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The flag was designed by two Facroesestudents in Copenhagen, using Norwegianand Icelandic colours with theScandinavian cross. Red and blue are alsotraditional Faeroese colours and the whiterepresents the foam of the sea and the clear,bright sky of the Faeroes Islands.Until 1940 the Faeroese flag was usedonly on land but in April 1940, after theGermans occupied Denmark, Faeroeseships began to use it at sea. The first torecognize the Faeroese flag were the Britishauthorities; it was officially announced ina BBC broadcast on 25 April 1940 byWinston Churchill, at that time First Lordof the Admiralty, and ever since 25 Aprilhas been celebrated as Faeroese Flag Day.