Household pennant

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Finnish general pennant, blue-cross pennant

Household pennants in Finland is quite common Finnish tradition. A household pennant (Finnish: isännänviiri, Swedish: husbondsvimpel) can be flown whenever there is no flag day and it is usually a means of telling that the "master of the house" is at home. These pennants have a long, narrow, triangular shape, usually half the length of the flag pole. The triangle has a base of roughly one tenth of the length and it is connected to the pole via a single lanyard, giving the pennant the ability to rotate while flying.[1]

The different regions of Finland have been connected with some traditional colors (often from the coats of arms of the historical provinces of Finland and modern provinces), and these are often reflected in the household pennant. The pennants sometimes also incorporate the regional arm into the design. The shapes, designs and uses of the pennants are however not regulated by law, as long as they do not interfere with uses of the regular flag, which is regulated. It is also allowed to fly a pennant overnight. In addition to the general pennant (which is based on the flag of Finland) and the regional variants, there are also family, city and municipality variants, of which any may be flown. A common practice is to either fly the pennant of the region of residence or the pennant from which the family members come.

Finland Finnish general pennant.svg
Swedish-speaking Finns Pennant of Swedish-speaking Finns.svg
president of the Republic Presidential pennant of Finland.svg

Finnish regional household pennants

As the Finnish household pennant is connected to the pole with a single lanyard, the pennant has the ability to revolve around its horizontal axis. Thus, an actual pennant does not have a "top" side.

historical provinces
Finland Proper Pennant of historical province of Finland Proper.svg
Karelia Pennant of historical province of Karelia.svg
Laponia Pennant of historical province of Laponia.svg
Ostrobothnia Pennant of historical province of Ostrobothnia.svg
Satakunta Pennant of Satakunta.svg
Savonia Pennant of historical province of Savonia.svg
Tavastia Pennant of historical province of Tavastia.svg
Uusimaa Pennant of historical province of Uusimaa.svg
Åland Pennant of Åland.svg
modern provinces
Central Finland Pennant of Central Finland.svg
Central Ostrobothnia Pennant of Central Ostrobothnia.svg
Coastal Ostrobothnia Pennant of Coastal Ostrobothnia.svg
Finland Proper Pennant of Finland Proper.svg
Kainuu Pennant of Kainuu.svg
Kymenlaakso Pennant of Kymenlaakso.svg
Lapland Pennant of Lapland.svg
Northern Karelia Pennant of Northern Karelia.svg
Northern Ostrobothnia Pennant of Northern Ostrobothnia.svg
Northern Savonia Pennant of Northern Savonia.svg
Pirkanmaa Pennant of Pirkanmaa.svg
Päijänne Tavastia Pennant of Päijänne Tavastia.svg
Satakunta Pennant of Satakunta.svg
Southern Karelia Pennant of Southern Karelia.svg
Southern Ostrobothnia Pennant of Southern Ostrobothnia.svg
Southern Savonia Pennant of Southern Savonia.svg
Tavastia Proper Pennant of Tavastia Proper.svg
Uusimaa Pennant of Uusimaa.svg
Åland Pennant of Åland.svg

See also


  1. ^ Finnish "husband" pennants Flags of the World

External links

  • Isännänviirit Flagmore (in Finnish)
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