Flag of Iceland (GIF)



The flag of Iceland (Icelandic: íslenski fáninn) consists of a blue field with a red cross on a large white cross. The crosses represent Christianity. The colors represent three of the elements that make up the island. The red color refers to the fire produced by the island's volcanoes. The color white symbolizes the ice and snow covering the country. Blue is based on the blue mountains. The height-to-width ratio of the flag is 18:25, and the flag was adopted in 1944.

The shield, in the form of a vertical national flag in its coat of arms, is supported by the four protectors of Iceland: the bull, the protector of Northwest Iceland; the eagle, the protector of Northeast Iceland; the dragon, the protector of the southeast; and the rock giant, the protector of the southwest.

The Iceland flag is waving on a flagpole rising from the world globe.
Iceland is a Nordic island country in the North Atlantic Ocean in Europe. Its capital is Reykjavík, and its population is about 359,000.

The waving flag of Iceland with its coat of arms (unofficial)


COUNTRY PROFILE
Capital and largest city:Reykjavík (pop. 1,758,000)
Other major cities:Kópavogur (37,000)
Hafnarfjörður (30,000)
Official languages:Icelandic
Region:Northern Europe
Ethnic groups:89% Icelandic
5% Polish
1% Lithuanian
5% other
Religion:76.8% Christianity
0.31% Islam
0.41% Buddhism
15.52% Other and unspecified
6.96% Unaffiliated
Demonym:Icelander
Area:102,775 km²
(39,682 sq mi)
Population:359,000
Currency:Icelandic króna


Keywords: Flag and coat of arms of Iceland (Icelandic: Fáni og skjaldarmerki Íslands), GIF

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