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[flag of Seskarö]
located by Mikael Parkvall, 31 July 2010

Finally something I didnít see myself, but which I happened to come across on the web. A proposed flag for Seskarö (Finnish: Seittenkaari). Seskarö is an island with 500+ inhabitants in Haparanda municipality, the the county of Norrbotten. The area belongs to the traditionally Finnish-speaking border lands, and is part of the Tornedalian culture area (FOTW already has their flag under the heading "Tornedalians").
The Seskarö flag is discussed (together with a sketch) at this web page:
The text mentions the flag as a "proposal" and "prototype".
The symbolism is explained (in somewhat broken Swedish, actually) as follows: yellow = sun, warmth, spring; blue = sea, sky, coolness; black = autumn darkness; white = snow. The red tail part is literally "the blood of all human struggle, such as work and ideological aspiration". In addition, the relationship with the Swedish (blue+yellow) and Finnish (blue+white) flags is mentioned, as is the fact that blue + yellow yields green, which could symbolise the vegetation. The text then goes on to state that the entire life is contained in the flag, since white could also symbolise birth, while the black field could stand for death. "No other flag embodies so much symbolism", the text concludes.
Mikael Parkvall, 31 July 2010