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In a group of Norway regional and local flags I found two flags not
identified. They are in pattern similar to the regional flags but include in the group of local flags. Nynorsk: red background with yellow scandinavian cross.
Jaume Ollé, 16 January 1997
The red and yellow cross design probably refers to a flag used by the 'nynorsk' language movement well before World War II - and probably also before the early 1930's. The Norwegian national socialist party was founded by Quisling in 1933. The party adopted a red and yellow Scandinavian cross flag and the sun cross as a party emblem. One organisation in the 'nynorsk' language movement scrapped their emblem (the sun cross, or cross of St. Olav which they had used for some time), and adopted a different one to avoid being associated with the nazi party. Avoiding such associations became only stronger after the war, and is still important today. So, even before the 1930's, I think there were not an official 'nynorsk' flag used throughout the movement (but I could be wrong on this point). 'Nynorsk' is, BTW, one of the two standards of written Norwegian.
Jan Oskar Engene, 17 January 1997