Flag of Svalbard and Jan Mayen

Svalbard and Jan Mayen Flag

Country Information

Sovereign StateNo (Territories of Norway)
Country CodesSJ, SJM, 744
Official NameSvalbard and Jan Mayen
ContinentEurope (Svalbard is located in the Arctic Ocean, Jan Mayen in the North Atlantic Ocean)
CapitalLongyearbyen (Svalbard), no official capital for Jan Mayen
Government TypeIntegral parts of Norway with special status
CurrencyNorwegian Krone (NOK)
Calling Code+47
Member OfPart of Norway, hence a part of the United Nations and related organizations through Norway
PopulationSvalbard: Approx. 2,900, Jan Mayen: No permanent residents
Total AreaSvalbard: 61,022 km², Jan Mayen: 377 km²
Highest PointSvalbard: Newtontoppen (1,713 meters, 5,620 feet), Jan Mayen: Beerenberg (2,277 meters, 7,470 feet)
Lowest PointArctic Ocean (0 meters, 0 feet)
GDP Per CapitaNot available
Life ExpectancyNot specifically calculated
Internet TLD.sj (rarely used)

National Anthem

As territories of Norway, Svalbard and Jan Mayen use the Norwegian national anthem:

Ja, vi elsker dette landet (Yes, We Love This Country)

Yes, we love this country
as it rises forth,
rugged, weathered, over the water,
with the thousands of homes.

Flags of Neighboring Countries

History of the Flag

Svalbard and Jan Mayen do not have their own official flags and use the flag of Norway. Norway’s flag is a red field with a blue cross outlined in white that extends to the edges of the flag; the vertical part of the cross is shifted to the hoist side.

The Norwegian flag was adopted on July 17, 1821, and the design is a Scandinavian cross, a common motif in Nordic countries, representing Christianity. The red, white, and blue colors are a blend of traditional Norwegian colors and the colors of France, symbolizing liberty and independence.

In Svalbard and Jan Mayen, the Norwegian flag symbolizes the territories’ connection to Norway. It represents the governance and sovereignty of Norway over these remote areas. While the territories are under Norwegian sovereignty, they have unique statuses. Svalbard, for example, is subject to the Svalbard Treaty which allows citizens of signatory countries equal rights to reside and conduct business.

The use of the Norwegian flag in Svalbard and Jan Mayen signifies the extension of Norwegian law and protection, as well as the integration of these territories into the administrative framework of Norway. Despite their remote locations, the flag symbolizes the unity and inclusiveness of the territories within the Kingdom of Norway.