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No Flag for You

No Flag for You

The Danish flag is the oldest one in the world still in use, and pretty much nothing is known about how it came to be. According to the myth the Danes were fighting the Estonians in Estonia and were about to lose, so the Danes called upon God and asked him for help. Then a flag fell from the sky and a heavenly voice said that the Danes would win under this flag.

Thanks to that story is has become a popular joke in Denmark that God was trying to give the flag to the Estonians (it fell into their country after all) and the Danes just snatched it. :XD:

But it would seem that something did indeed happen in that war, because the Latvians have a very similar flag from the same period, so flag-interested people suspect that there might be some kind of link.

Non the less, Estonia was once again left out. :(

13th February 2012
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20 M
4 days ago #9329843        

That red isn't dark enough tho.

12 days ago #9326634        

You really should milk the Latvian flag story for another comic. Pair it up with Austria's as the origin legends are allmost the same but yet have important differences highlighting some of the nation's mentalities.

The Austrian legend is a very much classical heroic story of a great noble fighting a glorous battle and finding his white shirt all soaked in enemy blood but for a while line in the middle where his sword belt was. He used the shirt as a banner in the next battle and was victorious again.

The Latvian story is about a great hero being mortally wounded in a battle and laid on a table where he bled out from the uncountable cuts he sustained in that battle. The white cloth he laid on was soaked blood read but for a narrow stripe in the middle, where the hero laid. His tribesman took the sheet as a banner to the next battle against the invaders and crushed them.
It really highlights how melancholic beyond any reason Latvians are and how we revel in it.


15 F
2 months ago #9303144        

All she wanted was a flag.

2 months ago #9299671        

Estonia is always mistreated....

6 months ago #9243847        

Another reason Estland does not deserve not being Nordic.

7 months ago #9222947        

Estland über alles.


16 F
8 months ago #9200834        

Screw every history lesson in school! Your explanation are much better! *_*

9 months ago #9160205        


"As a Latvian-American, with relatives from Vidzeme, exclusively, and partial Livonian heritage, I am not sure why there would be any animosity between Estonians and Latvians, especially those ethnic Latvians, with Livonian backgrounds."

The southern border of baltic-finnic speaking region has slowly moved north during many millennia.

To survive, estonians need to draw the line. No further north.
If balts want to have closer future with estonians, then they should show more understanding.

You as partly livonian descent should especially understand that.
Estonians do not feel the need to be part of a baltic-dominated entity.

Now, if the balts were to relearn baltic-finnic language, then they would talk business, and we as well ;-)

EDIT. The Baltic cooperation is alive in some spheres. We can enlarge that cooperation with more mutual projects. But Estonia does not want to be a spouse (or worse, a child) in the baltic relationship, Estonia prefers to be a close family friend.

10 months ago #9153252        

I never realized that the Danish flag of the contemporary was almost the flag of Estonia! Very interesting!

I know in the case of the Latvian flag, legend has it that a cloth was draped over a fallen commander during an infamous battle. The cloth turned a crimson red/maroon from the commander's battle wounds, yet a narrow white stripe remained.

I always understood this story to be a larger characterization of the vigilance of the Baltic states to remain sovereign and independent, especially Latvija (ie. Estonia w/ Finland, and Lithuania w/ Poland). A distinction often overlooked, as Balts ethnically, are typically perceived as Slavic, Germanic, or Nordic peoples. As a Latvian-American, with relatives from Vidzeme, exclusively, and partial Livonian heritage, I am not sure why there would be any animosity between Estonians and Latvians, especially those ethnic Latvians, with Livonian backgrounds. We Livs are also Uralic-Turkic in origin :)

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