The Flag - Proposed designs for the Icelandic flag, submitted by the public in 1914

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The Flag - Fáninn

Most people who have visited Iceland or otherwise interested in it know how the Icelandic flag looks. But do you know how and when it came about? It is not as old as many might think and before our current flag was picked we had a flag featuring 3 flattened and salted cods (no joke).

This beautiful book is a collection of suggestions sent in when the Icelandic government asked the public to send ideas as to how they wanted their new flag to look like. The book even has the explanations and arguments presented with each submission. It is a fun read and gives one a glimpse into what people felt was important, perhaps revealing a part of Iceland's national identity.