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The banner o Norawa is reid wi an indigo blue Scandinavian cross ootlined in white that stends till the banner's edges; the cross's upricht pairt is shiftit tae the hyst side in the style o the Dannebrog, the Dens banner. The naitional banner's proportions is 22:16 (width tae heicht), its colour elements haein weenths o 6:1:2:1:12 an heichts o 6:1:2:1:6. The state banner's proportions is 27:16, or 6:1:2:1:6:11 horizontally an 6:1:2:1:6 vertically.

The reid colour sall be PMS 200 an the blue PMS 281 in the Pantone seestem.[1] This approximates tae the RGB values #BA0C2F (red)[2] an #00205B (blue).[3]

Naitional an merchant banner

State an war banner


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Fredrik Meltzer refert his proponin juist in time tae be exhibitit in pairliament on 4 Mey 1821 thegither wi a lairge nummer o ither proponins. It wis approbate bi baith houses in the follaein twa week. Meltzer hissel providit nae written explanation o his design an colour choice. Housomeivver, his mynt mey be taikent tae an earlier letter o the 30t Aprile wi his observes regairdin the proponin frae the banner committee. That design wis dividit quarterly reid an white. Meltzer objectit tae the colours acause thay wur ower seemilar tae the Dens banner anes. He addit that it equally wadnae be eftergate tae chuise the colours o ony o "thae states wi whilk we hae been or are connectit". Insteid, he recommendit a tricolor o reid, white an blue, "three colours that nou denote freedom, lik we hae seen in the French freedom banner, an still see in the Dutch an Americans anes, an in the Union o the Inglish".[4]

His eventual chyce a few days efter o a Nordic cross wis drawn bi his son, Gerhard, an wis clearly based on the tradeetion establisht bi the ither Nordic kintras, Denmark an Swaden. The reid an blue colours forby explicitly refert tae the same twa kintras, umwhile an present union pairtners. It wis clearly unnerstuid bi aw wha teuk pairt in the banner discussions locally, in the press or in parliament whit thae colours denotit. A predominantly reid banner haed mony adherents amang thaim wha wis attacht tae the union wi Denmark or tae its banner, whilk fur centuries haed been Norawa's banner an aw. Ithers, wha saw Denmark as a thringer, favourt the blue colour associate wi the new Swadish dynasty.[5] Consequently, maist o the ither banner proposals on the agenda haed either reid or blue as the predominant colour, dependin on the poleetical preferences o the proposers.[6]


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  1. The Norwegian flag | Nordic cooperation
  2. "PANTONE® 200 C - Find a Pantone Color | Quick Online Color Tool | Pantone". Archived frae the original on 16 Julie 2021. Retrieved 10 Apryle 2021.
  3. "PANTONE® 281 C - Find a Pantone Color | Quick Online Color Tool | Pantone". Archived frae the original on 16 Julie 2021. Retrieved 10 Apryle 2021.
  4. Stortingsarkivet: Meltzer's letter of 30 April, http://www.stortinget.no/om_stortinget/flagg/039-18210430Meltzer_01-04.pdf
  5. Stortingsarkivet: printed circular letter from Kielland, 5 September 1820, http://www.stortinget.no/om_stortinget/flagg/023-18210220OEP82T_01-05.pdf
  6. Munksgaard, Jan Henrik: "Et nytt flagg for Norge 1814-1821", In: Nordisk flaggkontakt, Vol. 40, 2005, pp.19-30.