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by Filip Van Laenen, 9 March 1997
One of largest dailies in Estonian " Eesti
initiated a discussion about the possibility of changing the
historical Estonian national tricolour of blue-black-white to Scandinavian cross with same
colours. The newspaper has opened a voting page and
discussion site on the Internet.
Sites (in Estonian):
Articles and discussions:
Teet Koitjdrv, 7 December 2001
I join an article and the propositional flag that come from
Pascal Vagnat' website:
"Flag with cross and Estlande - The Republic of Estonia suffers from a lack of image, being often confused(merged) with his(her) Baltic neighbours. Next to all the projects thrown (launched) by the government to increase the fame of the country, represents that radical of the former (ancient) leader of secret services, Erik-Niiles Krose, for whom it is necessary to change the name of the country and to endow it with a new flag, because according to him, the former (ancient) emblems would play in his disfavour. He proposes that the country is called " Estlande ", who would evoke prosperous countries as Finland or Ireland. According to Kaarel Tara´d, director of the governmental press relations department, " A flag decorated with a cross instead of three bands(strips) of colour would show at once that we belong to the community of the countries of the North, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. " This proposition is successful: 20 % of the population of the country wants to live in a country called " Estlande " endowed with a flag with Scandinavian cross. Already numerous supporters(supports) chanted this new name by shaking the flag with cross during the last contest of basketball Estonie-Lettonie.
To read: Smirnov, Alexe´, " Lives Estlande and Scandinavian cross ", NovyÚ Izvestia's article, appeared in international Mail (courier), on Thursday , February 28, 2002."
Arnaud Leroy, 2 April 2002
There seems not to be an Estonian Consulate in New York City,
but there has been a town house in Manhattan for at least fifty
years called Estonia House, which has managed the cultural
affairs of the Estonian expatriate community, including during
the time when Estonia was part of the Soviet Union. I questioned
several people about the possible new flag, and they all said
they have no new information, although they read the Estonian
papers online daily. They added that they were strongly against
any change ("What's wrong with our flag?"); moreover,
they thought that a large majority of Estonians were also against
any such change.
Lewis A. Nowitz, 3 April 2002