15 September 2016

#1154 Tallinn, Estonia

The national flag of Estonia (EstonianEesti lipp) is a tricolour featuring three equal horizontal bands of blue (top), black, and white. The normal size is 105 × 165 cm. In Estonian it is colloquially called the "sinimustvalge" (literally "blue-black-white"), after the colours of the bands.

There are a number of interpretations attributed to the colours of the flag. A historical interpretation of the colours has blue representing ancient freedom, truth, sky and sea, black symbolizing soil, lost independence and dark coats, and white, the promise and pursuit of a brighter future.

Another interpretation made popular by the poetry of Martin Lipp is as follows:
  • blue: vaulted blue sky above the native land;
  • black: attachment to the soil of the homeland as well as the fate of Estonians – for centuries black with worries;
  • white: purity, hard work, and commitment

Aitäh !

Sent on: September 9, 2016
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1 comment:

Graham Clayton said...

Interesting to see the reference to chess player Paul Keres. While never world champion, Keres defeated 9 world champions during his long and illustrious career, and is considered by many chess players to be the best player who was never crowned World Champion.