Suggested reading brought to you by Elmer’s Flag and Banner: International Flags
What represents all the colors in the rainbow and flies high? International flags, of course. Did you know there are 197 official countries, but dozens more international flags because some countries have territories or more than one official flag, like Australia which has three.
International flags symbolize the identity of a country. In America, every international country is represented in our diverse population and as people start to learn more about their heritage through DNA tests and genealogical research, their connection to a broader worldview increases. People are buying international flags to honor their heritage or to add to their growing collection.
The best part of international flags? They make a great way for kids to learn geography. We carry a wide assortment of hand-held international flags which make excellent and affordable teaching tools for students.
Currently, Scandinavian country flags such as those from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Greenland and Iceland are selling well. The Nordic Cross flag is easily recognizable, having originated as a symbol of Christianity and was used on banners during war, including the Northern Crusades. At that time, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and part of Finland were united under the Kalmar Union of 1397-1523.
If you’re interested in obtaining the historic Nordic Cross flag, they’re no longer commercially produced but Elmer’s can easily custom sew one or more for you in our sewing room upstairs from our Portland retail store.
Whether you’re looking to fly the Norges Flagg on Norway’s Flag Day May 17 or wish to honor your own unique heritage with an international flag, or a combination of international flags, we have what you’re looking for at Elmer’s Flag and Banner.
Elmer’s Flag and Banner
1332 N.E. Broadway, Portland
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