Coat of arms of Finland
Coat of arms of Finland is officially used asthe main character of the state of the country only in 1978. Although it is clear at a glance that the characters depicted on it, have a much longer history. The roots should be sought in the Middle Ages, when the stylized lion appeared on the statue of Gustav I Vasa - one of the most famous Swedish monarchs. The statue was installed in the Gothic cathedral of the city of Uppsala.
The battle for the throne of animals
An interesting fact about the lion image onFinland coat of arms: the real fight broke out between supporters of the lion and the bear in a certain period of time at the fact what kind of animal must occupy a central position on the main character. Leo is still the ancient Scandinavians considered a symbol of power, the personification of power. Although, according to the assurances of individual scientists, it was not a lion and lynx, which is more familiar. Some people joined the discussion by offering to replace the image of an exotic lion stylized bear. After all, this animal appears as a symbol of northern Finland, is one of the most popular characters of Finnish folklore and popular culture.
There was a project of the Greater Coat of Arms of Finland,which was a place for a lion (lynx), and bear. However, the project officially has not been approved, the lion was the winner in the fight for a place on the national symbol of the country.
Power and might
Coat northern neighbor Russia clearly demonstratesthe desire of Finnish independence, the creation of a strong state that is able to withstand any enemy. Lion - the main character on the state emblem of the country. Every detail of it is special, each element plays a role. The design used the noble colors and shades:
- scarlet field shield;
- Golden Lion;
- saber and silver sword, its handle - gold;
- nine silver rosettes decorating field.
Leo turned in profile, his right paw a sword,raised up high. Left animal holds the sword. He seemed to be standing on it, symbolically defying - a kind of allusion to the victory of Christians over Muslims. The shield is crowned with the crown, similar to those used by the German princes.
When Finland was part of the RussianEmpire, the shield was placed on a background of a two-headed Russian eagle. At the same time the item was invented, called the Finnish crown. The Finns did not accept the crown. It was only in 1886 there was the coat of arms of Finland, which today can be seen on the official documents of the citizens of this country.