It’s Eesti

Flag of Estonia

Flag of Estonia

I can already hear all of you laughing and jeering at your screens. “He calls himself a postcard collector and this is his first postcard from Estonia.” Yeah. Yeah. Laugh your heads of. Okay, no, I know that my readers are all nice and are sympathetic right now, not jeering. Anyway, this postcard of the flag of Estonia (which is one of my favourite flags) comes from an angel named Janne. The flag shown here is a variant of the original flag of Estonia, which you should know, has no coat of arms on it. The Estonians quite creatively call the flag, the blue-black-white. The flag was adopted 7 months after Estonian independence, on 21 November 1918. This flag really has had its ups and downs, literally. After the first Soviet Occupation in 1940, it was removed from Pikk Hermann Tower and replaced with the Soviet Flag. After the German invasion of 1941, it became the ethnic flag but was not the national flag. After the German retreat, it was once again hoisted in 1944, this time for less than a month, before it was once again replaced by the Soviet Flag of Estonia. The flag became an illegal symbol until¬†perestroika¬†was declared and on 7 August 1990, it was once again accepted as the official flag of Estonia. Interestingly, the flag is meant to look like the land of Estonia. The blue sky, over the black forest in the distance, and the white snow in the foreground. Upon closer inspection, I realised that it really does look like that. Interesting story behind this flag. Thank you Janne!