The Norwegian Flag
National anthem: Ja, vi elsker dette landet (Yes, we love this country)
The second world war and Norwegian sport has both influenced the strong symbol witch is the Norwegian flag. Norwegian sport uses and honours the flag over the whole world and in all media.
The Norwegian flag is "Norge vårt land" (Norway our Country), our historical heritage and under war it was the active resistance symbol. Quisling - Government didn't allow to flag otherwise than what the law allowed. Today everybody can rise the flag when ever it suites them.
THE SIZE OF THE FLAG
HOW DO WE HOIST THE NORWEGIAN FLAG?
The colours of the flag is to be bright red with a dark blue cross inn it with straight angles. The blue cross is to have a white frame around it. The flag must have these measures 16 to 22:
When you want to rise the flag on a flagstaff, it is risen "steady and firm" and the line is hold tightly when you rise and lower the flag. The flag must never touch the ground. Flagging while you art on your cottage is good custom and you use the same rules as when you flag at home.
The balcony flagstaff are to be used as a normal flagstaff. Some balcony flags have lines can be flagged on half staff when mourning. The flag must only be used on a car the 1. may and 17. may. It must be well fastened to the car bonnet.
The flag must be taken care of so its not wrinkle and shabby when it is to be used. It must not be faded and it is to be mended when broken. If the flag is in a such condition that is must be thrown away, there are to ways of doing it. Either to burn it or to unstitch the flag and separate the colours so it can not be dishonoured later.
WE HOIST AND LOWER THE FLAG
The county of Nordland, Troms og Finnmark have their own rules for hoisting and lowering the flag. From november - february, the flag hoist at 10 a.m. and lowered at 3.p.m.
For private peoples use of the flag there are rules of conduct while for the military and the government there are specific rules. The rules of conduct are much alike the public specific rules for flagging. Many private people are not very occupied about the flag rules even if they care a lot about the Norwegian flag and want to use it.
People can rise the flag for every opportunity they find important. If they have won in lottery, for their own birthday, for a football victory or for a child's birth. Private persons are not bound to the official flagging hours, but If you have a flagstaff, it is better to flag one hour earlier and take it down one hour later, than not to flag. Even though there is free use of the flag, it is good custom to follow the main public rules for flagging.
OFFICIAL FLAG DAYS
You should also flag on election days or when the Government has decided you must flag. When King Olav V lived, his birthday was the 2. July, an official flagging day. In Norway we have no tradition to flag for dead kings and royal family members. Private persons may flag these days if they chose to.
SUMMER AND WINTER