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Naval jack (Sweden)

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[State flag of Sweden] Jan Oskar Engene, 1996-JUN-24

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About the Naval Jack

Neither Sweden nor Denmark uses a square version of the national flag as a jack. Both countries use the forked flag as both jack and ensign. It appears from photos that, though the jacks are smaller than the ensigns, they have the same proportions.

The 1971 Pedersen The International FLAG BOOK in Color [ped71] describes the Swedish ensign and jack as:

"Last adopted 1906. The Swedish swallow-tailed flag was originally the King's personal emblem, or the emblem representing a command conferred by the King. It was at first two-pointed, but about 1600 the distinctive swallow-tail-and-tongue appeared. Besides the Navy, the flag is also flown by other defense departments, while civil departments fly square flags."

The overall ratio, including the tails, is 2:1 and is similar to the royal standard without the COA.

Michael P. Smuda, 1998