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[Flag of the Swedish Police] by Jan Oskar Engene

Editor's Note: Sweden has a national police service, responsible to the Ministry of Justice. The police service comprises the National Police Board, the National Laboratory of Forensic Science and 21 police authorities, each one responsible for the policing of the county in which it is situated.

Sean McKinniss, 3 April 2003

I just saw in Euronews channel a flag new to me. The footage was taken with relation with the case of attempted plain hihjacking by a presumed swedish aeropirate and showed a plain blue flag with the swedish three crowns, in yellow, inside the frame of a complicated shield, also in yellow. That is, there's the blue field, then the yellow border of the shield, then a blue field within the shield and finally the crowns.

Jorge Candeias, 2 September 2002

Perhaps it was the arms of the Police or the Security Police you saw? This site may help.

JJ Andersson, 2 September 2002

So we know now that the flag of the swedish police is blue with it's COA centered.

Jorge Candeias, 2 September 2002

At least 'a flag representing the Swedish police'. In which surroundings was it used?

Ole Andersen, 2 September 2002

I got the impression the flag flew from a police building. The emblem itself is interesting and has been subject to debate because it includes two crossed fasces. A common police emblem for Sweden was introduced in 1926 (if I remember correctly, will check this tonight) and consisted of two large crossed fasces with three smaller crowns, presumably in gold on a blue shield. Because of the political associations of the fasces, opinions were raised in favour of replacing them with oak leaves. The current police emblem, introduced in 1953 IIRC, is a compromise: The fasces have been placed behind the shield and tucked away in the greenery.

Jan Oskar Engene, 3 September 2002

When I also saw this footage, it seemed to me that the flag was square, am I wrong?

Pascal Gross, 3 September 2002

My impression, from the way the flag flapped in the wind, was that the flag in the footage was rectangular. However, I could be wrong. My image is, as mentioned, a reconstruction, so the ratio as well as the size of the emblem may be in error.

Jan Oskar Engene, 3 September 2002

Looks good, except that the emblem seems to be too big. To me, it looked like it was spaning some 2/3 or 3/4 of the height only.

Jan Oskar Engene, 3 September 2002

This flag is in fairly common use by the Police in Sweden. I don't know how official it is, though. The flag is rectangular. By the way, the blue shade is a bit more clear blue, not exactly like in the Swedish flag.

Elias Granqvist, 3 September 2002