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Greenland - Other Proposals for the Flag

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Proposal by Sven Tito Achen

[Proposal by Sven Tito Achen for a Greenland flag] image by Jan Oskar Engene, 10 March 1996

A Scandinavian cross flag with a green field with a white cross proposed by Danish heraldist Sven Tito Achen in 1984.
Jan Oskar Engene, 10 March 1996


Proposal by Andersson

[Proposal by Andersson for a Greenland flag] image by Jan Oskar Engene, 10 March 1996

The flag proposal described by Andersson is: White field, green cross in proportions 28 : 37 (12-4-12 : 12-4-21). The proposal was made in 1991 by unidentified people.
White is for the ice and cold climate, green is for the life existing despite the unfavourable conditions. Green is also for the name of the country in European languages. The Greenlanders themselves call their country 'Kalaallit Nunaat'.
Source:
Anderrson, Nordiska korsflaggor [and92] , and Andersson, Under nordisk flagg [and94].
Jan Oskar Engene
, 10 March 1996


Third Proposal

[Third proposal for a Greenland flag] image by Jan Oskar Engene, 10 March 1996

Another proposal was a red field with a narrow green cross bordering the central white cross.
Jan Oskar Engene
, 10 March 1996


Fourth Proposal

[Fourth proposal for a Greenland flag] image by Jan Oskar Engene, 10 March 1996

The first serious proposal for a Greenland flag came in 1973 when five people suggested that green-white-blue flag might be appropriate.
Jan Oskar Engene
, 10 March 1996


More proposals

I have browsed the pages of the Greenlandic newspaper Atuagagdliut/Gronlandsposten and as a by-catch I have found a few pages showing different proposals for a flag for Greenland. Probably there are a few more; and certainly it would help if anyone could provide some translation (from Danish at least!).
http://timarit.is/view_page_init.jsp?issId=267952&pageId=3792905&lang=en
http://timarit.is/view_page_init.jsp?issId=267961&pageId=3793105&lang=en
http://timarit.is/view_page_init.jsp?issId=268228&pageId=3799873&lang=en
http://timarit.is/view_page_init.jsp?issId=268236&pageId=3800108&lang=en
http://timarit.is/view_page_init.jsp?issId=268240&pageId=3800215&lang=en 
http://timarit.is/view_page_init.jsp?issId=268567&pageId=3811857&lang=en
pp. 1, 10, 11

And two articles about the flag actually adopted in 1985:
http://timarit.is/view_page_init.jsp?issId=268615&pageId=3813936&lang=en
http://timarit.is/view_page_init.jsp?issId=268616&pageId=3813988&lang=en
Marcus Schmöger, 22 September 2011


Sources

  • Nils G Bartholdy: 'Gronlands flag', Heraldisk tidsskrift, No. 53, 1986, pp,. 111-116
  • Inge Kleivan: 'The creation of Greenland's new national symbol: the flag', Folk: Journal of the Danish Ethnographic Society, Vol. 30, 1988, pp. 32-56

Jan Oskar Engene, 10 March 1996