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FAROE ISLANDS FLAGS AND BUNTING

The flag was designed by two Facroese students in Copenhagen, using Norwegian and Icelandic colours with the Scandinavian cross. Red and blue are also traditional Faeroese colours and the white represents the foam of the sea and the clear, bright sky of the Faeroes Islands. Until 1940 the Faeroese flag was used only on land but in April 1940, after the Germans occupied Denmark, Faeroese ships began to use it at sea. The first to recognize the Faeroese flag were the British authorities; it was officially announced in a BBC broadcast on 25 April 1940 by Winston Churchill, at that time First Lord of the Admiralty, and ever since 25 April has been celebrated as Faeroese Flag Day.