Swallowtailed version used by Åland yacht clubs (badge of club replaces oval in canton)
Unofficial flag 1921-1954
The flag of Åland hangs with the flag of Finland.
The flag of Orkney, with opposite colours from that of Åland.
flag of refers to the geographical and political position of the Åland Finnish islands of Åland. It is the Swedish flag defaced by a red cross symbolising Finland. (Today, blue and white are considered citation needed the Finnish colours, but in the early days of Finnish nationalism, red and yellow from the Finnish coat of arms were also an option.) citation needed
The flag has been the official flag of the
autonomous Finnish province of Åland since 1954. It was first hoisted in the capital Mariehamn on 3 April 1954. citation needed
Prior to autonomy, an unofficial horizontal bicolour
triband of blue-yellow-blue was in use. The flag was made illegal in 1935. 1 2
flag of Orkney in Scotland, created in 2007, is the opposite of the flag of Åland; much in the same way as the flag of Iceland is the opposite of the flag of Norway.
Flag of Åland at Flags of the World