Behind the Greek Flag

The national flag of Greece consists of a white cross on a blue background in the upper left corner, with nine equal horizontal stripes of blue alternating with white. The cross represents the Eastern Orthodox Christianity of the Greeks.

It is traditionally believed that the nine stripes represent the nine syllables of the phrase ‘Ελευθερία ή Θάνατος’ (‘Eleftheria I Thanatos’), meaning (Freedom or Death). But some believe that are meant to symbolise the nine letters of the Greek word ‘freedom’ (ελευθερία or eleftheria).

The colours White and Blue, symbolise the colours of the Greek sky and the sea.

The Greek flag dates back to 1822, just after Greece declared its independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1821.

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