Flag of the Faroe Islands

The Faroese flag, known in Faroese as “Merkið”, has a unique 100-year history.  It was first designed and hoisted as a national banner in 1919 and officially recognised by the British Government on 25 April 1940 as the ensign of the Faroe Islands when British troops occupied the Faroe Islands during World War II. The 25th of April is celebrated as Flag Day and is a national holiday in the Faroe Islands.

Faroese Flag Day in London has always been an opportunity to emphasise the close historic ties between the Faroe Islands and the United Kingdom, highlighting and celebrating the many links made since the war years.

In 2022, the Faroese Flag Day event in London was held at the Churchill War Rooms with a special focus on the legacy of the British war-time occupation, and its contribution to the breadth and strength of Faroese-British relations today. A summary of the event with speeches and photos is available here. (PDF file)

The Representation of the Faroe Islands in London receives many requests from flag collectors. The Representation does not provide Faroese flags, interested collectors can contact commercial suppliers in the Faroe Islands, such as bookshops and souvenir shops.

Read more about the history of the Faroese flag here.