Banner o Norawa
The banner o Norawa is red wi an indigo blue Scandinavian cross ootlined in white that extends tae the edges o the banner; the vertical pairt o the cross is shiftit tae the hoist side in the style o the Dannebrog, the banner o Denmark. The proportions o the naitional banner are 22:16 (width tae height), its colour elements haein widths o 6:1:2:1:12 an heights o 6:1:2:1:6. The proportions o the state banner are 27:16, or 6:1:2:1:6:11 horizontally an 6:1:2:1:6 vertically.
Naitional an merchant banner
State an war banner
Fredrik Meltzer submittit his proposal juist in time tae be exhibitit in parliament on 4 Mey 1821 together wi a lairge number o ither proposals. It wis approved bi baith chambers durin the follaein twa weeks. Meltzer hissel providit nae written explanation o his choice o design an colours. Housomeivver, his intentions mey be inferred frae an earlier letter of 30 Aprile wi his comments regardin the proposal frae the banner committee. That design wis dividit quarterly red an white. Meltzer objectit tae the colours acause they wur too similar tae those o the Dens banner. He addit that it wad be equally unseemly tae choose the colours o ony o "those states wi which we hae been or are connectit". Instead, he recommendit a tricolor of red, white an blue, "three colours that nou denote freedom, such as we hae seen in the French banner o freedom, an still see in that o the Dutch an Americans, an in the Union o the Inglish".
His eventual choice a few days later of a Nordic cross wis drawn by his son, Gerhard, and wis clearly based on the tradition establisht bi the ither Nordic kintras, Denmark an Swaden. The red an blue colours an aa explicitly referred tae the same twa kintras, umwhile an present union pairtners. It wis clearly unnerstuid bi aw who teuk pairt in the banner discussions locally, in the press or in parliament what those colours denotit. A predominantly red banner haed many adherents amang those who wur attached tae the union wi Denmark or tae its banner, which for centuries haed an aa been that o Norawa. Ithers, who saw Denmark as an oppressor, favoured the blue colour associatit wi the new Swadish dynasty. Consequently, maist o the ither banner proposals on the agenda haed either red or blue as the predominant colour, dependin on the poleetical preferences o the proposers.
- Stortingsarkivet: Meltzer's letter of 30 April, http://www.stortinget.no/om_stortinget/flagg/039-18210430Meltzer_01-04.pdf
- Stortingsarkivet: printed circular letter from Kielland, 5 September 1820, http://www.stortinget.no/om_stortinget/flagg/023-18210220OEP82T_01-05.pdf
- Munksgaard, Jan Henrik: "Et nytt flagg for Norge 1814-1821", In: Nordisk flaggkontakt, Vol. 40, 2005, pp.19-30.