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Iceland Flag

Shop for authentic Iceland Flags. We offer indoor and outdoor Iceland flags in durable nylon. Our outdoor flags are finished with a canvas heading, while indoor flags are finished with a lined pole hem and your choice of with or without fringe. We also offer indoor and outdoor Iceland flag sets. In addition to the flags we offer for purchase, we maintain an archive of the audio for the Iceland National Anthem, historical information about the Iceland flag, and demographic data about Iceland

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History of the Iceland Flag

A white cross on a blue background paraded in 1897 were the colors of the first ever Iceland flag. In 1915 a red cross was added within the white cross representing Christianity. This version of the flag was officially adopted as the national flag in 1918 following Iceland's newfound independence from Denmark. Prior to being officially accepted, this version of the flag had been used at sea but after, Iceland had become an individual Kingdom moving away from the group of other Scandinavian countries, hence this version of the flag became official.

The three colors of the flag are said to be depictive of the landscape, red being volcano's, white representing snow and ice, and blue representing the blue mountainous regions.

On the June 17th, 1944 Iceland become a Republic and the first law was announced concerning the flag and its use. A further two laws were issued in 1991, one defining the time and days the official flag can be drawn and the other, the specific colors the flag is made up of.

The law states the flag is regarded as a privilege and not an entitlement, it should be in pristine condition. The owner should abide by the directions of the law for its operation. The Iceland flag is not to be disrespected, there is a possible fine or imprisonment of up to one year if instructions are not followed.

The timings for the flag to be flown state not before 7am and ideally not flown after sunset and it must not be flown after midnight. The exception is that it can be raised at an assembly outdoors, official occasion, memorial, or funeral. The flag can stay out for the duration of these events but it must not stay out after midnight under any circumstance.

The law set on the January 23rd, 1991 sanctioned the national flag days, which requires the flag to be drawn and raised at official buildings supervised by selected representatives of the state. There is a list of Flag days and additional days can be added annually by the Prime Minister’s office. The flag is to be fully drawn on these days with the one exception being Good Friday where the flag is to be drawn to half-mast.

The Presidential flag of Iceland bares a coat of arms and is displayed at the homes of the President along with any transport they use.

Iceland is located in the North Atlantic, it is a Nordic Island country, with its capital being Reykjavic. It is just outside of the Arctic circle with cool summers and a temperate climate that it is warmed by the gulf stream.

The culture on this island comes from its Scandinavian heritage. The Norse and Gaelic were some of the first settlers with current Icelanders mainly being descendants of these. The language is North Germanic originating from the Old West Norse dialect.

Geographic Coordinates
65 00 N, 18 00 W
Area
103,000 sq km
Population
308,910
Life Expectancy
80.79 years
Government Type
Constitutional republic
Capital
Reykjavik
GDP
$12.15 billion (2009 est.)
Unemployment
8.2% (December 2009 est.)
Currency
Icelandic kro (ISK)
Calling Code
+354
Internet TLD
.is

Iceland National Anthem

Hymn (Lofsongur)

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Lyrics

Oh, God of our country! Oh, our country's God!
We worship Thy name in its wonder sublime.
The suns of the heavens are set in Thy crown
By Thy legions, the ages of time!
With Thee is each day as a thousand years,
Each thousand of years, but a day,
Eternity's flow'r, with its homage of tears,
That reverently passes away.
Iceland's thousand years,
Iceland's thousand years!
Eternity's flow'r, with its homage of tears,
That reverently passes away.

Our God, our God, we bow to Thee,
Our spirits most fervent we place in Thy care.
Lord, God of our fathers from age unto age,
We are breathing our holiest prayer.
We pray and we thank Thee a thousand years,
For safely protected we stand;
We pray and we bring Thee our homage of tears,
Our destiny rest in Thy hand.
Iceland's thousand years,
Iceland's thousand years!
The hoarfrost of morning which tounted those years,
Thy sun rising high, shall command!

Our country's God! Our God's country!
Our life is a feeble and quivering reed;
We perish, deprived of Thy spirit and light
To redeem and uphold in our need.
Inspire us at morn with Thy courage and love,
And lead through the days of our strife!
At evening send peace from Thy heaven above,
And safeguard our nation through life.
Iceland's thousand years,
Iceland's thousand years!
O, prosper our people, diminish our tears
And guide, in Thy wisdom, through life!