The flag of the Faroe Islands is a Nordic cross flag with a white field and a blue cross. The vertical arm of the cross shifts towards the hoist side of the flag. Its horizontal arms shift towards the fly side of the flag. There is no official ratio for the flag, but people commonly see it in a 5:8 or 4:7 ratio.
The white color represents the foam of the sea, while the blue color represents the ocean that surrounds the Faroe Islands. The cross design is a symbol of Christianity. It has been the dominant religion on the islands since the Viking Age.
A group of Faroese students studying in Copenhagen designed the flag in 1919. The flag was raised on June 22, 1919, to honor the visit of Danish King Christian X. Since 1948, the Faroe Islands have used the flag as their official flag. Denmark granted home rule to the islands during that time.