The Iceland flag is the
symbol of country and nation. The colors are reminding us of the
blue sky, the white of the ice-caps and the red fire underneath.
The history of the
icelandic flag began in 1809 when it was decided that Iceland should
have its own flag. It was blue with three cods in the upper left
corner. This happened during a short revolution against the Danish
ruling at the time.
The second flag came
about around 1870 when the Icelandic painter Sigurður Guðmundsson
suggested that the Icelandic falcon would be a better national
symbol than the cod.
In 1897 Einar
Benediktsson wrote an article about the Icelandic flag. He pointed
out that other Christian nations used the cross in their flags. The
resulting flag was blue with a big white cross on it.
The new and current flag
was first used when Iceland became a sovereign country the 1st of