Greece is known for a lot of things. The ancient Greek history, the culture, the beautiful landscapes and of course the cuisine. But most of all, Greece is known as the land of endless blue and blinding white. The two colours which appear on her flag.
But have you ever wondered why the Greeks have chosen this colour combination? Maybe you thought “its because of the Cyklades Islands” But the story behind the Greek flag is different and really interesting.
The flag was officially adopted on December 22, 1978. It is popularly referred to as the “Κυανόλευκη” meaning “blue-white”. It has nine equal horizontal stripes of blue alternating with white with a blue square bearing a white cross appearing in the upper hoist – side corner.
Blue: Stands for the sky and the sea and symbolizes limitless opportunities.
White: represents clouds in the sky and waves in the sea and symbolizes perpetual progress.
Cross: symbolizes the Greek Orthodox Church, the established religion of Greece.
But why the nine stripes? They represent the nine syllables in the battle cry of Greek independence during the Hellenic Revolution war against the Ottoman Empire.