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Vihreä liitto/Gröna Förbundet

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[The Greens of Finland]  [The Greens of Finland]  [The Greens of Finland] images by M. Schmöger, 14 May 2015

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The Greens were founded in 1987, absorbing a couple of green organisations over time. They currently hold 15 seats in the 200-seat parliament. They participated in several government coalitions.
The symbol is simply the short party name in Finnish and Swedish (Vihreät De GrÖna), in white on green (or vice versa). The flags are green with the white inscription. I have found three versions of the flag:
- a triangular pennant [1,2]
- a rectangular vertical flag [3]
- a beach flag [4,5,6]
Furthermore, there are portrait flags also in the beach flag format [7].
M. Schmöger, 14 May 2015

This source [6] suggests that there is also a flag for the women's wing of the party.
Tomislav Todorović, 14 May 2015

This might spawn a discussion on "what is a flag?" and "what kind of flags should we consider for FOTW?".
This image does indeed show advertising material of the women's wing, but this is a roll-up screen, and not really a flag (IMHO). The problem is of course, that particularly with political parties, the boundaries between flags and other advertisement material are definitely blurred. Many vexillologists would, for instance, not consider the beach flags or teardrop flags as real flags at all. And a lot of others would not even consider the different types of vertical flags, that are so commonplace in Germany, Austria etc., as flags proper.
M. Schmöger, 15 May 2015

Recently, I have encountered a similar problem with the flag-like images which are used as a sort of online counterparts of the flags and have asked the same question.
This is how it looked to me, too, but its design suggests the possibility of a flag's existence.
The vertical flags seem to be generally accepted as flags proper, at FOTW at least - they certainly are used as the flags. Regarding the beach flags, or teardrop flags, or feather flags (the last of these names is actually the first one I have encountered), I have had a similar dilemma about them when exploring some political parties in Sweden (National Democrats, for instance, make an extensive use of these) and have left the others to report about them.
This is also similar to the distinction between the flags and wall decorations (pulldowns etc.), or the flags and demostration posters, and so forth. In each case, we have to look carefully for the details which might reveal if it is really a flag.
Tomislav Todorovic