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Helsinki (Finland)

Helsinki, Helsingfors

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[Flag of Helsinki]
image by Mark Sensen

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About the flag

Flagmaster no 4, Winter 1971, has an article about the flags of the capital cities of Europe. It states the flag of Helsinki was adopted or used for the first time in 1967 for an exhibition.
Pascal Vagnat
, 12 November 1999

The flag is a banner of the arms, and the arms of Helsinki is older than 1967.
The name of Helsinki in Swedish is Helsingfors. About 7.5 % of the city's population has Swedish as their first language. Helsinki was founded in 1550 and became the capital of Finland in 1812 (before this, the most important city in Finland had been Turku (in Swedish: Åbo)).
Elias Granqvist
, 5 November 2000


[Flag of Helsinki] image by Mark Sensen

A pennant or streamer with the Helsinki charge can be seen in Helsinki too, the image of the shield takes up the hoist end, tilted like it is meant to be vertically hoisted, while the fly is parted along the pennant in blue and white.
Elias Granqvist
, 28 December 2010


Official blazon in Finnish: "Sinisessä kentässä kultainen vene uimassa hopeisella, aaltokoroisella tyviöllä; veneen yläpuolella saatteena kultakruunu."
Official blazon in Swedish: "I blått fält en båt av guld flytande på en medelst en vågskura bildad stam av silver; båten ovanför åtföljd av en krona av guld."

Blazoned in English: Azure floating upon a base wavy Argent a boat ensigned with a crown Or.
Joe McMillan, 11 October 2011