisted above the presidential flag.
Ossi Raivio, 26 August 2001


A rectangular swallow-tailed bicolour white-blue pennant with a square hoist of the banner of arms of Finland. The Corr. 3 to the Album 2000 gives the proportions to 2:57 making the indentation to 9 units 2:(48+9).
Željko Heimer, 18 October 2004


Cross of Freedom

The Cross of Freedom is the oldest order in Finland and the President is it's Grand Master. The cross can be described as a yellow swastika on blue cross pattee, in the center a yellow heraldic rose.
Ossi Raivio, 24 October 1998


The basic design of the Cross of Liberty, the George Cross (croix pattée aux bords rectilignes) seems to have been a natural choice. Its beautiful, symbolical plain shape, connected well to ancient Finnish symbols, and the same type of cross was also used in the two other Finnish Orders for Merit, the Finnish White Rose (1919) and the Finnish Lion (1942).

The final shape of the Cross of Liberty came to consist of two crosses, one superimposed on the other, the lower cross symbolising victory, and above it the straight swastika symbolising sun's rays.

Vapaudenristin ritarikunta – Isänmaan puolesta (The Order of the Cross of Liberty – For Fatherland, published by the Order, printed in Porvoo, Finland 1997) – from chapter "English summary" on page 248
Ossi Raivio, 26 October 1998

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