Banner o the Faroe Islands

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Swallowtailed version o the banner, unoffeecial, but popular on the Islands
The oreeginal banner nou hangs in the kirk o Fámjin

The banner o the Faroe Islands is an affset cross, follaein as wi ither Nordic banners the tradition set bi Dannebrog. The banner is cawed Merkið which means "the banner" or "the mark". It resembles the banners o neighbouring Norrowey an Iceland.

The banner wis devised in 1919 bi Jens Oliver Lisberg an ithers while they wur studyin in Copenhagen. The first time the Merkið wis raised in the Faroe Islands wis on Juin 22 that year in Famjin on the occasion o a weddin. On 25 Aprile 1940 the Breetish occupation government approved the banner for uise bi Faroese vessels. Aprile 25 is still celebratit as Flaggdagur an it is a naitional holiday. Wi the Hame Rule Act o 23 Mairch 1948, the banner wis finally recognized bi the Dens Government as the naitional banner o the Faroes. The oreeginal copy o the banner is displayed in the kirk o Fámjin in Suðuroy.

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Merkið at Funningur, Eysturoy
Old version of the Faroese flag from the 19th century

In the muisic video for singer Björk's sang Declare Independence, the banner o the Faroe Islands (as well as that o Greenland's) are featured on the uniforms o those who appear in the video. Björk, who is frae the umwhile Dens possession o Iceland, haes utilized her sang as a wake-up caw for colonized fowks tae break their ties wi their colonizers.

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