The Faroese flag is Scandinavian in tradition and appearance. It features a red cross, off-set, edged by blue, against a white background.
It was devised in 1919 by the Faroese student, Jens Oliver Lisberg, and was first raised in his home village, Fámjin on the island of Suðuroy, on the occasion of a wedding. The original flag can be seen in the village church there.
On April 25th 1940, the British government gave approval for the flag to be flown by all Faroese vessels. This date is now celebrated as Flag Day and is a national holiday. With home rule in 1948, the flag was recognised by the Danish government as the official flag of the Faroe Islands.

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