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Proposals for the Åland Islands flag

Last modified: 2006-03-11 by phil nelson
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[Flag of the Åland Islands] image by Željko Heimer

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[Ed. Note: This text translation is based upon an image of proposals for an Åland Islands flag identified by Jan Mertens at, specifically linked at this page. The description in Swedish is first, under which is the English translation.]

Många förslag - Under den tid som flaggfrågan diskuterades av landstinget, från slutet av 1930-talet till början av 1950-talet, gjordes en lång rad förslag. Här ses de som förekom i den allmänna debatten.

Many proposals - During the time the flag issue was discussed by the county council, from the end of the 1930's to the beginning of the 1950's, many proposals were made. Here are the ones that occurred in the common debate.

First image

Ett av landskapsarkeolog Matts Dreijers förslag, nämnt första gången 1939.

One of landscape archeologist Matts Dreijer's1 proposals, first mentioned 1939.

Second image

Ett annat av landskapsarkeolog Matts Dreijers förslag, omnämnt 1946.

Another of landscape archeologist Matts Dreijer's1 proposals, mentioned 1946.

Third image

Flaggan som presidenten sade nej till. Den var för lik den svenska.

The flag that the president [of Finland] said no to. It was to similar to the Swedish [flag].

Fourth image

"Pestflaggan". Landskapsstyrelsens förslag som landstinget tyckte var för fult.

The 'Plague flag'. The provincial council's proposal that the county council found too unattractive.

Fifth image

Ett förslag som förekom i debatten 1953, men inte vann några större skaror anhängare.

A proposal that occurred in the debate in 1953, but did not get many supporters.

Sixth image

Ett förslag som hissades på prov i Västerhamn i november 1953.

A proposal hoisted in Västerhamn in November 1953.

Seventh image

Förekom i debatten 1953 och provhissades i mars och november.

Occurred in the debate in 1953 and hoisted as a trial in March and November.

Eighth image

Förslaget som dök upp i sista stund före avgörandet och avgick med segern.

The proposal presented at the last minute before the decision, and won.

1Matts Dreijer (1901-1998) was born in Estonia, but moved to Åland when he was six. This page tells a lot about him, It is in English. He has also designed some of the coat of arms of Åland/Finland, see
translated by Christian Berghänel, 17 February 2006