The national flag of Sweden consists of a blue field, with a yellow or gold Nordic Cross (an asymmetrical, horizontal cross) with the cross bar closer to the hoist (left) than the fly, with the cross extending to the edge of the flag.
The Nordic Cross design traditionally represents Christianity. The blue is symbolic of truth, vigilance, perseverance, loyalty and justice, and the yellow is representative of generosity.
The state Coat of Arms of Sweden, which dates from the 14th Century, has a blue shield with three golden crowns. These symbols were probably the basis for the Swedish flags of blue and yellow recorded in later years.
The origins of the Swedish flag are not actually clear. But among historians the three most popular theories are: (1) King Eric the Holy spotted a golden cross in the blue sky and assumed it was a sign from God, and so adapted the image for the national flag. (2) King Charles Knutsson created the blue and yellow flag as a resistance flag against the Danish flag, which is red with a white cross. (3) King Gustaf Vasa redesigned the previous flag, which was said to be blue with a white cross.
The people of Sweden are genuine, lovers of nature, modest and proud to be Swedish! During Swedish holidays most of the houses and log cabins will be flying their national flag, because Swedes are patriotic and are not afraid to show their love for their country to all!
Flag Day in Sweden is celebrated each year on June 6th. On this date in 1523, King Gustav I Vasa began his reign, and Sweden was no longer under the control of Denmark.
The present flag design and shape have been in use since it’s adoption on June 22, 1906.