The Flag of Finland contains a blue Nordic Cross with its center oriented toward the hoist side, set on a white background. The cross is more massive compared to other Scandinavian flags. It is called: “siniristilippu” or the “blue cross flag” and dates from the beginning of the 20th century. The blue on the flag symbolizes thousands of Finnish lakes and the white stands for their snowy landscapes. It is also said that the white color is linked to the history of Christianity within the Nordic culture, and the blue signifies the clear sky of Finland. The flag of Finland was adopted on May 29, 1918, less than six months after Finland had achieved independence. After the declaration of independence of Finland in 1917, a call was made to design the new flag of Finland. Two possible combinations were chosen among many: The Coat of Arms on a red background with a yellow cross, and the white flag with a blue cross we see today.
As for use of the Flag of Finland, the law states that it can be used by ordinary citizens. Although the flag is to be treated with respect, it is allowed to be flown at any given time of day. The use of the official flag, however, is limited to governmental organizations, both provincial and national. The time to raise the flag in Finland is 8:00 AM, and is lowered twelve hours later, with the deadline being 9:00 PM. In the event of a tragedy, the Ministry of the Interior may order the flags to fly at half – mast. On St. John’s Day (June 22), the flag is hoisted at 6:00 AM since it is the official day of the flag of Finland.
The rules on the correct treatment of the flag imply that it must be clean, in good condition and should not come in contact with the ground. Curiously, if you have to get rid of the flag due it being in poor condition, it is mandatory that you burn it or cut it into small pieces. Or simply put, it must be completely unrecognizable. It is not allowed to be thrown away or buried.