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Greenland (‘Kalaallit Nunaat’) got its own flag in 1985, called ‘Erfalasorput’ (‘our flag’). It was designed by Thue Christiansen, a Greenlandic artist, teacher, and politician. The flag features two equal horizontal bands of white (on top) and red (‘Aappalaartoq’) with a large disk at the center: the top half of the disk is red, the bottom half is white. The red part symbolizes the sun rising over the polar ice cap, while the colors refer to the Danish flag. The current red-and-white design by Christiansen narrowly won over a green-and-white Nordic cross by a vote of fourteen to eleven.