Flag of Sweden

Sweden Flag

Country Information

Sovereign StateYes
Country CodesSE, SWE, 752
Official NameKingdom of Sweden
Government TypeConstitutional Monarchy and Parliamentary Democracy
CurrencySwedish Krona (SEK)
Calling Code+46
Member OfUnited Nations, European Union, Council of Europe, OECD, WTO, Nordic Council
PopulationApproximately 10.3 million
Total Area450,295 km²
Highest PointKebnekaise (2,097 meters, 6,882 feet)
Lowest PointKristianstad (-2.41 meters, -7.9 feet below sea level)
GDP Per CapitaUSD 51,610
Life Expectancy82 years
Internet TLD.se

Sweden National Anthem

Du gamla, Du fria (Thou ancient, Thou free)

Thou ancient, Thou free, Thou mountainous North
Thou quiet, Thou joyful [and] fair!
I greet thee, most beautiful land upon earth,
Thy sun, Thy sky, Thy meadows green.

Flags of Neighboring Countries

History of the Sweden Flag

The national flag of Sweden, known as the “Sveriges flagga,” has a history that dates back to the 16th century. The flag was officially adopted on June 22, 1906, but its design has been in use since at least the 1620s.

The Swedish flag features a blue field with a yellow or gold Nordic cross that extends to the edges of the flag. The cross represents Christianity, and the design is typical of Scandinavian countries. The blue color is said to symbolize truth, loyalty, and justice, while the yellow or gold represents generosity.

The origins of the Swedish flag are often attributed to King Charles XII of Sweden. Legend has it that the king, during one of his battles in the early 18th century, saw the golden cross against the blue sky and decided to adopt those colors for his flag.

Throughout its history, the flag has become a symbol of national pride and unity for Sweden. It is flown on public buildings, at international events, and is an essential part of Swedish cultural and national events like Midsummer, National Day, and at sporting events.

The Swedish flag’s colors have also influenced other aspects of Swedish culture and branding, making it instantly recognizable and closely associated with the country’s identity and heritage. The flag symbolizes Sweden’s history, its values, and its commitment to peace and neutrality in international affairs.